Take a Book-Leave a Book


  • Due to Covid-19 - The Take a Book-Leave a Book Program has been suspended. Book houses and/or books have been removed. Please do not put new books in any of the houses. Thank you for your cooperation.

As part of Onondaga County's ongoing Literacy Initiative, Parks is excited to announce the "Take a Book • Leave a Book" book exchange program. Park visitors will have the opportunity to combine two wonderful activities, enjoying the great outdoors and reading a good book. 



This free program enables visitors to pick from a varied selection of books found in outdoor book houses at several different parks. Readers are invited to enjoy the book in the park, or take it with them, and either return that book or another* to any of the park locations listed below. There is no charge to participate in the program, although regular park admission rates, where applicable, apply. 

Participating Parks Location of Book House
Beaver Lake Nature Center Front Garden
Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery Office Entrance
Highland Forest Skyline Lodge entrance
Jamesville Beach Park Visitor Center Front Entrance
Jordan Level Trail Entrance Visitor Info Kiosk near Lock 51
Oneida Shores Park Bathhouse (beachside) & Arrowhead Lodge
Onondaga Lake Park Griffin Visitor Center (near rental shop)
Otisco Lake Park  
Pratt's Falls Park  Near the restrooms
Rosamond Gifford Zoo  Lobby & outside near Primate Park

Questions or comments? Please email us at parks@ongov.net.

Thank you to Liverpool Public Library, and their patrons, for the donation of books. 
Click here to learn about donating books to the library. Many other libraries around the county accept book donations as well. Click here to visit the Onondaga County Public Libraries website.

*Please help us keep our book houses family friendly by not leaving inappropriate material. Thank you.

During your visit to Onondaga County Parks, you may be photographed, videotaped, or filmed by Onondaga County Parks or authorized parties. Your attendance/admission serves as permission for use of these images by Onondaga County Parks. Commercial photography or filming is prohibited without permission of Onondaga County Parks.