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The Jacksonville Public Library is the public library system of Jacksonville, Florida. It primarily serves Jacksonville and Duval County, and is also used by the neighboring Baker, Nassau, Clay, and St. Johns Counties. It is one of the largest library systems in Florida, with a collection of over three million items. A division of the city government, the library has the third largest group of city employees after the city’s Fire Department and Sheriff’s Office. There are twenty branches and a Main Library in the system.

The main library is located downtown near City Hall and Hemming Plaza, the Main Library opened in November 2005, replacing the Haydon Burns Library. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, the new library is almost three times the size of the Haydon Burns building. The North Laura facility is 300,000 square feet (28,000 m2) with the capacity to hold one million books. A 600-space parking garage across from the library building on Duval Street makes the Main Library easily accessible. State-of-the-art technology offers 250 public computers, satellite, and video conferencing capabilities with infrastructure to support future technologies. On April 18, 2012, the AIA Florida Chapter placed the Jacksonville Public Library – Main Library on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.

Regional Libraries

  • Highlands – Dunn Avenue, serving the Northside.
  • Pablo Creek – Beach Blvd between Hodges and Kernan serving the Southside.
  • Southeast – Deerwood Park Blvd serving the Southside.
  • Charles D. Webb Wesconnett – 103rd Street serving the Westside.
  • Community and Neighborhood Branches

  • Argyle – Near the Argyle Forest subdivision serving the Westside.
  • Beaches – A1A (3rd Street) in Neptune Beach.
  • Bradham*Brooks Northwest – Edgewood Avenue serving the Northside.
  • Brentwood – Pearl St serving the urban core.
  • Dallas A. James Graham – Myrtle Avenue serving the urban core.
  • Mandarin – Kori Road serving the Mandarin area.
  • Maxville – Maxville Blvd (near Normandy Boulevard and Highway 301) serving the Maxville area.
  • Murray Hill – Edgewood Avenue South serving the urban core.
  • Raiford A. Brown Eastside – Harrison St serving the urban core.
  • Regency Square – Regency Square Blvd serving the Arlington/Regency area.
  • San Marco – The San Marco Branch on LaSalle Street serves the San Marco neighborhood
  • South Mandarin – San Jose Blvd near the St. John’s County border.
  • University Park – University Blvd North serving the Arlington area including Jacksonville University.
  • West Regional – Chaffee Road serving the Westside.
  • Westbrook – Commonwealth Avenue serving the urban core.
  • Willowbranch – Park St serving the Riverside and Avondale areas.
  • Bookmobile

    Jacksonville was the first library in Florida to offer a mobile library service, established in 1928. For over 75 years, the Jacksonville Public Library continued this service of providing accessible materials to rural residents and areas where a branch had not been established. However, due to funding cuts, the bookmobile was discontinued as of October 2005.
    After the discontinuation of the bookmobile service, the library looked for ways to continue servicing the area where the mobile branch had been primarily operating. In 2012, the library opened the Oceanway Express location to provide limited service to customers who have no geographically-close library branch. The pickup/drop-off service is located near the Oceanway Community Center in northwest Jacksonville.