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LAKELAND, FL (February 16, 2021) | The Lakeland Public Library (Main Branch), located at 100 Lake Morton Drive, will be closed on February 22nd & 23rd and re-open with limited services Wednesday, February 24th.  This closure will be the start of Phase 1 of a two-phase construction project at the Main Library location. Construction for Phase 1 is expected to take up to one year to complete.

Bob Donahay, Director of Parks & Recreation said, “The completed project will include a NEW Lakeland History & Culture Center with static and interactive displays designed to share Lakeland’s unique history.  The Center will tell Lakeland’s story and highlight those that helped shape our community to what it is today.”  He added, “Along with the addition of the History & Cultural Center, the construction will include an updated HVAC system, renovations in the youth services area and updates to meeting room spaces. It is important to note that Black & Brew located at Main Library will be open throughout the construction process.” 

During Phase 1 of construction, the other Lakeland Public Library locations will have adjusted hours. Also, once re-opened on February 24th, the main library will have reduced services.

Lakeland Public Library, Main – effective 2/24

  • Monday – Thursday                 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday                      9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday                                        1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Larry R Jackson Branch Library – Effective 2/22

  • Monday – Thursday                 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday                     9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday                                         1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

eLibrary South Lakeland – Effective 2/22

  • Monday – Thursday                 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday – Saturday                     9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Closed on Sunday

A complete list of services and frequently asked questions regarding construction can be found here: http://www.lakelandgov.net/departments/library/using-the-library/phase-1-construction-faqs.

During Phase 1, the following services will be available at the Main Library

  • Browse and checkout childrens’ and teen materials
  • Pick up self-serve holds
  • Return borrowed materials
  • Fax/photocopy
  • Browse and checkout Bestseller materials for Adults
  • Get a library card
  • Visit Black & Brew Coffee Shop

Additional library services are available at the Larry R. Jackson Branch Library – 1700 N. Florida Avenue, and eLibrary South Lakeland – 4740 S. Florida Avenue

  • Public access computers for adults 
  • Wi-Fi access
  • Printing from public computers and wirelessly
  • Browse and Checkout library materials for all ages
  • Staff assistance with technology 
  • Fax/Photocopy

The Lakeland Public Library will close the adult services areas of the building to prepare for construction and relocate library materials/equipment off-site. These materials will still be available on a request basis but not directly accessible to the public. The Main Library’s Meeting/Community Room off the Lobby will serve as the entrance and exit to Youth Services as well as the space to check out materials and pick-up holds.  It will house a small collection of popular adult books and DVDs. Donahay said, “We apologize for any inconvenience that our construction project may have but once completed, we will have a beautiful new resource with our History & Cultural Center along with a much needed update with many of our other amenities at the library.  I want to thank our customers in advance for their patience and please remember to visit Black & Brew!”

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