CCPL has three locations, the Main Library in Lake City, the West Branch Library west of I-75 in Lake City, and the Fort White Branch Library in Fort White. In 1959, the Lake City Women’s Club asked the Columbia County Commissioners to fund a public library and they did so that year, with the library becoming part of the Suwannee River Regional Library. On October 1, 1979, the library became a single county public library and left the SRRL. The library is a department of Columbia County Government and the Library Director reports to the Assistant County Manager. There are currently 25 employees spread over the three locations; four have MLS degrees and one is currently working on her MLS.
Recently, CCPL was selected as one of only eleven public libraries in Florida to participate in a pilot project with the Career Online High School. There are twenty scholarships to be awarded before the end of March and Glennis Pounds, Adult Literacy and Volunteer Coordinator is the Project Manager. Students will earn their high school diploma and a career certificate.
The Friends of the Library provides funding for all children’s and adult programs. Since 2008, CCPL has had a very successful Florida Author Series bringing authors from all over the state to Lake City. The Friends recently purchased a new van and SUV for library deliveries, outreach services, and transportation for staff to training sessions. Children’s programs include story times for various ages, special craft programs, and the Summer Reading Program. The Friends of the Library and the North Florida Art League collaborate each year on a juried art show held at the West Branch Library (2015 was the 9th annual show). They also partner to offer free art classes for children ages 10-14 in the summer.
CCPL recently migrated from Rooms to Enterprise (SirsiDynix) and has a new website. It has a familiar look, but incorporates new features to make patron searching easier.
The Library Director writes a monthly column in the Lake City Reporter called At the Library where upcoming programs are promoted and usually tied to the collection.
Please stop at the Library if you are in Lake City. The Main Library is open 7 days a week.