The Clay County Library System is comprised of a Headquarters Library at Fleming Island, and four branches spread throughout the county – Keystone Heights, Middleburg, Green Cove Springs, and Orange Park.
Located southwest of Jacksonville, Clay County has seen tremendous growth since the original Headquarters Library opened in Green Cove Springs in 1970. Our newest location, the Headquarters Library at Fleming Island, celebrated its Tenth Anniversary in 2015.
Each Branch has its own unique identity, and seeks to serve its community with a blend of traditional library services, innovative new programs, and outreach into the community. The County circulates approximately 670,000 volumes per year, has 73,000 Library card holders out of a population of 200,672, had more than 26,386 attend some 798 year round and summer programs, and over 2,663 people attend various programs for adults.
To meet the changing needs of our patrons, the Clay County Library System has launched a thought provoking initiative re-evaluating collections and spaces. Our goal is to update, improve, and launch new services, new looks that create fresh appeal to patrons at all of our locations and do it with limited funds.
It is a work in progress. We recently added E-Books through Axis 360. Our NEFLIN Innovation grant provided a mobile computer Lab that has allowed branches without a fixed Computer Lab to also offer hands on computer training as well as adult and youth hands on programming. We launched a system wide newsletter, Facebook page, and an online program calendar that advertises and promotes programming at each branch.
What lies ahead? Along with a continued commitment to embrace change comes a continued emphasis on the importance of professional principles: promoting a love of reading and learning to all our patrons, assuring equal service to all and reaching out to our community to become better community partners/centers.
Coming soon: A new Wi-Fi Café at our Orange Park location; a conference room for patron use at Green Cove Springs; additional computers in the Computer Labs at Green Cove Springs, Keystone Heights and Middleburg, and a much needed updated system of PC printing at every branch.