The Nassau County Public Library System (NCPLS) became an independent library system in 1998. The main branch is located in Fernandina Beach, and opened in the existing facility in 1977. In 2011 the facility was certification to process passport applications. In 2015 the building was remodeled and expanded to double its size and is now 16,284 sq. ft. Along with the upgraded space we are in the process of upgrading the technology infrastructure in all of the library branches. We can now offer high speed, business class internet to all of our residents and we are in the process of switching over our staff network to fiber.
We are in the process of converting our libraries to RFID. The main location will serve as our test site and tagging the collection is almost complete. We have RFID gates arriving in two weeks along with our first self-check machine. The Callahan and Hilliard Branches are scheduled to be tagged in 2017.
The Callahan Branch opened in 1989 in the small train depot located in Callahan. The branch has been relocated twice since then, and now resides in a new shopping plaza.
The Hilliard Branch joined the county library system in 1995, after operating as a small town library for several decades. The Hilliard Branch Library was relocated to a new facility in 2006.
The Yulee Branch opened in 2001 and is located within the Florida State College at Jacksonville. This is a shared facility, it maintains a public library collection as well as the college collection, and utilizes the county library’s ILS.
The Bryceville Branch opened in 2003. This is the smallest of the branches at 525 sq. ft. It is located within the Community Center and has the largest meeting space of the libraries.
The NCPLS offers free library cards to all residents of the state of Florida and has reciprocal borrowing agreements with St. Johns County Public Library and New River Public Library Cooperative. We have a full summer program including a reading program for adults with prizes.