Gainesville and Alachua County residents love libraries, which are places for much more than books. True community centers, libraries provide computer access, Internet service, job search assistance, research assistance, document search, children’s programs, teen programs, arts exhibitions and performances and much more.
Alachua County Public Library DistrictAlachua County is served by professionally-staffed, well-stocked libraries throughout the area. Citizens have been proactive in ensuring that public libraries are well funded. The Alachua County Library District (ACLD) is an independent special taxing district and the sole provider of public library services to the approximately 250,000 citizens in Alachua County. ACLD’s goal is to provide all community members with free, open and equal access to education, information, and entertainment. The library has 12 branches and also operates bookmobiles that circulate throughout the county. See: http://www.aclib.us/
Public Library Locations
University of Florida Libraries
The ten Libraries of the University of Florida form the largest information resource system in the state of Florida. Collections cover virtually all disciplines and include a wide array of formats, from books and journals to manuscripts, maps, and recorded music. See: http://www.ufl.edu/academics/libraries/
Guest privileges are available for people who are not students or employees of the University of Florida. See: http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/as/circ.html
Santa Fe College Libraries
Building Y, NW Campus
3000 NW 83rd Street, Gainesville, FL 32606
The Lawrence W. Tyree Library at Santa Fe College serves the students, employees, and faculty of the college. See: http://www.sfcollege.edu/library/index.php
Civic Media Center
433 South Main Street, Gainesville, FL 32601
The Civic Media Center is an alternative library, reading room, and infoshop. Its mission is to provide community access to information and points of view not carried, or incompletely carried, in the for-profit and corporate media. The CMC serves as a resource for activists working to create more just and sustainable communities. The Center is also a community space that hosts political, educational, and cultural events.
The CMC’s issue-oriented collection is large and diverse: several thousand books, periodicals, magazines, and hundreds of CDs and DVDs. The Center also has public computers with Internet access and a free wireless connection. Your CMC membership allows you to check out materials and provides the CMC’s base of funding. Memberships are available for $10-$20 per year. Books from our collection may be checked out for a month at a time and DVDs for two weeks. See: http://www.civicmediacenter.org/