About the Library

 
Small Library! Big Services!

The Clay County Public Library System operates as a department of the Clay County Board of Commissioners. It began in 1961 with initial building blocks of the collection of materials coming from local Women's Clubs. Today, the system operates five libraries. It has over 300,000 volumes in its Collection. In 1997, the library system computerized its check-out and card catalog. In February 1999, public Internet access was made available. In 2005, the Headquarters Library opened. The Library System continues to develop and refine its services to best serve the Clay County community.

The Green Cove Springs Library has been a cornerstone of our City since it was first organized by the Village Improvement Association (Federated Women’s Club of Green Cove Springs) in the late 1800’s.  It was established at its present location in 1970 and the 8,513 sq. ft. building served as the Headquarters Library of the System until the late 1990’s.  Forty years later, the Green Cove Springs Library, located in the heart of the City for the convenience of its citizens, continues to be a valuable resource  to all who visit.

Patrons enjoy access to a collection of almost 54,000 volumes of reading and educational materials as well as CD’s, DVD’s, periodicals, special collections of local history and genealogical research sources.  round programming for children and teens, family-oriented cultural events and educational lectures. 

The Library provides free access to computers, Wi-Fi, Internet services, online research databases, and most notably, a one-of-a kind Language Learning Lab featuring online access to Rosetta Stone, a research-based language development program, for non-English speaking patrons. 

 
The Library offers year-round programming for children and teens, family-oriented cultural events and educational lectures.  The Library provides free access to computers, Wi-Fi, Internet services, online research databases, and most notably, a one-of-a kind Language Learning Lab featuring online access to Rosetta Stone, a research-based language development program, for non-English speaking patrons.  
 
The Green Cove Springs Library provides services to a land area of 198.8 square miles and an estimated population of 23,466. In 2010, circulation totaled 73,986 and user visits totaled 68,876.  Attendance at evening, weekend and outreach programs totaled 1,144.
 
Demographic studies from the School District, the City of Green Cove Springs, and the Chamber of Commerce enable the library staff to tailor programs and services to meet the varied needs of the surrounding rural and urban areas. Information gleaned from these reports is vital to identifying new and undeserved populations requiring specialized services and outreach.
 
In November of 2009, the Green Cove Springs Library was honored by the City Council with a Proclamation for its 40 years of dedicated and exemplary service to the Community.