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Jacksonville Public Library's History

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For over 100 years, the Jacksonville Public Library has been serving the community by providing information and enlightenment to all. It's changed drastically since its conception, so here are some interesting facts you may not know about the library's history:

Calling All Authors for Jax Book Fest 2020

Calling All Authors to sign up for the 2020 Jax Bookfest at the Jacksonville Public Library

Jax Book Fest—a perfect commingling of authors and readers—will return for its fourth year Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at the Main Library in downtown Jacksonville.

Take Digital Trip Down Memory Lane

Image of a postcard of the Jacksonville beach boardwalk for 1945 to 1950 at the Jacksonville Public Library

Remember when Jacksonville Beach boasted a lively boardwalk with a Ferris wheel? Do you recall the aftermath of Hurricane Dora in 1964? Look back at Jacksonville’s past through photographs taken from the 1940s – 1990s. Read actual telegraphs and see historic images from Jacksonville’s Great Fire of 1901. Browse vintage postcards that evoke memories of Old Florida from yesteryear. It’s all part of the Digital Library Collection.

What to Expect: Jax Book Fest 2019

Jax Bookfest Logo

Ready for the literary event of the year? On Saturday, February 23, 2019, the Jacksonville Public Library will host the third annual Jax Book Fest.

The truck stops here! Digital Bookmobile National Tour

Image of the exterior of the OverDrive Digital Bookmobile

Get ready for an all-day tech fest as the Digital Bookmobile, a traveling exhibit decked out with the latest in library e-books and e-services, opens its doors to all ages.

Calling All Authors!

Jax Book Fest logo, Sat. Feb. 23, 2019, call for author applications

The Jax Book Fest application for authors and literary-related vendors is now open.

Best of Jax 2018

Folio 500 logo, Vote for Us!

We’re on the Folio Weekly Best of Jax ballot this year! Cast your vote for us in the following categories.

Jax Makes 2018

child dressed up for Maker Con at the library

Calling all makers, artisans, and creatives galore! Join us for this year's Jax Makes on Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Main Library.

Cannibals and Sea Monsters in the Map Collection

Map of Florida in the Ansbacher Map Collection.

What did Florida look like on a map in 1522?

Unless you’ve journeyed up to the fourth floor of our Main Library, you may not know about our extensive map collection. The Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection features over 240 antiquarian maps from all over the world.

Maps: Bringing People Together Since Forever

The Jacksonville Public Library’s (JPL) Main branch is an extraordinary building – a crown jewel of downtown. Walk through the front doors on Laura Street and be wowed by the expanse of the building, its elegance and charm. Nestled on the fourth floor of the building is another gem, the Morris Ansbacher Map Room which houses an extensive collection of maps known as the Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection. The Ansbacher family has generously donated this collection of maps to the library to make them available to the community.

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