The 10 Best Libraries in Florida!

Libraries: They’re places to gather for volunteer events in the community, educational resources, quiet spaces to read a good book, and much more. Whether you’re looking for the latest best-selling novel or if you’re planning a tutoring session, the tremendous libraries of Florida have all the bases covered. Here are our favorites. 

1. Leroy Collins Library, Tallahassee, FL

This place is a massive learning center for patrons of all ages. Folks love coming here because the staff can help them make the most of their time on-site. You can also find a variety of art and history exhibits to explore.

2. Gulf Gate Library, Sarasota, FL

This award-winning library has also been touted as Florida’s most beautiful library. This almost-new facility is an inviting place for kids, teens, and adults alike, with gaming consoles, big screen TVs, and plenty of lounges and quiet spaces. They also offer a variety of free programs for all ages, along with meeting rooms, computers, and other amenities.

3. Niceville Public Library, Niceville, FL

This library is a standout thanks to its variety of free resources, including dvds, books, and free children’s programs, including reading programs and family movie nights. If you’re looking for a full day of activities for the family, follow up your visit to the library with a stop at the next door playground and splash pad. The kids will be begging you to take them again and again.

4. Bay County Public Library, Panama City Beach, FL

Offering the best in both modern and traditional resources, this library is a favorite among many. They offer an inter-library loan to help you get the books you need, even if they don’t have them on-site. This particular branch offers a variety of services for patrons, including genealogy research, 3D printing, a law library, scanners, computers, printers, and storytime.

5. Pensacola Library, Pensacola, FL

Part of the West Florida Public Library system, this branch is a favorite for its STEAM programs to keep kids learning all summer long. Hands-on educational activities are offered free to every young patron, including MineCraft, Lego, and coding lessons, music activities, and more. Their Jazz Room is a massive collection of books, movies, and CDs that explore the history of Jazz, and is not to be missed. 

6. Hudson Regional Library, Hudson, FL

Patrons love coming here because of its safe, clean environment where they can work and learn. It’s home to a variety of clubs for a range of interests, including Anime, sewing, a drum circle, and reading groups. If you’re a member, you can access some of their digital content services like Lynda, Freegal, hoopla, and Flipster without ever leaving home.

7. Indian River County Central Library, Vero Beach, FL

You’ll want to take advantage of all the amazing opportunities this library offers, from yoga to ancestry information to reading and more. They host tons of special events throughout the year (a recent one was a zombie parade with DIY makeup!) that are fun for all ages. The library is also home to a 3D printer and classes that show you how it works.

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8. Gulf Beaches Public Library, Madeira Beach, FL

From book clubs to technology classes, this library has something for everyone. Groups of all sorts call this place home, from investment groups to crafters to writers and mah jong players. Parents love that they can check out museum passes with their free library membership for budget-friendly activities for the kids. 

9. Brockway Memorial Library, Miami Shores, FL

The diversity here is what keeps folks coming back. Set in a beautiful classic atmosphere, kids and adults alike can find plenty of reading material to suit their interests. They also have extended hours during the week so you can fit in a trip to the library around your schedule.

10. St Lucie County Library - Kilmer Branch, Fort Pierce, FL

If you’re looking for a classic, quiet library experience, you’ll find it here. Fans love this place thanks to its beautiful location, low foot traffic, and stunning views of the Indian River. If you’re looking for a place to get some work done or enjoy some time to yourself, you’ll find all the peace and quiet you can handle.

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