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  • Picking up holds at Kelly Branch vs. book lockers

    Picking Up Holds at Kelly Branch vs. Book Lockers at Kelly Rec

    Now that the Kelly Branch Library is open, there are two options to pick up requested items inside the Kelly Recreation Complex (404 Imperial Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33803):

    1. Kelly Branch Library - If you choose Kelly Branch Library as the pickup location for your holds, the items will be located inside the new library branch on the hold shelves. These holds are only available for pickup during Kelly Branch Library hours (Monday through Thursday 9 AM to 6 PM, Friday 9 AM to 5 PM) and cannot be picked up after the library closes or on weekends.

    2. Lakeland Library Lockers - If you choose Lakeland Library Lockers as the pickup location for your holds, the items will be stored inside the book lockers, which are located next to the entrance to the Kelly Branch Library. The book lockers are self-service and not located inside the library, so they are accessible any time the Kelly Recreation Complex is open, including evenings and weekends. 

    For questions or assistance with holds, please contact the Kelly Branch Library at 863.834.4286.

  • Kelly Branch Library lobby area with chairs, library name, and glass front door

    Kelly Branch Library Is Open!

    The Kelly Branch Library is open as of Monday, September 18th! Conveniently located inside the Kelly Recreation Complex at 404 Imperial Blvd., the Kelly Branch Library is Lakeland’s newest small public library branch. At this location, library users can:

    • Browse and borrow from collections of popular library materials for children and adults
    • Get a library card
    • Pick up requested items in self-serve book lockers
    • Return materials borrowed from any public library
    • Access free WiFi
    • Print
    • Fax
    • Scan
    • Receive technology assistance
    • Check out Chromebooks for use within the facility

    The Kelly Branch Library hours are:

    Monday - Thursday    9AM-6PM
    Friday                          9AM-5PM

    Contact the Kelly Branch Library at 863.834.4286

  • Book Pumpkin Decorating Contest 2023. Turn your favorite book into a pumpkin
    Book Pumpkin Contest at Lakeland Public Library

    Turn your favorite book into a pumpkin and participate in our book pumpkin contest at the Lakeland Public Library!
    Here's how:

    1. Decorate a craft pumpkin inspired by your favorite book or book character 
    2. Enter your pumpkin at the Youth Services Desk at the Lakeland Public Library
    3. Vote for best pumpkin online on our website


    **Must be 17 and under to enter. Craft pumpkins only. Three winners will be chosen October 31st.**

    Submit entries October 1 - October 21.

    Vote for best pumpkin October 22 - October 28.



  • Photo of five seated children smiling and looking off screen

    Storytimes at Lakeland Public Library and Larry R. Jackson Branch Library

    Join us at 10 AM on select Wednesdays at the Lakeland Public Library or select Thursdays at the Larry R. Jackson Branch Library for Storytime!

    Lakeland Public Library Storytimes (10 AM Wednesdays)

    Larry R. Jackson Branch Storytimes (10 AM Thursdays)  

    For more information, please contact the Lakeland Public Library 863.834.4268 or Larry R. Jackson Branch Library 863.834.4288  

  • Graphic of ereader device and smartphone with text "Direct Access Newspaper Collections" and link to Newspapers
    Access the Lakeland Ledger, Tampa Bay Times, and USA Today Directly!

    Explore news and events with direct access to the Lakeland Ledger, Tampa Bay Times, and USA Today collections for free with your library card!  Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online available 24/7 on any device. All you need is your library card!

    To get started:

    Lakeland Ledger Collection 

    Tampa Bay Times Collection 

    USA Today Collection 


  • Aerial view of Lake Mirror in Lakeland, FL with link to Lakeland Public Library Flickr album
    Bird's-Eye View

    A bird's-eye view is an elevated view of an object from above, with a perspective as though the observer were a bird, often used in the making of blueprints, floor plans, and maps. 

    Soar over the Lakeland landscape with a bird's-eye view through time in this photographic stroll, showcased from our Digital Collection through Flickr.