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Lakeland History & Culture Center
Main Branch Library Phase 1 Construction Info & FAQs

  • Welcome to hoopla Flex Borrows!

    Our digital collection is growing! Starting April 7, 2021 we are now offering hoopla flex borrows as a supplement to our current hoopla digital offerings! This includes New York Times Bestselling titles like Where the Crawdads Sing, The Vanishing Half, and The Guest List. Look below to learn more.

    What is a hoopla Flex Borrow?

    In addition to the 12 hoopla Instant borrows you receive each month with your Library card, you now have 10 hoopla Flex borrows you can use on specially marked hoopla Flex eBooks and Audiobooks.

    With hoopla Flex titles you will find hundreds of new and popular books that you can borrow now or place on hold to read later. If you ever run out of hoopla Flex borrows, you can always return a checked out Flex item and select a new one. Don’t forget to check your holds on hoopla. Your holds will expire in 48 hours. Basically it works like Overdrive, just within the hoopla digital app.

    What is the difference between a hoopla Flex Borrow and a hoopla Instant Borrow?

    Unlike the 12 hoopla Instant Borrows you receive each month, your 10 hoopla Flex Borrows don’t have any monthly expirations. Each hoopla Flex title you Borrow is available for 21 days and if you run out of Flex Borrows, you can just return a checked out Flex item and borrow another title. Don’t forget to check your holds on hoopla. Your holds will expire in 48 hours.

    New to hoopla? Get started today!


  • Link to Lakeland Public Library Flickr
    Creativity Takes Courage

    The City of Lakeland has been the inspiration for many artists to express ideas that hold meaning for them. May is the month for celebrating local art and influenced by the annual art show--Mayfaire by the Lake--in affiliation with the Polk Museum of Art.

    Enjoy this photographic stroll through some of our area's art and architecture, showcased from our Digital Collection through Flickr.


  • Phase 1 Hours and FAQs

    During Phase 1 of construction at the Main Library, all three Lakeland Library locations have new hours of operation:

    Lakeland Public Library 
    Monday - Thursday 9 AM to 7 PM
    Friday - Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM
    Sunday 1:30 PM to 5 PM

    Larry R. Jackson Branch Library 
    Monday - Thursday 9 AM to 7 PM
    Friday - Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM
    Sunday 1:30 PM to 5 PM

    eLibrary South Lakeland 
    Monday - Thursday 9 AM to 7 PM
    Friday - Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM
    Sunday CLOSED

    As a reminder, there will be no public access computers for adults or general seating available at the Lakeland Public Library, and entry to the facility will be through the Meeting Room doors off the lobby. Full library services will be available at the Larry R. Jackson Branch Library and eLibrary South Lakeland.

    For more information, please click here or contact your local library.



  • Link to Lakeland Public Library Creativebug
    You're more creative than you think.

    Love to craft? Want to explore your creative side? 

    Meet Creativebug, your online resource for all things crafty. Learn new craft techniques for all skill levels and watch classes anytime, anywhere.

    Create a free account with your library card to enjoy unlimited access to over 1000 online art and craft classes!

    There’s no pressure, just possibilities! Get started today and explore your creative side.


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    Library Digital Newsletter

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  • Build Your Song Library

    Access millions of songs and artists. Download and keep 5 songs each week absolutely FREE! Plus, stream music up to three hours per day! Even better? 15,000+ Music videos are available too!  All you need is your library card.


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    Online Tech Training on Your Schedule

    Meet treehouse, a self-paced online tech training program that includes courses in web design, development tools, coding languages, app development and more!  

    Courses are video-based classes with hands-on practice, interactive quizzes, and code challenges taught by tech experts. Learn at home, at the library, or anywhere there is an internet connection.

    The library offers this training for 3 months at a time and is FREE!  

    Register to use treehouse by filling out the form below.