City News Blog: Main branch of Lakeland Public Library to open after months of construction
LAKELAND, Florida (August 25, 2022) | The main branch of the Lakeland Public Library will open on Tuesday, September 6e after months of construction for the first phase of the project which includes a new HVAC system, ceilings, lighting, flooring, paint, furniture, new collection layout and addition of the room of exhibition for the center of history and culture.
The entire library will be closed until opening from Monday 29 Auguste until Monday, September 5e. During the closure, teams will move collections, furniture and equipment to ensure the library is ready and ready to serve for the opening on Tuesday, September 6e. The book depot will remain open for returns during the closing period. The Larry R. Jackson Branch Library and eLibrary will be open regular hours that week. Please visit https://www.lakelandgov.net/departments/library/locations-hours for a complete list of locations and hours of operation for Lakeland City library services.
Phase two of the main library construction is scheduled to begin in late September and will close the youth services area and assembly hall for major renovations. Phase two is expected to last approximately three months. Construction will include replacing the HVAC system in the Youth Services and Meeting Room spaces, adding an ADA single stall restroom off the lobby, new ceiling, lighting, siding flooring, paint and some furniture updates.
Lisa Lilyquist, City Librarian, said, “We are delighted to serve our many customers in this new space and will soon have our historic and cultural center open to the public as well. The project took a little longer than expected but the finished product will be worth the wait. Although we are waiting for some of our exhibit materials for the History and Culture Center, the History Hall will open to the public on September 6.e.”
The History Room is a great resource for the Lakeland community. Qualified staff can assist visitors in researching Lakeland history and genealogical research. The unique collection of records in the History Room includes yearbooks, directories, maps, genealogical records, early property plans, artifacts, photographs, and personal records of local leaders and pioneers. There’s even a DYI digitization space so visitors can reformat older analog materials like videotapes, cassettes, and photographs into newer digital formats.
Town of Lakeland
The city of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and became one of the largest inland communities in Florida. With a current population of over 100,000, Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years. With tourist attractions and Gulf beaches just an hour’s drive away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its convenient central Florida location along the I-4 corridor. The city owns and operates Lakeland Electric, Florida’s third largest utility and was one of the first to bring electricity to the Sunshine State more than 110 years ago.
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