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City’s library branch system takes root


A branch system at what was once called The Jacksonville Free Public Library took root in November 1927 when the Wilder Park Library – deemed a necessity for City residents rather than a mere luxury – opened on the corner of Lee and Third Streets, followed by Bookmobile service in 1928.

Seeds for the first tax-supported repository of books in the Sunshine State were sown on June 1, 1905 when – thanks to a $50,000 gift from Andrew Carnegie — the library opened to the public.  

Today, the Jacksonville Public Library system boasts 21 locations throughout Duval County (despite the original being a law firm). 

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Jacksonville 100

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