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The Orange County Library System provides Information, Imagination and Inspiration to more than four million visitors annually. Traditional books are available as well as CD format, preloaded playaway mp3 players and in downloadable formats compatible with iPods and other mobile devices.

hoopla

Certain items can be delivered right to your home - free of charge - using MAYL (Materials Access from Your Library). Patrons may also check out new and classic DVDs, music CDs, and even stream music and movies for free via hoopla. We also offer Zinio for Libraries which provides free access to more than 250 popular e-magazine titles all from the comfort of your home or local Internet cafe.

Multiple online databases, RSS feeds, streaming video and Wi-Fi access are also available. Numerous technology classes are offered along with author signings, special events and programs throughout the year. The Library is involved in several programs and partnerships to foster early reading success among elementary students and the Orlando Public Library features "Club Central," a hip area specifically for tweens and teens (ages 11-18).

Main Library:

Location:

Orlando Public Library, 101 East Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32801

Hours:

  • 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday
  • 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday
  • 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday
  • 1 - 6 p.m. Sunday

Facilities:

The 26,000-square-foot Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity is located on the second floor of the Main Library. It includes audio, film and photography studios, along with flight simulators and a fabrication lab with 3-D printers. You will also find driving simulators for teens and construction simulators that will allow workers to gain experience.

Other Locations:

Fourteen branches across Orange County

  • Alafaya *
  • Eatonville *
  • Edgewater *
  • Herndon *
  • Hiawassee *
  • North Orange *
  • South Creek *
  • Southeast *
  • Southwest *
  • South Trail *
  • Washington Park *
  • West Oaks *
  • Windermere *
  • Winter Garden

Visit www.ocls.info/locations or call 407.835.7323 for hours at individual branches.

Leadership:

  • Mary Anne Hodel, Library Director/CEO
  • Governed by a five-member Library Board of Trustees
  • Ted Maines, President, Board of Trustees

History:

Orlando's first library, the Albertson Public Library, was founded in 1920. The Orlando Public Library building was dedicated in 1966 and later expanded in the 1980s. Today, the landmark 290,000-square-foot building encompasses an entire city block. To respond to area growth, the number of branch locations has doubled since 1980.

Employees:

Approximately 350 throughout the system

Stats:

Serving more than one million Orange County Residents. (Exclusive of residents of cities of Winter Park and Maitland)

More than 1.7 million items in the collection.

Financial Profile:

The library's annual budget totals approximately $35.3 million.

The majority of its funding comes from property taxes supplemented by state aid, fines and fee collections, grants and donations. Key expenditures include the cost of operating the libraries and maintaining the collection of materials. The library receives its funding through a special Library taxing district formed in 1980. The Friends of the Library, a separate fundraising arm, generates additional revenues through book sales at the branches and proceeds from Gifts & Greetings and The Third Floor Bookstore - both located at the Orlando Public Library.

Media Contact:

Tracy Zampaglione, APR
407.835.7480
Zampaglione.tracy@ocls.info

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone at 407.835.7480.

 
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