Lakeland’s new eLibrary at Kelly Recreation Complex

The former eLibrary will close its doors on Saturday, Sept. 2, and the new library is expected to open on Monday, Sept. 18.

A rendering of the new e-library at Kelly Recreation Complex

Sit back and enjoy your latest page-turner at Kelly Rec Complex.

Rendering by Straughn Trout Architects

The Lakeland Public Library’s new Kelly Branch is set to open on Monday, Sept. 18 at Kelly Recreation Complex (404 Imperial Blvd.). The branch replaces the existing South Lakeland eLibrary in the Lake Miriam Shopping Center as its lease ends this year. It will close on Saturday, Sept. 2.

City commissioners unanimously approved a recommendation from the city manager to construct a new eLibrary back in an April 2023 meeting. The $140,948 Kelly Recreation Interior Renovation project will add reading materials, self-service book lockers, technology services, and a seating area to the existing Activity Room.

Looking for your next read or a new hobby? The Lakeland Public Library’s three locations are currently open, and you can visit Kelly Recreation Complex for fitness activities and classes. Pro tip: Don’t forget to take advantage of all the perks of holding a library card at the new eLibrary.