Public libraries in Lakeland, FL

Readers of all ages can get a library card — just have an adult present for those 15 and younger. | Photo by @wendydl

Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card. Luckily, Lakeland has not one, but three public library locations where you can take advantage of all the benefits libraries have to offer.

Any Polk County resident can get a free library card. Just stop into one of these locations with your photo ID + proof of residency:

Once you have your card, you’ll be ready to start using the library’s offerings. Not only can you borrow your favorite books, but you can also download ebooks, audiobooks, music, and movies free of charge.

Love to learn? You’ll enjoy the library’s free classes + programs where you can learn how to code, write, use computers, and more. Children can join storytimes, book clubs, or technology programs. You can also try out virtual courses on Microsoft programs or genealogy.

Renderings of the upcoming Lakeland History & Culture Center | Renderings by Jon Kirk, Straughn Trout Architects

Speaking of genealogy, history buffs will love the new Lakeland History & Culture Center, an exhibit + research center coming soon to the library’s main location. Until it opens, you can visit the Lakeland History Room at the main branch. Meet with librarian LuAnn Mims to learn more about digitizing your family archive or researching your family genealogy. Pro tip: Register now for the next genealogy class on Tues., Aug. 23 for free Ancestry.com access.

The perks go beyond the library’s four walls. Cardholders can check out a Real Florida Reader State Park Pass until Mon., Sep. 12 for free access to 175 of Florida’s State Parks. You can also use your card to access any Polk County public library location.

Are you a library lover? Tell us your favorite thing to do at Lakeland’s public libraries and we’ll bookmark your suggestion for the next time we visit.

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