By Kathleen Krizek, Librarian III, Special Collections
On Aug. 26, 2014, the Jacksonville Public Library will mark 100 years of safeguarding one of our nation’s strongest traditions—the public’s right to know.
Your right to know is something we take very seriously. Since 1914, we have been storing and—most importantly—sharing government information. On any given day, you can visit the Main Library’s Special Collections on the fourth floor and peruse historical and current day collections of federal government publications.
This free local access was established in 1813 with the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Our library is one of over a thousand in the nation that catalogs and ensures public access to government documents published every day by the three branches of the federal government. We make documents available to anyone at no charge and in a variety of formats—print, CD/DVD and online—and on a variety of topics: business, careers, census data, defense and military history, laws and regulations, science and technology and more.
As you might imagine, the majority of materials we receive today are in digital format, yet our staff can help you navigate the many formats available to you and help you with expert reference assistance.
We are proud to be designated as an FDLP library, to be celebrating a centennial milestone and to be continuing the tradition of preserving your right to know. Please join us Tuesday, Aug. 26, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Main Library’s Multipurpose Room on the Conference Level. Meet our honored guests, enjoy the music of the Navy Band Southeast’s Woodwind Quintet Fair Winds, and take a tour of Special Collections to learn how you can access federal documents. It’s your right.