In August the Jacksonville Public Library, the third oldest Federal Depository Library Program library in Florida, marked a centennial milestone in storing and sharing history. U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown and former State Sen. Tony Hill attended the centennial celebration and presented a proclamation from Mayor Alvin Brown recognizing the library for a century of public access to government documents. These important publications include everything from Continental Congress papers to the Warren Commission report to Watergate transcripts.
Since being designated as a member of the FDLP in 1914, JPL has been cataloging and sharing books, pamphlets and magazines printed by various federal agencies. Documents, now largely in digital format, are available to anyone at no charge and in a variety of formats such as print, CD/DVD and online, and on a variety of topics including business, careers, census data, defense and military history, laws and regulations, science and technology and more. Customers can get help finding items in the Special Collections department of the Main Library.
Jacksonville Public Library Director Barbara Gubbin; Congresswoman Corrine Brown; immediate past JPL Board of Library Trustees Chair Dr. Brenda Simmons-Hutchins; former State Senator and Federal Policy Director for the Office of Mayor Alvin Brown Tony Hill; and JPL Depository Coordinator and Librarian Kathleen Krizek. Not pictured: University of Florida Documents Department Chair Jan Swanbeck and Stetson University Government Documents Librarian and Associate Professor Barbara Costello also attended the event.