Each year, Folio Weekly: Northeast Florida's News & Opinion Magazine, runs its Best of JAX Readers Poll.
We've just learned that Jacksonville Public Library won two Best of JAX 2013 awards:
- Best Use of Public Money: Public Libraries
- Best Library Branch: Downtown Main Library
More than 4.5 million customers checked out books, DVDs and other materials more than 8.4 million times last year from the Jacksonville Public Library System, making it one of the most popular city services. Readers in Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties also treasure their libraries, considering them a cultural and educational resource.
“Families, job seekers, entrepreneurs and all those who love to learn value their public library,” said Library Director Barbara Gubbin. “We are so pleased that Folio Weekly readers believe libraries are a good investment.”
Mayor Alvin Brown proposed closing six branches and there were fears the Main Library would close on Saturday, but the final city budget spared them all. At more than 300,000 square feet, the Main Library is the largest public library building in the state.
With more than 568,315 items and more than 863,160 visitors coming through its doors last year, the Main Library is a popular community hub, an escape in the midst of a bustling Downtown. — RWYay!