Funded by the .10 mill library property tax, this 8,000 square -foot facility offers free Internet access, WiFi connectivity, and a variety of programs and computer training classes for children, teens, and adults. The collection includes a broad assortment of books, magazines, music CDs, and DVDs.
A community meeting room and small study rooms are available for public use. Renovated in June 2008, the library also has lounge seating areas for leisure reading.
Friends of the Library
This branch has a Friends of the Library group.
The 78th Street Community Library, dedicated on Sunday, May 18, 1997, came about as a result of community advocacy from the Clair-Mel, Palm River, and Progress Village neighborhoods, as well as support from the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, the Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library Board and Hillsborough County staff.
The interior of the 78th Street Community Library is enhanced by the distinctive public art piece titled The Knowledge Path. The adjoining books that represent the path were donated by residents of the community, making the library truly a part of the community - a place where everybody knows your name.