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Libraries are a smart investment. The 2013 Taxpayer Return on Investment study shows that for every dollar spent on Florida public libraries, Floridians received $10.18 in economic value. Calculate your savings now.
Librarians in the nation’s public and academic libraries answer nearly 6.6 million questions weekly. Standing single file, the line would span from Miami, Florida to Juneau, Alaska.
There are more public libraries than Starbucks in the U.S.—a total of 17,566 including branches.
In 2013, there were 1.5 billion in-person visits to public libraries across the U.S., the equivalent of more than 4 million visits each day. That’s 2,854 per minute.

Find your next great read!

What are you in the mood to read today? Heartwarming books with Relatable characters? Books that are Fast-paced and Funny? With our resource NoveList’s appeal mixer you can find the right book for your reading mood.

HCPLC Recommends

This month, HCPLC's expert staff will share what they've been reading, chat about new and noteworthy reads and staff picks, and offer up live personalized book recommendations. Check back often to see the latest video!

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Chenoa recommends – My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

The Giver
“With an ‘80’s vibe, you will be questioning how far you would go to save your best friend.”
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Staff Recommended Reads

Nobody loves books more than our library staff! Browse our eBook collection to find out what we couldn’t put down.

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Great American Reads

Read the novels that have inspired, moved, and shaped American culture.

Rediscover a classic

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