Overview

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History

The original Daphne Public Library was dedicated in 1969. Our current building was dedicated August 18, 1996 and opened to the public in October, 1996. The Phase One Library Addition officially opened in April, 2010. Two more phases of growth are anticipated including an Auditorium (Phase Two) and a larger area for reference, young adults, older children, and meeting space (Phase Three).

Location

The Daphne Library is located at the intersection of Whispering Pines Road and U.S. Highway 98, adjacent to the Daphne Recreation Center and the Daphne Civic Center. The library is composed of designated areas for preschool and school-age children, young adults and adults. The library is comprised of comfortably-spaced shelving, study areas, reading areas, meeting rooms, a computer lab, a reference office, a community bulletin board, and a book shop. Picnic tables are available on the plaza and grounds of the library.

Meeting Space

The Community Room with adjacent kitchen area will seat up to 55. The smaller Board Room will accommodate 10 to 12. Both rooms are available at no charge to civic organizations and non-profit groups if reservations are made in advance. The Porch is a newer meeting space which offers one large room or three smaller rooms for study and group meetings. The smaller rooms, East and West Porch, hold up to 6 people while the North Porch holds 20. The entire space holds up to 40 people.

Collections

The library collection contains 78,000 items, including books, books-on-CD, Blue-ray and DVD recordings, newspapers, magazines, reference materials, extensive large print and mystery collections, as well as Braille.

Internet Databases

We offer free wireless Internet access that is available inside or on the grounds of the library. The library offers free remote access to state-sponsored online databases within the Alabama Virtual Library, including reference materials for elementary, middle, high school and college students, as well as adults. The library currently offers free access to Heritage Quest, Ancestry Library Edition (in-house only), A to Z Maps, Mango Languages, Proquest News Stand, and African American Heritage. The Library also offers access to HomeworkAlabama.org, Alabama’s Free Live Online Homework Help Service.

Activities

Regular activities include story time for lap babies, preschoolers, book club for children K – 5th, three monthly book clubs for adults, and a multitude of computer courses. We offer Beginning Computer Classes, Portable Device Training and classes on Facebook, E-Books, Resume Building, and Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel and Publisher).

Friends Book Shop

The Friends of the Library sponsor many special events for the public throughout the year, as well as equipment and furnishings, with sales from their Book Shop. Find great prices all year long on books, paperbacks, DVDs, maps, music and more while supporting your local library.

Volunteer Opportunities

The library has many volunteer opportunities for teens and adults including shelving, working special events, preparing children’s crafts, teaching classes, speaking, organizing and filing.