2720 East Silver Springs Boulevard
OCALA, FL 34470
The Marion County Public Library System provides
public library services to the residents of Marion County,
Florida. The Library System is comprised of interdependent
libraries and collections designed to make its total
resources readily available and accessible to the community.
In 1961 the City of Ocala, Citrus County and Levy County
formed the Central Florida Regional Library. The City of
Ocala operated and funded virtually all library service in
Marion County until 1964 when Marion County, with existing
libraries in Belleview and Dunnellon, joined the Library
System. Citrus County left the system in 1987. On October 1,
1997 the Marion County Board of County Commissioners became
the governing body of the Marion County Public Library
System. By interlocal agreement, library personnel continued
to be administrated by the City of Ocala until October 1999,
when they became County employees. Also in October 1999, the
Levy County Board of Commissioners created the independent
Levy County Public Library System.
The Marion County Public Library System operations are
funded by Marion County ad valorem taxes. The Library System
also receives funds from various grants, miscellaneous fines
and fees, and an annual State Aid to Libraries grant from
the State of Florida.
The residents of Marion County are served by the Headquarters library in
Ocala and branches in Belleview, Dunnellon, Forest Corners, Ft. McCoy,
Marion Oaks, Reddick, and the Freedom Public Library near the State Road 200
corridor. The Marion Bookmobile provides library service to outlying areas
of the county. Daycare centers, private schools, retirement complexes, and
housing communities in Ocala are served by the Community Bookmobile. (Click
here for library locations and hours or bookmobile schedules.)
The System offers a collection of over 549,099 volumes in the eight
libraries and two bookmobiles. A broad-based print and non-print collection
makes the Marion County Public Library, Headquarters-Ocala the major public
library resource in the System. The smaller collections of the community
branch libraries are planned to satisfy the most general and frequent needs
of the residents. Public Access computers and WI-FI are available at each
public library branch.
The Library System has over 225,118 registered borrowers. During FY 10-11,
over 1,424,614 items were circulated and over 1,224,758 questions were
answered. Also during that same period, those visiting the library used over
796,227 items while in the library. Library facilities are open from three
to seven days per week. The Marion County Public Library, Headquarters-Ocala
is open seven days per week.
The Library System is bordered by Alachua, Levy, Citrus, Sumter, Lake,
Putnam, and Volusia counties. Of these, the Library System has reciprocal
borrowing agreements with Alachua, Lake, Levy and Citrus counties which
allow citizens from Marion County to obtain a free library card in the
respective counties and vice versa.
On February 13, 2010 the new 10,800 square foot, LEED gold-certified Forest
Public Library opened, more than doubling the library space for Forest area
residents. Property acquisition and construction costs were largely funded
by a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development
Block Grant and Local Option sales tax proceeds.
For information on future plans, reference the Marion County Public Library
System's Long Range Plan which can be accessed on this website (click