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    Cecil Beach speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the R.A. Gray building.

    Please join us in honoring the memory of former State Librarian Cecil Beach, who passed away in September of 2020. 

    Cecil Beach’s career spanned from the 1940s, to well into the 21st century, during which time he helped change the way libraries serve their communities and interact with other educational and cultural institutions. 

    In 1970, Cecil served as the fourth president of the Florida Library Association, and in 1971, he began his tenure as State Librarian in Tallahassee, designing and overseeing construction of the new State Library building. To this day, the R.A. Gray Building he helped design houses the State Library and State Archives. 

    During his time as State Librarian, state aid for Florida libraries grew significantly, as did the number of counties eligible to receive these funds, and the State Library created a new interlibrary loan service.

    Cecil Beach will be missed.

    Please read more about Cecil's career and accomplishments on his State Librarian page.


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    Contact Information


    R.A. Gray Building
    500 South Bronough Street
    Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250

    Phone: 850.245.6600

    Fax: 850.245.6735

    Email: [email protected]

    imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.