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Library Development



Continuing education, SSLLI, meetings



LSTA, State Aid, Construction Grants, E-Rate

Data and Statistics

Data and Statistics

Data tables, data displays, Annual Statistical Report Form

Digital Collections

Digital Collections

FEL, SDI, Florida Memory, State Library



Stars in the Sunshine State, Florida Libraries As...

Library Development Programs

Library Development Programs

About BLD, Programs list

News & Highlights

DLIS Discussions

We host monthly, open discussions for Florida library staff that focus on a particular topic. 

May's topic is adult literacy learners. 

Register now
Monday, May 16, 2022
3 to 4 p.m. Eastern

Explore other topics we've covered

Contact us at 850.245.6622 or [email protected] if you have questions or to suggest a discussion topic.

Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute

New application deadline is May 27, 2022.

We are now accepting applications for SSLLI Year 17

Our two locations this year are in Hillsborough and Leon counties. 

Read an overview of the Institute, see if you are eligible or find out how you can be a mentor

Economic Impact & Major Events Studies

Our economic impact study (PDF) found that Florida public library purchases have a sizable impact on employment and economic activity in the state. Read a summary.

The major events study (PDF) looked at how hurricanes, wildfires and other major events affected library visits, including programs, program attendance, reference transactions and website visits.  Read a summary.


Public Library Data Tables available

  • In 2019-2020, Florida's public libraries held nearly 25,000 virtual programs for more than one million Floridians. 
  • More than 1.5 million users received technology instruction from a Florida public library.
  • Nearly 12.5 million e-books were available through Florida libraries, a 20% increase from the previous year. 

Review these statistics and more: 2019-2020 Public Library Statistics & Ranked Data Tables.


    Important Dates

    Public Library Construction grants

    Applications for Public Library Construction grants are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern, May 20, 2022.

    SSLLI application deadline

    Applications for Year 17 of the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute are due May 13, 2022.


    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.