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Learning Centers

Florida’s libraries are the people’s universities. They are powerful learning centers with a wealth of free learning assets including databases, technology tools, business centers, classes, staff instructors and more. 

They are trusted, inclusive and welcoming places where people of all ages can get an education.  

Libraries provide:

  • Learning labs for teens and adults.
  • Year-round reading programs that engage readers of all ages and support community literacy.
  • Free adult basic education and family literacy services.
  • New learning models such as cafes that support Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) for teens and adults.
  • Makerspace programs that encourage independent thinking and creativity.
  • Gaming activities that teach critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Libraries are building strategic partnerships to form learning networks and are designing spaces around learners’ priorities. They are raising their profiles as vital community educators. 


New Port Richey Library

Virtual Institute: Florida Libraries as People's University

This recording covers the entire day's agenda, including: 

Contact us

To learn more about Florida Libraries as People's University/Learning Centers or to share your library's resources or experiences on this topic, contact us at 850.245.6624.


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.