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The Lake County Library System System Overview

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The Lake County Library System consists of an administrative office located in Tavares, nine member libraries, and six branch libraries. Member libraries include: Fruitland Park Library; Helen Lehmann Memorial Library in Montverde; Lady Lake Public Library; Leesburg Public Library; Marianne Beck Memorial Library in Howey-in-the-Hills; Minneola Schoolhouse Library; City of Tavares Public Library; Umatilla Public Library; and the W.T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora. Branch libraries include: Astor County Library; Cagan Crossings Community Library in the Four Corners area; Cooper Memorial Library in Clermont; East Lake County Library in Sorrento; Marion Baysinger Memorial County Library in Groveland; and the Paisley County Library.

The Lake County Board of County Commissioners governs the library system. The Cooperative operates through inter-local agreements between the governing bodies of its member and branch libraries. The system has reciprocal borrowing agreements with Marion, Orange, Osceola, Polk, and Volusia Counties that allow Lake County patrons to borrow library materials from those libraries. The library system has an Internet use policy, which is currently being revised to include wireless access.

The Lake County Public Library website is available at http://www.mylakelibrary.org/. The site allows the public to search the library catalog and databases, to log into their accounts, to reserve materials, and provides information regarding library hours, library news, information and much more. The library collection includes print materials, audio and video materials, software, audiovisual equipment and a variety of other resources.

According to FY2008 Florida Public Library Statistics, avai...

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...approximately 30,000 square foot, two-story facility, of which only the first floor, 19,000 square feet, is currently in use. The Cagan Crossings Community Library has a 10 Mbps connection that was upgraded from 5 Mbps in July 2010. Service that was reported as slow on the pre-assessment is greatly improved since the upgrade. The library has 20 staff workstations in addition to the 36 public workstations on its network. Although the speed may be improved, the Hayes’ team calculates that 15 to 25 Mbps is recommended to provide adequate access and speed for the library computers and any guest users. Of the 36 patron workstations: 24 are between one and three years old, five between four and five years old, and the remaining seven older than five years old. As computers age they should be updated or replaced. A refresh schedule for computers should be followed.