There is a community room available on a limited use basis. Click here or contact the library (239-765-8162) for more information about reserving the room.
Artist of the Month
Each month, the work of a featured artist is displayed in the third floor Commons area. Please contact the Library Director about becoming the artist of the month.
A copy machine is available on the second floor. It can copy up to 11" x 17”. The cost is $.10 per copy.
Housed in two cases and located by the elevator on the second floor, this collection of dolls from around the world has been donated by Mrs. F. Preston Root. Mrs. Root's husband was a foreign representative for Eastman Kodak, and these dolls represent their world travel that spanned the years between the two world wars. Dainty and elegant, some of these dolls are made with materials no longer used and are hand-painted with artistic techniques. Additions to the collection have been possible as donors have given one or more dolls to the Library in recent years.
Anyone can send or receive a fax from the Library. The cost to send or receive a fax varies, depending on the location. View the fax rates here
Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL)
If the library does not have a book in the collection that you are seeking, the library is able to request it from other libraries across the state and country. Just fill out the form at the Circulation Desk with as much information about the book as you can and we will see if there are any libraries willing to loan the book to us. It usually takes about two weeks to receive an interlibrary loan. Magazine articles can also be obtained this way. There may be a charge for photocopying.
Library Catalog and Database Classes
There are classes offered for learning to use the library's electronic catalog and magazine and other databases. These classes are scheduled once there is enough interest expressed to hold the class. Please call 765-8162 to register your interest.
Tutoring is available for those wishing to learn the English language. Please call 765-8162 to schedule an appointment.
The Beach Library aims to enrich the community and provide support for lifelong learning. It seeks to be a place for this community and learning to create and enjoy art directly. By promoting the arts the Library helps create a more creative and expressive community and allows those without access to art education or art museums to participate and learn in this creative community. The interior of the library has been livened up with special artwork. The Decorative Artists of Southwest Florida have provided murals especially the window looking out to the Gulf of Mexico found on the stairway from the first to second floors. Local artist, J.D. Burdge, has graced the entire elevator shaft with an underwater sea scene that one can soak in while riding the glass walled elevator from the first to third floors. The architecture of the expansion includes waves in the ceilings and in the design of the terrazzo floor.
Large Print section located on the second floor offers what educational research as well as action studies confirm: reading confidence, improved letter and word recognition, reading comprehension and reading enjoyment. Besides large print books, there are large print magazines. Available also is a ClearView magnifying machine. The user places anything flat (book, checkbook, bill, stock report) on the base and it will be magnified onto an accompanying monitor.
Housed in multiple cases on the second floor are a collection of shells from around the world, many from the local shores. Thanks to Ruth and Jeff Brame, two early settlers on the Beach for formally owned the Gulf View Shop who began the initial collection. In recent years shells have been added to the treasures from the collections of Mary Ellen Bradford, Sylvia Van Bergen and Susan Yehle.