Sun City Center Community Library
A brief history of the library
In 1963, Erma Krauch, a charter member of the Woman's Club, donated 500 books which served as the beginning of the Sun City Center Library. The original collection and later additions were housed in the arts-and-crafts building in a library room where shelves had been constructed. In 1980, the WG Development Corporation donated a model home that was moved to its present location at1011 N. Pebble Beach Blvd. which became the present library.
A historical record of the community compiled by the late Dorothy Meloy, a former Community Association president and Historical Society member, states that Beulah Evans was employed as the first librarian in March 1963, a position she kept until 1982 when the post was assumed by Velma Laughlin.
Hours of operation:
Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Catalog link: http://webopac.infovisionsoftware.com/suncity
Access: The library’s 22,000 items are now available online through the catalog link listed above. Reserve the latest bestseller, renew items or check your patron account. When your items are available, we will call you for pickup.
Membership: The library has approximately 3,500 active patrons who checked out 88,000 items in 2012. The library is open to members of the Sun City Center Community Association including The Courtyards. Kings Point and Freedom Plaza residents are welcome to join the library for a $24 annual fee.
Our collection: The library purchases the newest best-selling books, large print books, newly released DVDs and books on CD. Due to grants from the Interfaith Council of Sun City Center and the Nearly New Shop, the SCC Library has a collection of more than 3,000 large print books.
Funding: The library is supported by SCC Community Association dues, membership fees and contributions from residents, businesses and organizations. Building maintenance is provided by the Community Association staff. The county does not contribute funds or materials to the library.
Internet Access: The Sun City Center Men’s Club recently purchased two new computers for internet and email access. Hillsborough County Library provides the internet connection and wireless internet access for patrons with their own laptops.
Hillsborough County Partnership: In addition to the SCC library's collection, the Community Association enjoys a partnership with the Hillsborough County Library System that enables residents to order materials from its collection. Items are delivered to the SCC Library for pickup. Local residents over the age of 55 may apply for a Hillsborough County Library card at the Sun City Center Library. In addition, Hillsborough County provides two catalog computers where you may reserve items or access their online databases such as the World Book Online Reference Center, Reference USA and Mergent Online. Their web address is: www.hcplc.org.
Returns: Please use the media drop in the door on the west side of the building to return media (CD's, DVD's and Tapes, etc.) rather than the main book drop at the front of the building. Heavier books can damage the cases and/or the media.
Reading room: Need to have a quiet place to read or to study? The reference room is a quiet area away from the hustle and bustle of the lobby. Our reference department provides a variety of magazines, the Wall Street Journal (provided by the Sun City Center Woman’s Club), and Barron’s in addition to other print reference materials.
Staff: The library has 2 full time and 2 part time staff members. In addition, there are 40 volunteers who generously donate their time to help make the library a fine asset to the community. If you are interested in becoming a library volunteer, please contact the Library Administrator.
Homebound? A recently added program is home delivery for members of the Community Association who cannot visit the library due to health or transportation problems. Volunteers will help them with selections and call on them as arranged. Call the library for more details.
Donated items: The library is happy to accept donated items in excellent condition. We regret that we cannot accept items that smell of mildew or mold because of the threat they pose to the rest of our collection, not to mention the allergens they bring into the building. It would be appreciated if donated items are not placed in the book drop but brought in during regular business hours if possible. Books and other donated items are either added to the collection or sold in the bookstore or at the annual book sale.
Book sales: Another feature of the library is its annual book sale now held in February, which is open to the general public. It is a great opportunity to buy books at bargain prices. In addition, a book sale room located in the library is open all year.