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Top Ten Reasons LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library Rocks

Yum, yum, yum, I seriously love my local public library! I’ve lived all over, and let me tell you, that’s not always the case. Some libraries have lousy collections, some are disorganized, some have mean staff… but I get to Tallahassee and I see a library that does the absolute best with what it can offer.

Here’s why:

  1. When I walk into the library, it looks and feels alive and welcoming. There’s always something interesting to browse near the main entrance — audiobooks, CDs, a display of local soldiers.
  2. The staff are friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable. They’re never stumped by a question.
  3. The collection is so good, I always end up leaving the library with more books than I intended to check out. Whether it’s a great new book or an older title I’ve never heard of, or music or an audiobook, the library has so much to offer.
  4. If they don’t have a book, they can get it from another library lickety-split — and I can request books from my home computer. I’ve had interlibrary loan requests show up in a couple of days!
  5. I get a courtesy email notice several days before my books are due, so it’s not just up to me and my bad memory to remember to return them on time — and I can renew them online.
  6. They offer lots of research databases, available from anywhere with my library card and PIN. I’ve used their databases to research everything from the net ban to Civil War history from the comfort of my home computer.
  7. Everything’s so well-organized and well-maintained.
  8. The library signage helps me find what I’m looking for, so I’m not stuck asking myself where the new books are or how to find the story collections. I never feel that I’m wandering around lost.
  9. There’s free wifi at the library, and nice comfy tables to stretch out at.
  10. The main library has an elevator, for those days when I’m lugging a huge bag of books and the stairs just seem a bit much.

I always leave the library feeling good about my visit. I love most libraries, but I really, really love LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library. I hope everyone in Tallahassee knows what a treasure this is.

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