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Special Collections

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The Owl's Nest is a bimonthly electronic newsletter produced by Jacksonville Public Library's Special Collections Department. It features articles highlighting each collection and includes information about upcoming classes, events, and material additions.


African-American Collection

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This reference collection contains materials that highlight the cultural life and contributions of people of African descent in Jacksonville, in Florida, in the United States, and in the world. It contains materials that highlight the historical, social, civic, religious, economic, and cultural life of African Americans.

Location: On the fourth floor of the Main Library


Delius Collection

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The Delius Collection is an assemblage of resources relating to Frederick Delius, the British composer who resided in the Jacksonville area during 1884-85.

Location: On the fourth floor of the Main Library


Digital Library Collection

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The DLC is an electronic gateway to the past! Its goal is to preserve and extend the lifespan of fragile material such as rare books, photos, postcards and manuscripts from the Florida and Genealogy Collections while at the same time making them available to the public via the Internet. Some items may only be viewed on a computer at the Library because of size, copyright issues or other limitations.

Location: On the fourth floor of the Main Library


Florida Collection

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A reference collection of Florida materials emphasizing Northeast Florida and Jacksonville. One of the largest such collections in a public library in Florida, it consists of roughly 20,000 cataloged books and pamphlets. It also includes manuscripts, photographs, postcards, periodicals, microfilm and documents, some items dating to the 1600s. Subject areas collected in depth include history, flora and fauna, biographies, travel, economics and government.

Location: On the fourth floor of the Main Library


Genealogy Collection

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'The Main Library’s Genealogy Department is an official Family History Center, and customers can order microfilm. The Main Library houses genealogical source material specializing in Florida and the southeastern United States, as well as local records, including school yearbooks and city directories, for Jacksonville, Clay, Duval and St. Johns counties.

Location: On the fourth floor of the Main Library


Government Documents Collection

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TTY 904-630-2740.

The Federal Depository Library Program was established in the early 1800's by Congress, to ensure that the American people would have access to their government's information.

JPL was designated a selective depository for Federal publications and documents, as a part of this program, in 1914. Since that time the library depository has selected and offered materials and formats which will keep the public informed of public issues, governmental research, statistics and other information which will impact upon their lives, and whose scope is balanced and reflects the needs of the community to have equal access to these materials.

Location: On the fourth floor of the Main Library


Holocaust Collection

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The Holocaust Collection contains materials relating to one of the most horrific events in human history. The collection includes books, photographs, recordings, films and other materials that will serve as a resource for youth and adults who wish to learn about the Holocaust and the consequences of prejudice, discrimination and intolerance.

Location: On the fourth floor of the Main Library in the Grand Reading Room.


Map Collections

Birds Eye View of Jacksonville

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The Jacksonville Public Library Map Collection contains an assortment of maps and charts, both current and historical. All are available for review and many may be checked out by customers.

The Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection contains some 244 antiquarian maps of Florida and Florida cities, North and South America, and the world. It includes historical views and plates focusing on northern Florida. The collection is housed in the Morris Ansbacher Map Room.

Location: On the fourth floor of the Main Library


Nonprofit Resources @ JPL

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TTY 904-630-2740.

One of Florida's finest reference collections to assist non-profit organizations seeking information on grants. Click here to view a selected listing of the materials available in our collection.

The Library is a Foundation Center Cooperating Collection member. Library holdings include the Foundation Center's Foundation Directory Online Professional, which allows simultaneous search of many foundations. This electronic database is available only at Library locations.

If you are a nonprofit organization and wish to schedule an appointment to visit us, please call. Please review our website for additional information.

Location: On the third floor of the Main Library


Voices of the First Coast

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Voices of the First Coast is a local initiative designed to record, preserve and share the stories that matter most to our community. A collaboration between the Jacksonville Public Library and WJCT, the programís mission is to capture the unique oral histories of Northeast Florida.

Location: On the fourth floor of the Main Library