During the 2015 Fiscal Year, the Daphne Public Library provided 2,825 hours of public services. Other library totals for 2015 included:
- Items Owned: 79,600+
- Annual Library Visitors: 274,619
- Items Circulated (checked out): 345,430
- E-books downloaded: 18,215
- Free Public Programs: 393
- Free Program Attendance: 9,509
The Daphne Public Library presently provides a wide variety of services for patrons of all ages. Our general services include reference, providing over 79,600 high-quality circulating items, reader’s advisory services, free meeting spaces, computer equipment and Internet connection, free wireless internet, and assistance locating your desired library materials. We have five or more librarians assisting with collection development every month to ensure you the widest variety of new books and audiovisual materials. We also place orders for patron-requested materials on a monthly basis.
We provide tax forms, public information bulletin boards, and information on the City of Daphne for your convenience. As part of a countywide library cooperative, we provide interlibrary & countywide loans so you can access every circulating item in the county without ever leaving your local library!
GED training is available twice weekly at the Daphne Public Library in association with Faulkner State Junior College, and the library proctors college and professional exams on an appointment basis.
One of our goals in Daphne is to provide programs and events of interest to a wide range of citizens including adults, teens, children, preschoolers, and seniors.
Adults can choose from monthly programs including the Jubilee Book Club and the Mystery Book Club. Summer Reading Program for Adults (SRPA) is designed as a reading and entertainment activity for adults and is held in August. The Teen Advisory Board provides a forum for teens who enjoy writing or creating art, volunteering, and meeting new people. Teens can enjoy an exciting Summer Reading Program (SRP) with guests and activities throughout the month of June.
Children can choose from a Lap Babies story time each week, two Pre-K story times each week, or attend the K-5th Book Club every Thursday. The children’s Summer Reading Program (SRP) is a great endeavor for the library, providing entertainers, arts and crafts, stories, and more! Special children’s events include Trick or Treat @ Your Library in October and Santa Stories in December.
The Daphne Public Library also provides free access to A to Z Maps, Teen Health & Wellness, Mango Languages, Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest, African American Heritage, News Stand, and Camellia Net e-books; the Annual History Series; special literary and cultural events; school & preschool field trips & tours; as well as outreach to local schools, preschools, and senior facilities.
The library provides a computer lab with 16 internet access computers that can be used individually or may be booked for group training. There are another eight internet access computers in the library.
Free computer classes are also offered on a rotating basis. Check the library calendar for dates and times.