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. The library proctors college and professional exams on an appointment basis.
We have five or more librarians assisting with collection development every month to ensure you the widest variety of new books and audiovisual materials. Patrons may request items for purchasing consideration.
During the 2019 Fiscal Year, the Daphne Public Library provided 2,825 hours of public services. Other library totals for 2019 included:
Items Owned: 79,600+
Annual Library Visitors: 156,234
Items Circulated (checked out): 276,069
E-books downloaded: 15,220
Free Public Programs: 473
Free Program Attendance: 7,870
We provide tax forms, public information bulletin boards, and information on the City of Daphne for your convenience. Our library is part of a countywide library cooperative, providing interlibrary & countywide loans so you can access every circulating item in the county without ever leaving your local library!
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, the Nonfiction Book Club, the Romance Book Club and the Mystery Book Club. Resume and genealogy workshops are offered as well. Fulfill your craftier side with our Cross Stitch Club, Yarn Group, or Art & Coloring for Adults and Seniors. Try your green thumb with help from our Seed Library.
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, Mango Languages, Ancestry Library Edition, Heritage Quest, African American Heritage, Global Newsstream, and Camellia Net e-books, e-audios and e-magazines. The library offers special literary & 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 three other internet access computers in the library, as well as a Family History Booth (microfiche, digital camera, and slides, 8mm film, and VHS tapes can be converted to digital files) and a 3-D Printing Booth (designing and building 3-D items). These specialty booths may be used by appointment. Workshops for using 3-D printers and Wacom digital drawing boards are coming soon.
Free computer classes are also offered on a rotating basis, including MS Word and MS Excel. "Bring your own" digital device classes and private appointments are offered. Check the library calendar for dates and times.