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Library Mission Statement

The State Library of Florida has two missions.  We:

  • Provide information to the state government of Florida.
  • Collect and preserve the published history of Florida.  

The State Library, as part of the Division of Library and Information Services, has the privilege of serving as the information provider for state agency employees and the Florida Legislature and legislative staff.  Section 257.04(4), Florida Statutes, states that the Division “shall maintain and provide research and information services for all state agencies.”  The material in our collection is here to help the employees of Florida’s state government better serve its citizens.  

The State Library has been building our Florida history collection for over 150 years. Many of our items are one of a kind, making this one of the most unique and comprehensive collections about Florida and Floridians in existence.

For FY2024-25, the percentage of total costs for the State Library and Statewide Resource Sharing program financed with federal money is 67%; the federal dollar amount to be spent on the program is $1,502,070. Local match, which includes non-governmental funding, is $742,070.31.

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.