The Pinellas Public Library Cooperative serves Pinellas County residents in member cities and unincorporated Pinellas county. The Cooperative office provides coordination of programs, funding, and marketing for the 14 member libraries.
– Vision Statement –
PPLC connects communities.
– Mission Statement –
PPLC facilitates a common library experience across the county while preserving the unique attributes of individual libraries.
– PPLC Background –
The Pinellas Public Library Cooperative is a non-profit organization that facilitates cooperation, collaboration, and sharing of resources, programs, services, and expertise among its member libraries. PPLC was the first Library Cooperative formed in the state of Florida, and was founded in 1989 through an Interlocal Agreement between the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) and Municipalities with Public Libraries that are members of the PPLC. The purpose of forming the cooperative was to extend public library services to the unincorporated areas of Pinellas County and to municipalities that do not have library services. PPLC receives and disburses funds, maintains a shared library automation system, maintains a shared materials delivery system, and facilitates collective purchasing for cost savings. In 1992, PPLC established the Pinellas Talking Book Library to provide library services to the blind and physically handicapped. The Deaf Literacy Center was incorporated into the cooperative in 2000, to serve the emerging deaf community. PPLC facilitates community partnerships, builds relationships, markets library services, and advocates for local, state, and federal financial support of library services to improve the lives of Pinellas County residents.
Many countywide services are partially funded under the provisions of the State Aid to Libraries Grant Program, administered by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services.
– Goals –
Partnerships: Develop mutually beneficial partnerships.
Advocacy: Develop and communicate an annual legislative agenda.
Funding: Seek all types of funding sources (e.g., local, state and federal; private).
Marketing: Develop an annual marketing plan that would encompass national, state and other campaigns.
Centralization/Resource Sharing: Facilitate centralized services and resource sharing.
– Policies –
Pinellas Public Library Cooperative
1330 Cleveland Street
Clearwater, FL 33755-5103
Phone: (727) 441-8408
Fax: (727) 441-8938