Website of the Friends of the Venice Public Library, Inc.
The Friends of the Venice Public Library is non-profit 501(c)3 organization in Venice, Florida dedicated to enhancing the services offered by our community library since 1962.  The Friends support the library by providing funds for expansions, renovations, furniture, equipment, new technology, programs for adults and children, library materials and other needs not allocated in the county budget.

A temporary library kiosk  at the Venice Community Center (326 S. Nokomis Ave.) is now open.

The hours are:

Monday - Thursday
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Venice Public Library Closure

On February 1, 2016, Sarasota County closed the Venice Public Library. A temporary library service kiosk is now operating in the Venice Community Center as county staff works to prepare an interim site for modified library service and also proceeds with planning for Venice's next public library.

For the latest information on public library service in Venice, please visit the Sarasota County Libraries web page dedicated to updates on the Venice Public Library. You may also call 941-861-1110.

A Message to Our Friends

In the coming months, the support and collective voice of the Friends of the Venice Public Library will be as critical as ever. The Friends continue to fund programs and resources available to Venice Library patrons at alternative locations in the community and online. We also will play a critical role in ensuring that the Venice area has the library service it needs and deserves-under the current circumstances and long into the future.

Please supply your e-mail address here for frequent Friends updates on available library resources and opportunities for community input on future library service.

*  Read this letter to the Friends members

*  Read the Friends' media statement regarding closure of the Venice Public Library

*  Renew your Friends membership here

Latest Updates:

*  Shuttle service now offered at VCC!  A trial shuttle service will launch on Thursday, March 17, which will provide round-trip rides to the Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library from the Venice Community Center.

*  The county has issued a new fact sheet on the Hamilton Building, which has been selected as the site for a temporary Venice Public Library to open later this year. For additional information, go here.

*  Construction work to renovate the temporary facility began on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. When completed, the Hamilton Building will feature a full range of books, magazines and other materials; public computers; a children’s and teen area; and an adjacent bike and walking trail.