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Miami Dade County Library System offers a variety of different libraries to county residents. The following 42ibraries are as follows: Allapattah Branch Library, Brockway Memorial Library, Coconut Grove Branch, Coral Gables Branch, Coral Reef Branch Library, Culmer/Overtown Branch, Dade County Talking Book Library, Doral Early Childhood Library, Edison Center Branch Library, Fairlawn Branch Library, Grapeland Heights Branch, Hispanic Branch Library, Homestead Branch Library, John F. Kennedy Library, Kendall Branch Library, Key Biscayne Branch, Lemon City Branch, Little River Branch, Lua A. Curtiss Branch Library, Main Library, Metrorail Branch Library Civic Center Station, Miami Beach Branch, Miami Lakes/Palm Springs North, Miami Springs Branch, Miami-Dade Public Library System, Model City Branch, North Central Branch, North Dade Regional, North Hialeah E-Library, North Miami Beach Public Library, North Miami Public Library, North Shore Branch, Northeast Branch, Shenandoah Branch, South Dade Regional, South Miami Branch, South Shore Branch, Surf-Bal-Bay Public Library, West Dade Regional, West Flagler Branch, West Hialeah E-Library, and West Kendall Regional.

The Main Library was relocated in 1985 and is located with the Miami-Dade Cultural Center, the Historical Museum of Southern Florida, and the Miami Art Museum. The Main Library has a number of special departments that contain extensive collections in their subject areas. The Florida Department has information on the Sunshine State, with special emphasis on the South Florida region. In addition to rare books and documents, the Florida Department houses the Gleason Waite Romer collection of 17,500 photographic negatives and prints recording Miami's history from pioneer days through 1950. Other departments includes Social Sciences, Humanities and Young Adults; Fine Arts; Business and Science; Foreign Languages; Genealogy; and Urban Affairs and the Children's Department.

North Dade Regional opened its doors in September of 1976. Conveniently located one block east of University Drive (27th avenue) and the Miami Gardens Shopping Plaza has a full line of popular CDs, videos, magazines, and access to the Internet. The branch houses approximately 180,000 volumes, is completely automated, and offers the latest technology. Puppet shows, story times and creative dramatics are regular features in this Childrenís department. Apart from the large programming room and two conference rooms, the Library is the home to several special collections, including the rare Schomburg Clipping files and one of the most comprehensive reference collections pertaining to Black Studies in South Florida.

West Kendall Regional is conveniently located in the Hammocks Town Shopping Center and it first opened it doors on December 10, 1990 and thereafter on March 11, 1994 due to Hurricane Andrew. The 39,000 square-foot library circulates over 60,000 items monthly. Special features include a large auditorium for programs and special events, computers with Microsoft Word for typing reports and resumes, fifty-four computers to access the library systemís catalog and database collection including access to Internet.

Contact information:

Main Library
101 W. Flagler Street,
Miami FL. 33130
Phone: (305) 375-2665

North Dade Regional 
2455 NW 183rd Street,
Miami, FL. 33056
Phone: (305) 625-6424

West Kendall Regional 
10201 Hammocks Boulevard,
Miami, FL. 33196
Phone: (305) 385-7135


 

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