Florence Public Library
324 N. Main
Florence, Kansas 66851
The City of Florence Library is open:
The library maintains many books in all ages and categories. Library cards are free to residents of Florence.
Card members can get access to reference and research databases from their computer at home, school, work, or other locations. Apply for your card at the library.
The Kansas Library Card (KSLC) is a free service provided to Kansas residents by the Kansas State Library. You can access the KSLC network at the Kansas Library card web site: http://www.kslc.org
The Florence Public Library was founded in 1922 by a group of hard working women who represented the clubs of the community. It was located in the east room of the First National Bank building. The library is now located in the west room of the same building. Anna Keech was the first librarian.
In 1941 the library moved to the Gladstone Hotel building at 321 South Main. The big flood of 1951 destroyed almost all of the library's books and newspapers. A nationwide donation of books and reference materials helped rebuild the library's colleciton.
In 1962 the library moved again, this time back to the building at the corner of Fourth and Main. This is its present location.
In 1969 the library joined the North Central Kansas Library System (NCKL). Through the NCKL, the library receives a rotating selection of books from the traveling book van.
The year 2007 marks the library's 85th year of continuous service to the Florence community. The library has more than 8,000 books, 17 periodicals, three newspapers and a circulation of almost 6,300 books. A long-standing library tradition, the summer reading program also continues.