South County Regional Library
Originally a data processing center, the 32,600-square-foot South County Regional Library opened Aug. 23, 1996 and quickly became an Estero landmark. Registered users total 33,613 and circulation of materials exceeds more than 47,500 monthly. The South County Regional Library currently has a collection of more than 177,900 items, including books, DVDs, books on CD and audiocassettes, music CDs, and software. Total circulation for Fiscal Year 2007-2008 was 570,054. Forty public Internet stations are available for patrons to surf the Net and to access the library’s databases and Microsoft Office products. Wireless technology installed this winter season has enabled patrons to use laptops at South County Regional.
The library has gained a reputation for offering the community a variety of excellent programming for youth, teens, and adults. Many community groups hold meetings in the library’s large meeting room, which seats 99. Two study rooms also are available as a meeting place for tutors or quiet study. Several of Lee County’s systemwide library services operate out of the South County Regional Library: the Bookmobile, the Books-by-Mail program, and Senior Outreach (which circulated 3,317 large print books to 79 senior residential facilities in 2008). Learn about the library's Friends group of supporters.