About 60% of the library's funding comes from local property taxes. These funds support the library's daily operations and staff. The Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) serves as JCPL's administrative board. This funding supports staff, utilities, and other fixed costs. If you have questions or feedback about the library, contact your county commissioner.
In addition to local funding, libraries across Florida receive grants from the state to support programs and collections. Florida's State Aid for Libraries program helps ensure that rural libraries like JCPL meet state standards and can provide the similar services as large municipal libraries. State funding supports the library's collections, furnishings, cultural events, STEM activities, building maintenance and programs.
JCPL is a member of the Wilderness Coast Public Libraries (WILD) cooperative. Library cooperatives like WILD allow small libraries to pool resources and function like larger library systems, while maintaining their financial and administrative independence. The directors of the Jefferson County, Franklin County, and Wakulla County libraries share technology and some administrative responsibilities. Patrons also get expedited holds from our shared collections. Your JCPL library card is valid at all cooperative libraries.
The Panhandle Library Access Network (PLAN) is a large group of Panhandle libraries that works together on regional issues such as access to e-books and staff training. As a member of PLAN, JCPL is able to give our patrons access to a collection of over 30,000 digital resources.
JCPL partners with other Jefferson County departments, parks, museums, nonprofits and private donors to support special programs such as the Literacy Alliance, Fresh and Free Fridge, Little Free Libraries, and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.