Ask A Librarian, Florida’s virtual reference service, is designed to handle requests similar to those asked at the reference desk in the library or by telephone. A trained information professional can guide you to the answer you need in minutes rather than your wasting hours navigating hundreds of unhelpful and irrelevant web sites. More than 100 libraries statewide collaborate to provide this service to their patrons and the patrons of other participating libraries.
There are three formats in which virtual reference questions can be submitted. You can choose to either:
With the exception of holidays, live Chat is available: * Sunday through Thursday, 10:00 am – Midnight * Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Chat allows you to communicate with a librarian in real time.
With the exception of holidays, Text Messaging is available: * Sunday through Thursday, 10:00 am – Midnight * Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Our texting service means you can text us from your mobile phone at the moment you need assistance from wherever you are! Use Text to ask simple, quick questions (up to 160 characters) that can be answered in brief responses. You will text a local phone number and include a keyword before your question. You will receive an answer from a live librarian within minutes! * Local phone number: (352) 354-2991 (you must include the area code) *Start your message with the keyword: cls Since Ask A Librarian is staffed by real librarians from public, academic, and special libraries throughout Florida, you will most likely chat with or text a librarian who does not work at your local library and does not have access to your personal library records”
Questions may be submitted via email at any time. Please be sure to include your name, phone number, return email address, and as many details about your question as possible. A Librarian will get back to you within 72 hours, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. For example, questions received on Friday will receive a response by the following Wednesday.
Ask a Librarian is administered by the Tampa Bay Library Consortium and is funded as part of the Florida Electronic Library by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant.
Our library system has a fiercely active community of library supporters, and there are lots of ways for you to be involved: you can volunteer individually or through the Friends of the Library, work with the Library Advisory Board, or partner with us through your community business or organization.
The Friends of the Library are non-profit organizations dedicated to enhancing public library service for the citizens of Citrus County.
Friends are people who love books, love to read, and want to help others enjoy the pleasure of reading. Friends raise money through memberships, used-book sales, promotional item sales, special events, and donations. Friends inform officials of issues affecting libraries locally, state-wide, and nationally. Friends encourage gifts or memorials of funds, books, and library equipment. Friends donate time and resources to the libraries and Friends’ organizations.
Friends believe that they can make the difference between a good Library System and a great Library System. Download an application now.
“The highest reward for a person’s work is not what they get for it, but what they become because of it” John Ruskin. (1819-1900)
Come and join our group of active volunteers. Some of the benefits include helping others, meeting new people, developing friendships, learning new skills and best of all, feeling needed and valued. Together we can build stronger communities and enriches lives.
There is a significant need for volunteers in today’s Library. We will match your skills and interests with corresponding opportunities. You may enjoy assisting us in keeping our book collection in good order, helping someone register to use one of our computers or informing a patron that their books are in and ready for pickup. Or perhaps mentoring is something that would pique your interest. There are opportunities available to train new volunteers, assist with classes in our Computer Lab and/or help individuals with the basic functions of the computers. How about becoming a tutor for the new Literacy Program? It may be that you really enjoy reading to children.
The return on your investment of time is immeasurable. Share your time and talent with us. Together we can make a difference in people’s lives.
The purpose of the Library Board is set forth in Citrus County Resolution Number 86-54 as approved by the Citrus County Special Library District Governing Board on March 11, 1986.
It is the duty of the Library Board to advise the Board of County Commissioners on public libraries' budget, policies, services and other pertinent matters.
The Library Board consists of nine members. The officers of the Library Board consist of a Chair, a Vice-Chair, and a Secretary.
The Library Board meets the fourth Thursday of each month. In the event of conflict with holidays or other events, a majority of the members present may change the date of any scheduled meeting. All meetings begin at 4:00 P.M.
Mary Ann Lynn
For consideration of placement on the Advisory Board, submit a completed application together with a recent resume to
Beverly Hills, FL 34465
The request will be reviewed to determine qualifications and vacancies. In the event there are no vacancies, the information will be kept on record at Library Administration for a period of one year. If there are vacancies and it is determined that the applicant qualifies, the request will be placed on the first available Board of County Commissioners' meeting agenda for nomination to a position. At the following regularly scheduled Commission meetin, a nominee will be appointed to fill each vacant position and a letter will be sent confirming each appointment.
Correspondence can be sent to the Chair addressed to the Central Ridge Library, 425 W. Roosevelt Boulevard, Beverly Hills, Florida 34465. Phone messages can be directed to the Secretary at (352) 746-9077.