Library Closure


The Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, is set to temporarily close at 6:00 pm on Friday, November 2, 2018.

The 24,800 square foot library, which opened in 1993, will undergo a project to replace all fire sprinkler pipes and fixtures throughout the building and library exterior. Because this project addresses the entire building’s fire suppression system, the branch must remain closed to staff, volunteers, and patrons through its duration. Work is anticipated to last 3-3 ½ months with an expected reopen date in March, 2019.

Amy Ring, Ponte Vedra Beach Library Branch Manager, says, “We understand the disruption in local service this closure will cause. We hope our patrons will take advantage of the great electronic collections we offer for borrowing and use the temporary location we have arranged to check out physical items.”

This closure will not impact the library’s role as an early voting site or Election Day polling place for the 2018 General Election. The Friends of the Library Community Room in the southern end of the library branch will remain open as an early voting location through 6:00 pm, Saturday, November 3, 2018. The same space will also be available on Election Day, November 6, 2018, for voters registered in Precinct 401 from 7 am to 7 pm. Entry for voting will be located on the southeast side of the library in the regular location.

During the closure, patrons will be able to request items and check them out from a temporary storefront located at the Tax Collector’s Annex, 5430 Palm Valley Road (click here for a map). Located less than 3 miles south of the library branch, this temporary location will provide convenient access for patrons to borrow items they have requested and return items during open hours. After 11 am on Tuesday, November 13, the temporary storefront will be open Monday through Friday from 11 am to 6 pm, and 11 am to 4 pm on Saturdays. Patrons are advised that an after-hours bookdrop will not be provided.

Patrons are encouraged to use any of the other St. Johns County Public Library Branches, including the traveling bookmobiles, during the branch closure.


Pause in Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library Services, 11/3/18 – 11/10/18

Physical building access and most library services will be unavailable to patrons from November 3-November 10, 2018. During this time staff will prepare the branch for the upcoming fire sprinkler project and move into our temporary location at the Tax Collectors Annex.

This closure will not impact the library’s role as an early voting site or Election Day polling place for the 2018 General Election. The Friends of the Library Community Room in the southern end of the library branch will remain open as an early voting location through 6:00 pm, Saturday, November 3, 2018. The same space will also be available on Election Day, November 6, 2018, for voters registered in Precinct 401 from 7 am to 7 pm. Entry for voting will be located on the southeast side of the library in the regular location.

Patrons will still be able to view their accounts online, access e-content, and place holds. Staff will also be available to assist patrons at the regular phone number, (904) 827-6950.

No items will be due between November 3-10. External book drop return will be available until 10:00 am on Monday, November 5. (External book drop access will not be available at the temporary Annex location.)

Requested items will be held for an extended period of time to accommodate transfer to the temporary Annex location for pick-up. Patrons can view item request status by logging into their library accounts at http://sjcpls.org/my-account/.

SJCPLS will be closed on November 12, 2018 for Veteran’s Day.

Page last updated on 9/24/18.

Frequently asked questions:

Does this closure impact the library's role as a polling place?
No. This closure will not impact the library’s role as an early voting site or Election Day polling place for the 2018 General Election. The Friends of the Library Community Room in the southern end of the library branch will remain open as an early voting location through 6:00 pm, Saturday, November 3, 2018. The same space will also be available on Election Day, November 6, 2018, for voters registered in Precinct 401 from 7 am to 7 pm. Entry for voting will be located on the southeast side of the library in the regular location.  
Where is the library's temporary storefront and when is it open?
During the closure, the library will operate a temporary storefront at the Tax Collector’s Annex, 5430 Palm Valley road (click here for a map). After Tuesday November 13, the temporary storefront will be open 11 am to 6 pm, Monday through Friday, and 11 am to 4 pm on Saturdays.
Can I still place and pickup holds during the closure?
Yes. During the closure, you can place and pickup holds at our temporary storefront located at the Tax Collector’s Annex, 5430 Palm Valley Road (click here for a map). If you place a hold and get notification that the hold is ready, by default it will be at the temporary storefront for pickup. Additionally, patrons can reach library staff at our regular number, (904) 827-6950.
If I want to pick up my holds at the temporary storefront, do I need to make any changes to my account?
No. We will transfer your holds to the temporary storefront.
Where should I return my items?
Library materials can be returned to the temporary storefront during operating hours only. There will not be an after-hours bookdrop during the closure. Materials can also be returned to any other St. Johns County Public library or bookmobile. 
What about storytimes?
Ms. Anne will present five Family Storytime Classes at the Ponte Vedra YMCA, 170 Landrum Ln, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082 (click here for map.) Storytimes will be at 10:45 am on 11/15, 12/6, 12/20, 1/17, and 1/31. These storytimes are open to non-YMCA members. Additionally, we encourage you to enjoy one of the storytimes at our other five branches or bookmobiles. To find a storytime for your family, visit our storytime calendar.
How can I pay my library fines?
At the temporary storefront, library staff will accept fine payments by credit-card (Mastercard or Visa) through our SmartPay system only. Cash payments can be made at any of our other branch libraries.  
What about donations?
Due to limited storage space at the temporary storefront, staff will be unable to accept donated materials until the library reopens.