Library Closure


The Bartram Trail Branch Library, 60 Davis Pond Boulevard, Fruit Cove Florida is set to temporarily close at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday April 20, 2019.

The 14,980 square foot library, which opened in 1997, 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 4-4.5 months with an expected reopen date in September, 2019.

Dan Markus, Bartram Trail 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.”

Beginning April 29, patrons will be able to request items and check them out from a temporary library located at St. Johns County Recreation and Parks Northwest Office at Mills Field 1721 Race Track Road. Located less than 2 miles north 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 April 29, the temporary library will be open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Patrons are advised that an after-hours book drop will not be provided.

Page last updated on 4/17/19.

Frequently asked questions:

Where is the library's temporary library and when is it open?
During the closure, the library will operate a temporary library beginning April 29, at the St. Johns County Recreation and Parks Northwest Office at Mills Field 1721 Race Track Road. The temporary library will be open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Patrons are advised that an after-hours book drop will not be provided.
Can I still place and pickup holds during the closure?
Yes. During the closure, you can place and pickup holds at our temporary library located at the St. Johns County Recreation and Parks Northwest Office at Mills Field 1721 Race Track Road. If you place a hold and get notification that the hold is ready, by default it will be at the temporary location for pickup. Additionally, patrons can reach library staff at our regular number, (904) 827-6960.
If I want to pick up my holds at the temporary library, do I need to make any changes to my account?
No. We will transfer your holds to the temporary library.
Where should I return my items?
Library materials can be returned to the temporary library 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. Lisa and Ms. Paula will present four Family Story Times at Faith Community Church located at 3450 County Road 210. Please join us at 10 a.m. on the following Wednesdays: 6/5, 6/26, 7/17, and 7/24. Additionally, we encourage you to enjoy one of the story times at our other five branches or bookmobiles. To find a story time for your family, visit our storytime calendar.  
What about kids Summer Reading?
Our Youth Services team will present four special summer reading events for kids at Switzerland Community Church located at 2179 State Road 13.  Please join us at 10 a.m. on the following Tuesdays:  6/11 Jiggleman; 6/25 Jacksonville Zoo to You; 7/9 Wild Wonders Animal Show with Mike Rossi; and 7/23 Magician Mark Alan.
What about the Book Club?
Stay tuned for updates about adult programming during the closure.
How can I pay my library fines?
At the temporary library, library staff will accept fine payments ($3.00 minimum) 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 library, staff will be unable to accept donated materials until the library reopens.