Meet the Director

Mary Anne Hodel

Welcome to the Orange County Library System! We have opened a whole new chapter thanks to a generous $1 million dollar donation from the Kendrick B. Melrose Family Foundation. The 26,000-square-foot Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity is now open. The center is located on the second floor of the Main Library. It includes audio, film and photography studios, along with flight simulators and a fabrication lab with 3-D printers. You will also find driving simulators for teens and construction simulators that will allow workers to gain experience. Learn more about the center at the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity blog.

Today's libraries are way more than books. You can download free music and e-books, and access more than 250 magazine titles online through Zinio. And hoopla allows you to stream movies, TV, music or audiobooks instantly from your smartphone, tablet or PC. Enjoy free Wi-Fi at all 15 libraries and take free technology classes. The library offers a wide array of classes on everything from Microsoft Office basics to advanced classes on Cloud Computing, Illustrator, Photoshop and much more. There are also many DIY learning opportunities through Lynda.com and Treehouse. Sign up for our Technology @ OCLS newsletter to get the latest information about technology offered through your library.

Libraries are all about learning. Want to learn a new language? You've come to the right place. We have databases to help you reach your goal. Preparing to become a U.S. citizen? We can help with that too. Our Citizenship Inspired program is designed to help prepare people to successfully navigate the naturalization process. Challenged with caring for an aging parent? Our Counsel for Caregivers series addresses care-giving concerns and is offered at three library locations each month. Meanwhile, our Right Service at the Right Time website helps people tap into multiple outlets for public and private assistance.

The Orlando Public Library houses the largest genealogy collection in the Southeast. So whether you're a seasoned researcher or new to genealogy, it is a wonderful resource. OCLS leads the way in online historical preservation through Orlando Memory and its groundbreaking EPOCH program.

Your library system is an award-winning one recognized for its many innovations. Please check out the many awards honoring OCLS. We are always working hard to bring you cutting-edge services and resources. And we are always glad to hear from you. Have a suggestion or idea? Please take time to Share a Comment with us.

We are pleased to be offering a special Summer Reading Program . Area families are invited to celebrate the season with fun activities including magic, music, comedy, science and more. It's happening at a library near you this summer. All this year, we are celebrating What the Dickens, a special commemoration of the life and times of Charles Dickens. We have an outstanding line-up of Dickens-related programs to celebrate one of the most iconic authors of all times.

Thanks for visiting our website. We also hope to welcome you in person to one of our 15 convenient locations. Of course, if you can't make it in person, you can always enjoy us digitally or you can use our convenient home delivery service to request items and have them delivered right to your door. Yes, it really is that simple. Our catalog contains more than 1.5 million items in many formats -- even downloadable videos. Finally, please consider becoming a Friend of the Library. With your annual membership of just $15, you'll receive the library's monthly newsletter, special invitations and advance entry to half-off book sales. Your friendship is appreciated.

Mary Anne Hodel
Library Director/CEO
OCLS - Orlando, Florida    
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