Mission Statement Brevard County Libraries enables people of all ages to improve their quality of life by providing information and enrichment through traditional resources and new technology. Vision Statement We will be recognized as a Library System that excels in providing efficient, modern, accessible and customer oriented services. System Description There are presently over 900,000 volumes total in the Brevard County Libraries. One library card is valid at all locations, and materials are loaned between locations through a daily courier service and outside our libraries via Inter-Library Loan. Periodical subscriptions stand at about 2,250. The libraries own over 18,000 videos and 21,000 sound recordings. The Central Brevard Library and Reference Center is a State and Federal Documents Depository. Located at the Central, Melbourne and North Brevard libraries are fairly extensive collections of genealogical materials. An Audio-Visual Library of 16mm films and videos which can be reserved and scheduled in advance (all with public performance rights) is located at the Central Brevard Library and Reference Center. Located in each library are special collections for the physically and visually handicapped residents in our County. These include a circulating collection of Assistive Reading devices, a collection of adult reads (low reading level materials) to assist new readers, and TDD's. Assistive listening devices and large print terminals are also available. Community Description The Brevard County Libraries is made up of sixteen public libraries. Located on Florida's Space Coast, Brevard County is unique geographically being 72 miles long and 25 miles wide at the broadest point. Brevard's geography coupled with limits of public transportation, necessitates that services be provided in as many locations as possible to serve the needs of the county residents. Brevard is home to the Kennedy Space Center and major space-related industries and employs a highly technical labor force. Brevard County exceeds Florida's averages in the percent of residents with both high school and college educations for adults over 25 years There are eight colleges and universities as well as one vocational technical college in Brevard. In addition to the Brevard County Libraries, there are many academic and special libraries which are part of the Central Florida Library Cooperative and offer expanded services to the Brevard Community.