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Letter from the Director

robin w books.jpgIt is my pleasure to welcome you to the Northwest Regional Library System.  NWRLS is a department of Bay County and is headquartered at the Bay County Public Library in Panama City.  We have eight locations in Bay, Gulf and Liberty Counties, serving a population of over 199,000 residents.  We proudly serve over 43,000 visitors each month who have access to a collection of over 300,000 books, movies, eBooks, downloadable audio books and magazines and more.  We offer 118 public computers with internet access, and Wi-Fi is available in all locations.  Our customers have access to more than 30 databases, most of which can be accessed 24/7 from any internet computer.

NWRLS offers educational and recreational programs for all ages. Our preschool programs make reading and stories fun for children and families and help prepare children to enter school with the skills they need to be successful.  Our Literacy Department offers one-on-one and group tutoring to help people improve their reading, writing and English, study for the citizenship test and more.  Teen and Adult programs are diverse and include musical performances, technology instruction, painting demonstrations, gaming tournaments, book discussions, art exhibits and lectures. Our Foundations and Friends groups provide support, volunteers and funding that makes much of what we do possible.

A must see for residents of Bay County is the Jane Patten Genealogy and Local History Room at the Bay County Public Library.  This room is a treasure-trove of local artifacts and information on the history of Bay County. Genealogy researchers can access Ancestry.com as well as many other physical research materials. Bay County Public Library also houses the Bay County Law Library which is available during all of BCPL’s operating hours. 


The Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Library in Port St. Joe offers another special collection, the Alfred I. DuPont Florida History & Genealogy Center.  It is open during all operating hours of the library and offers access to Ancestry.com in addition to thousands of physical research volumes and artifacts. 


Please visit our webpages on the history of the Northwest Regional Library System, our Annual Report and our Long Range Plan for more details about where we have been and where we are going. Our staff is top notch and committed to providing an exceptional experience for our customers whether they visit in person, on the phone, via chat, text or email.  We’re here to connect you with the information you seek.

Thank you for visiting our website.  I hope you visit again soon.




Robin Shader
Library Director