collections are available at each library location. The Naples and
Headquarters Regional libraries maintain reference departments, where
librarians are on staff during all hours of operation. The Naples
Regional library is the older and larger collection of the two, with
strong collections in business, health, genealogy, and local
To speak directly with a reference librarian at the Headquarters
Library, call 593-0177. To speak directly with a reference librarian at
the Naples Regional Library, call 263-7768.
Ask A Librarian
Additionally, you may contact a reference librarian in the state of
Florida via the web with live chat using the statewide Ask A Librarian
service. E-mail requests for information submitted via Ask A Librarian
will be handled by CCPL reference librarians. Please use the service
for informational queries that do not require quick turn-around or are
readily answered with a phone call to the Library.
Library maintains a Genealogy Room in the Naples Regional Library,
staffed by volunteers.
A schedule of volunteer vailability is posted in the Room. In addition
to the Library's non-circulating collection of genealogy books and
periodicals, the Genealogy
on the Library's website includes
links for accessing subscription online databases and recommended
The Library maintains an online index to obituaries appearing in the Naples
and corresponding to microfilm of the newspaper.
(Microfilm was not produced after January 2008). Additional obituary
finding resources are available on the Genealogy page.
Daily News Obituary Service
The Naples Regional Library Reference Department processes requests for
copies of obituaries and death notices from our microfilm collection of
Naples area newspapers. These microfilms cover the years of 1927-36,
and 1947-01/2008 (some years are partial). For years not covered by
these dates, the Library will be unable to provide an obituary/death
For obituary requests, the following applies:
If the death occurred during the years 1927 through January 2008
(excluding the years for which no microfilm is available), a search may
be performed using our online Obituary Index
The requestor of an obituary notice must provide the reference staff
with the subject's name. Include the subject's full name (if the
subject is female, please include her first name, i.e. Mrs. Jane Doe,
not Mrs. John Doe). Include your name, a contact phone number, and your
mailing address. Please allow one week's searching time per subject.
Obituary requests are researched free of charge, and one hard copy of
the obituary will be made for you free of charge. However, in order to
send a hard copy of the obituary to you via postal mail, we ask that
you provide us with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, mailed to the
Reference Department at the following address:
Obituary Request, Naples Regional Library, Reference Dept., 650 Central
Ave., Naples, FL, 34102;
or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Daily News Obituary Index
The ndex contains listings extracted from the
microfilmed issues of: Collier County News (a weekly published
every Thursday), for the dates July 28, 1927-1936, and November 7,
1947-1966; Naples Collier County Daily News (published five
days each week, with Monday and Saturday excluded), for the dates
January 1, 1967-December 31, 1976; and Naples Daily News (1977
through January 2008).
The index includes: obituaries, local
deaths, "In Memory" entries, and news items.
Since the intention of the index was to indicate death notices,
subsequent news items that deal with murder investigations or trials
have not been included. If a person's death fell into these categories,
it is advisable to check subsequent issues. Some may be as much as a
A female's maiden name is enclosed within parentheses. A
question mark following the maiden name indicates that the source was
from the surname of a mother, or brother, and may or may not be
correct. A question mark following the date of death indicates a
discrepancy between issues. If unable to determine the correct date,
the date from the first issue is used. Quotation marks are used to
Production of the microfilm reels of Naples Daily News
backfiles covered by the index ceased with January 2008
issues. Microfilm is the Genealogy Room of the Naples Regional
Library, 650 Central
Avenue, Naples, FL. Microform reader/printers available for
is a free service to residents of Collier
County who are physically unable to come to the Library and select
their own materials.
of any age who are homebound, and those who have disabilities, qualify
for this program. Patrons may request items by phone, mail, or email.
Library materials are mailed in nylon bags and must be returned to the
Library by mail (postage-free labels are provided). Books, large
print books, paperbacks, audio and music CDs, MP3 pre-loaded
audiobooks, and videos (DVD) are available.
or request an application
To complete the application
process, certify your application by calling the Mail A Book
office via phone at (239) 261-8208, ext. 15. No in-person
meeting is required.
Information about the federally funded Florida
Division of Blind Services, Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library
Services is also available from this office.
The Collier County Public Library Literacy Program concentrates
tutoring efforts in English as a second language and/or basic literacy.
Students are tutored individually or in small classes available at the South
Regional Library. Programs are offered at no cost. For information,
contact the program via e-mail.
The Collier Connects grant-funded program offers career
workshops open to the general public to assist in
improving job marketability of enrollees, and hands-on computer
classes specifically for current employment seekers. Limited
assistance is also offered in the use of government websites,
including the Employ Florida Marketplace and Access Florida. For
information, see the current brochure and visit or contact the participating library branch.
Senior Services Activity Directors support
Library programming news and special notices are communicated to all
Senior Services Activity Directors in Collier County.
Activity Directors are introduced to the variety of programs the
Library provides for challenged patrons and other services available
locally and nationally. Library materials, programming, and expertise
in planning and implementing special programs are offered to all
professionals who provide programming for special populations in our
community. For information, contact the program via e-mail.
Institutional settings support
The Mail A Book Services office helps to maintain limited book
collections in institutional settings, including jails and educational
facilities serving special members of our Collier County community.
Materials are provided to the Naples and Immokalee Jail Centers which
maintain depository collections with the Library, Naples Detention
Center which receives academic and recreational titles for its
detainees, The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County which receives
donations for its campus Library, and The Shelter for Abused Women
& Children of Collier County which receives reading materials for
its waiting rooms. For information, contact the program via e-mail.