The Sant Joan d’Alacant Municipal Library has had several headquarters until its definitive relocation in the current building of the Cultural Centre. It was created at the beginning of the decade of the 70s, when it was suggested to located in the basement of the Town Hall, but the project was finally postponed.

After ten long years of waiting, the funds of the Library were installed in a small building in calle del Mercat, a building that also housed cultural associations. It began its journey in that building of “La Cultural”, towards 1980, of the hand of our first librarian Mr. Maximiliano Pastor. But five years later it was decided to demolish the building, transferring again all the furniture and documentary collection to a temporary space in calle 6 de Diciembre. They slept there in oblivion for 4 or 5 years.

In 1989, by means of an agreement with the CAM (savings bank), the City Council temporarily relocated the Library in a central location until the new House of Culture was built. On 9 October 1993, it was inaugurated with great expectations in Calle del Mar. The new library was planned in its premises, but the reality is that it could not accommodate the huge volume of booksand the number of people required.

Finally, on 27 March 2011, thanks to the Government’s Assistance Plan, the Sant Joan d’Alacant Library was inaugurated in the new building called Centro Cultural Municipal (Municipal Cultural Centre), on Avenida Rambla de la Libertad, where it shared space with the Municipal Archive.

The Sant Joan d’Alacant Public Library is part of the Valencian Public Electronic Reading Network.

Services

The Sant Joan d’Alacant Municipal Library, dependent on its City Hall, is a free public service, with the exception of an inter-library loan service that may generate some cost for the user.

Consultation in Room: here you will find a quiet and bright place to be able to search, discover, navigate and read.

Information and Reference: with this service we take care of your information needs. This service attends general inquiries (library operation, fund organization, use of automated catalogue) and of specific character (bibliographical consultations, obtaining documents, practical information of varied character, legislative documentation, etc.).

Document Loan: With this service you can take home documents from the Library for a certain time, provided you have a reader’s card.

Electronic Book Loan through E-Biblio: eBiblio Comunitat Valenciana is a service of the Valencian Public Electronic Reading Network that makes possible reading electronic books on the Internet. E-Biblio makes available to the public a technological platform, which allows you to access the catalogue and borrow the main editorial novelties in digital format for reading in different devices: tablets, smart phones, personal computers or e-book readers.

Loan of e-readers: according to our objective of providing citizens with the possibility of accessing information and knowledge in all the supports that new technologies offer, the Sant Joan d’Alacant library has an E-reader service, which allows all people with an adult ID card from the Valencian Public Reading Network to borrow an e-book reader device.

Inter-library Loan: you can obtain from another library any type of document that is not available in our fund.
Collective Loan: the library offers to any public entity, association or civil society collective to benefit from a special loan of lots of documents for a maximum duration of 30 days that can be extended once.

Internet and Office services: you can browse the internet and use the office programs completely free of charge. To do this you have five computers on the first floor and one on the ground floor, and Wi-Fi connection in all rooms of the Library.
Users Training: the training allows us to teach our users tools to learn how to use the Library, its services and documentary search resources.

Cultural Activities and Reading Promotion: from the Library we try to organize activities aimed at publicizing it and promoting its use as a public centre for access to information and culture: school visits, “The Story Hour”, workshops….

Ask, libraries respond: the “Ask, Libraries Respond” system is an online public information service, managed and served cooperatively by provincial and municipal libraries of the different Autonomous Communities.

BibliotecaDid you know that…?

In 2015, 54.787 people visited the Library.
In the Library we have 6 computers for free public use.
The Library is also a laboratory.
In the Library we share experiences through the project “What do you know”?
Sometimes trained dogs visit us to read with us.
In the children’s area, children can put on costumes, paint and do handicrafts.
You can borrow an e-book reader.
As a curiosity, we offer a DIY workshop.