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Sarasota Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 2 years ago

The 20th century is calling

Selby Library is home to two pay phones.
by: Whitney Elfstrom Staff Writer

No, it’s not a Selby Library diorama meant to depict “the olden days.”

Rather, the library’s two pay phones are still-useful icons of another era.

Assistant Manager Alicia Diaz said that they get daily use by a large segment of library guests. Free calls are available to numbers that will help with finding a job, getting a credit card, checking the weather and contacting banks.

Other calls will cost a caller 50 cents.

So next time you’re in a pickle when your phone loses its juice, you know where to head.


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I’m the Sarasota community reporter, which means I cover the people, places and things of Sarasota. I graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a degree in journalism and digital communication and a minor in English. 

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