Lakeland residents are fortunate to have several Library options. Lakeland residents may use the Memphis Library System (nearby options include the Bartlett branch, the Cordova branch and the Central Library) as well as the Libraries in Germantown, Collierville, Arlington and Millington.
There is no charge for a card for Lakeland residents since Shelby County still pays a portion of the Library system in each City. Shelby County also donated the Library building and facilities to each City.
If you haven't been to the Arlington Library, the City of Arlington has done an excellent job of modernizing the Arlington Library. I got a card and checked out several books in a matter of minutes. The new Cordova branch of the Memphis Library is also excellent and relatively close to Lakeland. Of course, the Bartlett branch is also convenient and continues to carry an excellent selection of material.
Perhaps best of all, "new" books may be checked out for 14 days at the Arlington Library, rather than the too short 7 days at the Memphis Library!
Remember if you use the any of the Memphis Library branches, don't pay the $50 fee, since Lakeland residents are not charged the $50 fee. Some Memphis Library personnel see the 38002 ZIP code and think you live in Arlington, but just advise them you live in Lakeland and, if nothing else, they will look up your address on the Lakeland map.