Joel M. Starkey Library


The Compass library is searchable online. Access its contents with the library name COMPASSGLCC by clicking the link here.

Library History

In its early days, Compass GLCC established the Joel M. Starkey Library in recognition of one of the pioneer gay activists in South Florida.  Joel Starkey (2/1/46 – 1/4/92) was the founder of The Southern Gay Archives (which later merged with the Stonewall Library in Fort Lauderdale) and published The Southern Gay Liberator during the 1970s.  He was a strong advocate for civil rights and equality for gays and lesbians. With the help of a generous donation by Joel Starkey from his personal book collection, Compass was able to greatly expand its early library holdings in the early 1990s and make them available to the broader LGBT community.

The library has relied heavily on book donations to maintain and augment its collection throughout the years and remained a basic browsing collection up until 2015.  After extensive weeding the collection was cataloged and put online for quick and easy searching from the Compass website.

The Joel M. Starkey Library is primarily a popular LGBTQ print collection focusing on LGBTQ authors, themes, subjects, self-published and biographical works.  The 1,500 volume collection, which continues to grow through donations of new LGBTQ material, contains a variety of fiction, non-fiction, biographies and children’s titles, many of which are not available in other local municipal, county or academic libraries.