South Florida’s 1st Public Library

Pirates, spongers, authors, and artists; their legacies remain to linger as their stories continue to be found in the Key West Library. The headquarters branch for the Keys, this library has an extensive and fascinating Florida History & Genealogy collection, along with a large reference section that hosts provocative lecture series. You can relax in their unique outside palm garden with tropical foliage from around the world or sit on the brick wall around the library with a picnic lunch as I did. Either stop in for a browse of their historic written artifacts or just hang out enjoying the view & shade of its beautiful surroundings.

It all began on April 8th, 1892 as the brainchild of concerned citizens that formed the Key West Library Association and the rest as they say is history. A complete story of its origin can be found outside the front door upon the historic marker plaque pictured below.

You can find South Florida’s 1st Public Library here in Key West, Florida at 700 Fleming Street several blocks north of Duval Street in the section of town known as ‘Old Town’. It is of course FREE.

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