Historic Markers Across Florida



Melbourne Public Library



Marker ID:  
Location: 540 E. Fee Ave., Melbourne
County: Brevard
Coordinates: N 28° 4.92    W 080° 36.75
  28.082    -80.6125
Waymark: None
 



Text:

The library began in Mrs. Campbell´s store, called the Bazaar, on lower New Haven Avenue, in 1918.

It soon outgrew the store, moved to a building on the corner of New Haven and Vernon Place, then across the street to the display room of the Ford Motor Co.

In 1922, the books were moved to the office of Dr. I. K. Hicks, upstairs over the Ford Motor Co.

Outgrowing Hicks´ office, the books were stored in a feed store on Melbourne Court for a time.

The first library building came into existence in 1924 on the corner of Palmetto and Waverly (where the parking lot of the Sun First National Bank is now.) Cost of construction: $2,500. There were 3,000 books.

In 1954 the original portion of this building was completed and subsequent enlargements of the building have been made in 1959 and 1974.