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South Florida's First Public Library

Marker ID: FLHM 
Location: 700 Fleming Street - Monroe County Public Library
County: Monroe
Coordinates: N 24° 33.464    W 081° 47.999
  24.55773333    -81.79998333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMM26Z


On April 8, 1892, a group of citizens organized the Key West Library Association. The first public library was open in the old Masonic Temple September 15, 1892. After 1896, the operation was assumed by other civic groups, including the Key West Woman´s Club, which for 44 years provided library service. Through the group´s efforts, funds were raised to build the Monroe County Public Library which opened in November, 1959.

Sponsors: Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials In Cooperation With Monroe County Public Library and The Florida Historical Society


City: Key West, FL