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Front of Winter Haven Library with fountain and Richard's Coffee


Library History

The Winter Haven Public Library wasn’t always owned and operated by the City of Winter Haven.

The Library was founded in 1910, by a group of civic minded young men. Many people helped the library during its early days; Dr. Mary Jewett, the Inman Family, and the Woman’s Club to name a few. The Woman’s Civic League assumed sponsorship of the library in 1915, and in 1952, the City of Winter Haven took over management and daily library operations.

Many historical pictures and documents about the Library have been digitized and are available online.


WHPL Timeline

WHPL Slideshow

Mission Statement

The Winter Haven Public Library provides a place to improve the quality of life for our city’s diverse communities by offering accessible information, ideas, books and technology that enhance and contribute to individual knowledge, enlightenment and enjoyment.

Advisory Board

The Winter Haven Public Library has a Library Advisory Board consisting of five members from the local community.

Meetings take place on the second Tuesday in January, March, May, July, September and November at 5 p.m. in the Historical Conference Room at the library.

2023 Meeting Schedule

January 10
March 14
May 9
July 11
September 12
November 14
Public Library
325 Avenue A NWWinter Haven, Florida 33881
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Hours of Operation
Note: Public access computers shut down 15 minutes before closing.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
9:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday
9:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m.