Winter Park Public Library

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The Winter Park Public Library as it is now known first started out as the Winter Park Circulating Library Association. It was first started by nine ladies: Mrs. Elizabeth Hooker, Miss Evaline Lamson, Mrs. W.O. Cady, Miss Mary McClure, Miss Alice Guild, Mrs. C.J. Ladd, Mrs. Clark, Mrs. Cook, and Miss Mary Brown, on December 9, 1885. The first Library was in the home and front porch of Ms. Evaline Lamson. The Library however did not have a very large inventory, but did have books that were already circulated between its founding members. To become a member of the Library, patrons could pay one dollar per year. Members could check out one book on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The checkout time was for two weeks with a one-week renewal. The fine for overdue or non-renewals was ten cents. People who wanted to check out books but were not members could do so by paying a one dollar deposit plus ten cents for each week. The Library was in operation from January to May of each year. A year after its founding the Library left the home and front porch of Ms. Evaline Lamson and moved into a room in the Winter Park Company Building.[1]

In 1900 a discussion was raised about getting a permanent building for the Library. The Library association’s president Eleanora Comstock called a meeting to make plans and to start fundraising efforts. The building was donated from the Knowles Estate. A kitchen wing was donated in 1915, as were two other wings and a restroom 1924 which doubled the size of the Library. During and after the war years the Library circulation was 33,214.

While the old Library was still in use a new building was constructed to house the growing collection. The new library opened in 1979. [2]

The Winter Park Public Library is located on 460 E. New England Ave.-- Winter Park, Florida 32789 [3]

The current hours as of April 26 2013 are

Monday - Thursday:

9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday - Saturday:

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


1 p.m. to 5 p.m

There are many different programs including Paws to Read, Summer Reading Programs, and Storytelling times.

Programs for Adults include Career Workshops, Language Classes, as well as Writing Workshops.

Items can be checked out for one week for new items, DVDs, computer software, Oprah book picks, New books on the New York Times Best Seller list, and Videogames. Other items are checked out for two weeks. Items can be renewed up to four times.

Items are 25 cents per day for Adult and Young Adult items. 10 cents for Children's Materials. $2.00 for DVDs, Videos, Videogames, and Computer Software.

There is also a $1.00 charge for reserved items that are not picked up within three days.


  1. ^ "The History of the Winter Park Public Library: The Beginning". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  2. ^ "The History of the Winter Park Public Library: The Early Years". Retrieved 2013-10-13. 
  3. ^ "WPPL Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved 2013-10-13.