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State Library of Florida
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]



R A Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250 USA

Telephone:[1]  850-245-6600
Fax:[2]  850-245-6651

Hours and holidays:[2]  Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed weekends and state holidays.

Map, directions, parking, and public transportation:

  • Map:  Google map: State Library and Archives of Florida.
  • Directions:[3]
    • from the north on US-319 (Thomasville, GA)  Turn onto US-319/GA-35 south toward Tallahassee. At the border it becomes US-319/FL-61/Thomasville Rd. In Tallahassee turn slight left onto N Monroe St/US-27 S/FL-63. Continue to follow N Monroe St/US-27 S, 0.7 mi. Turn right onto E Jefferson St/FL-366. Continue to follow FL-366, 0.2 mi. Turn left onto S Bronough St, 0.06 mi. The State Library at 500 S BRONOUGH ST is on the right.
    • from the east on I-10 (Lake City, FL)  Merge onto I-10 W/FL-8 W toward Tallahassee. Merge onto US-90 W/FL-10 via EXIT 209A toward Tallahassee, 8.5 mi. Turn left onto N Bronough St, 0.5 mi. The State Library at 500 S BRONOUGH ST is on the right.
    • from the south on US-319 (Crawfordville, FL)  Go north on Crawfordville Hwy/US-319 N/FL-369 toward Tallahassee. Continue to follow FL-369. FL-369 becomes FL-61, 2.2 mi. Stay straight to go onto S Adams St/FL-363, 1.6 mi. Keep left at the fork to go on FL-363, 0.5 mi. FL-363 becomes S Duval St, 0.2 mi. Turn left onto W Pensacola St/FL-366, 0.08 mi. Take the 1st left onto S Bronough St, 0.06 mi. The State Library at 500 S BRONOUGH ST is on the right.
    • from the west on I-10 (Marianna, FL)  Merge onto I-10 E/FL-8 E toward Tallahassee. Take the US-27 S/Monroe St exit, EXIT 199, toward State Capitol/Fairgrounds/Civic Center, 0.6 mi. Turn right onto US-27 S/FL-63/N Monroe St. Continue to follow US-27 S/N Monroe St, 3.6 mi. Turn right onto E Jefferson St/FL-366. Continue to follow FL-366, 0.2 mi. Turn left onto S Bronough St, 0.06 mi. The State Library at 500 S BRONOUGH ST is on the right.
  • Parking: ● Park in Lot E, adjacent to the building. Ask for a parking token at the circulation desk.[2]
                   ● Also, park in any metered space on Martin Luther King Blvd at the rear of the building.
  • Public transportation:  Tallahassee StarMetro bus routes D (Dogwood) and F (Forest Route) run on streets next to the Library. The bus route hub C.K. Steele Plaza is 6 blocks (0.5 mi.) from the Library.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

The State Library of Florida shares the history of the state through published records of Florida, and state government publications, including 700,000 books, magazines, and newspapers, 2000 Florida maps, photos, and over 200,000 government documents.[4]

Their 60,000 item Floridiana collection is one of the most comprehensive including books, periodicals, manuscripts, pamphlets, maps, newspapers, clippings, broadsides, memorabilia and photos about history, government, wildlife, business, agriculture, the arts, fiction, and education.[5]

The Library is in the same building as the State Archives of Florida.

Tips[edit | edit source]

Parking: Ask for a parking token at the library circulation desk to keep from paying the $5 fee when exiting the next door parking garage.

Guides[edit | edit source]

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the State Library of Florida, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives Southeast Region (Atlanta), Atlanta, GA, records of federal agencies and courts for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee, censuses, ships lists, naturalizations, Indian records, and military records.[6]
  • Dallas Public Central Library, Dallas, TX, outstanding genealogical collection with records for more than Texas, including Florida, Oklahoma, the South, Mid-Atlantic, and New England states.[7]

Similar Collections

  • State Archives of Florida, Tallahassee, a great Florida genealogy collection including state and county documents. This is the place to start research on Florida residents.[8] In the same building as the State Library.

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Contact the Library and Archives in Florida Department of State (accessed 7 May 2015).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Plan Your Visit in Florida Department of State (accessed 1 May 2015).
  3. Based on MapQuest.
  4. About the State Library of Florida in Florida Department of State (accessed 4 May 2015).
  5. Florida Collection in Florida Department of State (accessed 7 May 2015).
  6. Checklist of Records Available for Research into Family History at NARA's Southeast Region in National Archives (accessed 13 February 2014).
  7. Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 Dollarhide and Bremer, 31.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Handy Book for Genealogists: United States of America, 9th ed. (Logan, UT: Everton Publ., 1999), 75. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 1999.
  10. The Alma C. Field Library of Florida History in Florida's Space Coast (accessed 5 May 2015).
  11. Ask a Genealogy Expert in West Florida Public Library System (accessed 29 April 2015).
  12. Dollarhide and Bremer, 11.
  13. Dollarhide and Bremer, 33.