Port Tampa City Library

4902 West Commerce Street
Tampa, Florida 33616-2704   813.273.3652  http://www.hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/ptm/

A westbound route on tree-lined Interbay Boulevard and then southbound on West Shore Boulevard will lead you to the imposing marble building in the curve of Commerce Street – home of the Port Tampa City Library.  It is a local treasure housing a wealth of information and services for all of Port Tampa City and neighboring communities, city of Tampa, and Hillsborough County.

Built in 1926 as the First Bank of Port Tampa City, it was robbed, closed, renamed the Commerce Bank Building, repurposed numerous times and served, among many things, as a medical facility, flight school, and grocery store until a fire damaged its interior.  The doors were locked; it was sold and resold several times but sat empty for more than 40 years.

When a condemnation sticker was attached to the front door, the Port Tampa City Woman’s Club (PTCWC) and the newly formed Civic Association of Port Tampa City (CAPT) pledged to save the building and dedicate it as the new site of the Port Tampa City Branch Library.  It took only three years of lobbying the Library Board of Directors and state and local governmental agencies, plus staging CAPT and PTCWC fundraisers, and two years of restoration and renovation to make the pledge a reality.  June 14, 1998, Flag Day and the centennial of troops departing from Port Tampa to Cuba for the Spanish-American War, the old bank building became the new home of the Port Tampa City Library.

Walk through the bronze front doors and you will discover a blend of historic architecture and modern amenities, more than 16,000 printed volumes along with an eBook library, and formal elements that are conducive to leisure reading.

You can comfortably read the daily newspaper, browse current magazines, research reference volumes, log onto the Internet, get online help with your homework, play games on the web, browse the virtual Burgert Brothers photographic collection, explore online tutorials, and learn to use a computer. Employment and career assistance is available on the library website and in books.

Additionally, our Library stocks free copies of information that may include hurricane guides, pet spaying and neutering, clean water, literacy programs, voter registration, tax forms, and library programs. Another free service is the ability to fax to 813 and toll-free area codes.

With your library card, you can check out books, DVD’s, CD’s, audiobooks, and previous editions of magazines. If the item you want to check out is not available, you can reserve it and have it shipped to our Port Tampa City branch from another county library.

Patrons also include infants and toddlers enjoying the large collection of hard books in the Ellen H. Green* Reading Room and participating in the monthly Story Time program. Daycare centers use our Library to introduce youngsters to illustrated reading and listening. The Library periodically hosts educational and entertainment programs in conjunction with West Shore Elementary School and the city of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department.

Librarians can assist you with computer software and searches by subject, title or author. The staff will check availability of the second floor rooms that are reserved for meetings, training, and classes by community groups such as CAPT-Civic Association of Port Tampa City and the Port Tampa City Woman’s Club, and governmental organizations.

Port Tampa City Library hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Wednesdays noon – 8:00 PM, closed Sundays, Mondays and national holidays.   Check it out!  http://www.hcplc.org/hcpls/locations/ptm/ and on Facebook as Port Tampa City Library.

More information on the history of Port Tampa City and our Library is included in the book Port Tampa City – A History of Changein the reference section of the Port Tampa City Library.

*Link to the library system oral history program Hillsborough Remembers Ellen Green:  http://digitalcollections.hcplc.org/cdm/search/collection/p15391qs/searchterm/ellen%20green/field/subjec/mode/all/conn/and/order/nosort

Closing July 1 – 5, 2017 

The Port Tampa City Library will be closed Saturday, July 1 through Wednesday, July 5 for air conditioning upgrades.  Meeting rooms will be unavailable Saturday, July 1 through Friday, July 7.  We apologize for any inconvenience. Library materials may be returned to any Hillsborough County library.  Please visit hcplc.org or the following nearby libraries:

Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library

Charles J. Fendig Public Library

Port Tampa City Library upcoming programs include:

Wednesdays,  4:30 – 5:00 PM – Storytime – Stories, action rhymes, songs and interactive activities make up this engaging 30-minute program that highlights early literacy skills, and encourages reading readiness and social interaction.  Dates: June 7, 14, 21, 28 and July 5, 12, 19, 26.

Fourth Saturday, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Port Tampa City Library Quilters & Crafters – Port Tampa City Library Quilters & Crafters will be meeting every fourth Saturday of the month. Come for a fun and informal meet-up with other crafty people. Bring pieces to work on, share tips and tricks, and enjoy the company of other crafters. All skill levels welcome.  Dates: May 27, June 24, July 22, Aug. 26, Sept. 23, Oct. 28, Nov. 25, Dec. 23.

Mon. June 19  10:30 – 11:30 AM – Fritzy Brothers “One Man” Circus – Get ready to laugh hysterically and be entertained through juggling, unicycling and other fantastic circus activities.  For grades K-5.  Event location:  Port Tampa Recreation/Community Center, 4702 W McCoy St, Tampa, FL  33616.  Funded by FOL.

Wed. June 21  6:30 – 7:30 PM – Get Started with Meal Planning – Learn how to save time and money by planning your family’s meals in advance! Discover where to get quality ingredients for less, where to find practical recipes, and examples of meal plans. Each participant will receive a recipe for a delicious meal. Funded by FOL.

Thurs. June 22  3:30 – 4:20 PM – Summer Time Fun – Dancing! Music! Stories! Games! Join us at the library for some summer time fun! For ages 4 through 9.

Thurs. June 29  3:30 – 5:30 PM – Summer Movie @ The Library: Zootopia – In a world populated by animals where predators and prey species peacefully coexist, a rabbit from rural Bunnyburrow, Judy Hopps, fulfills her childhood dream of becoming a police officer in urban Zootopia. It is there she uncovers a terrible scheme that could tear the city apart. Funded by FOL

Fri. June 30  10:30 – 11:30 AM – Kids Self-Defense – This class offers practical self-defense techniques for children, taught by a veteran police officer and black-belt.  For grades K-5.  Funded by FOL.

Sat. July 1 – Wed. July 5 Port Tampa City Library closed for air conditioning upgrades.

Wed. July 5  10:30 – 11:05 AM – The Prince and the Pea – This new adaptation is full of comedic hijinks as two actors frantically portray over a dozen roles! For ages 5 and up.  Show performed at the Port Tampa Recreation/Community Center  4702 W McCoy St, Tampa, FL 33616.  Presented by Creative Arts Theatre Company, the City of Tampa’s professional theatre for young audiences.

Tues. July 11 10:00 – 11:00 AM – Read on the Go with myON®  The myON® Street Team hosts interactive activities that encourage collaboration and reading. Presented by myON®, a digital library for children grades K-5.   Limit of 25.

Wed. July 12  6:00 – 7:30 PM – Virtual Reality for your Smartphone – Learn more about the latest technology trends in virtual reality and how you can experience VR with your smartphone. Google Cardboard virtual reality headsets will be provided. Smartphones are required. Limited to 12 participants. Registration begins June 12th  http://hcplc.evanced.info/signup/EventDetails?EventId=142135&lib=23&backTo=Calendar&startDate=2017/07/01

Sat. July 15  10:00 – Noon – DIY Papercrafts Wreaths & Ornaments – Learn how to recycle and re-purpose old books to make a festive Star Wreath and Dahlia Ornament. They are customizable and perfect to use year-round. All supplies will be provided. Limited to 12 participants. Registration begins June 15th.

Sat. July 15  3:30 – 4:30 PM – Books and Bingo – Enjoy a fun game of Bingo where the prizes are free books! Funded by the FOL.

Mon. July 17 10:30 – 11:30 AM – Community Drum Circle – Participants will drum, dance, laugh and learn about drums, gratitude, teamwork and community. Presented by Giving Tree Music.  For grades K-5.  Event location:  Port Tampa Community Center, 4702 W McCoy St, Tampa, FL  33616.  Funded by FOL.

Thurs. July 20  3:30 – 4:20 PM – Summer Time Fun – Dancing! Music! Stories! Games! Join us at the library for some summer time fun! For ages 4 through 9.

Thurs. July 27  3:30 – 5:30 – Summer Time Movie @ the Library – Mary Poppins is the story of an eccentric nanny and her effect on a London family.  Funded by the Friends of the Port Tampa City Library.

Link for more information on Port Tampa Library programs:  http://www.hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/ptm/  For more information on Tampa-Hillsborough Library programs, log  onto:  http://hcplc.evanced.info/signup/eventcalendar.aspx?&lib=23

Friends of the PTC Library  operates a book store with on-going sales of used books and other library media, has assembled a photographic and artifact display on Port Tampa’s history, and through book store sales sponsors programs for children and adults in the James G. Yeats Meeting Room and the Port Tampa City Recreation Center.   Fundraising includes sales of Port Tampa City Library tote bags as well as “Treasures”, a 108-page pictorial perpetual calendar, and notecards – both feature historic Burgert Brothers photographs.

In case you missed it:

On Saturday, May 13th,  Barnes & Noble, in a partnership with the T-HCPL, sponsored a Bookfair. Percentage of sales will be donated to the Friends of the Port Tampa City Library (FOL) for adult & children’s programs (see listing above of summer programs).

The Friends of the Library (FOL*) organizations of the three South Tampa libraries  teamed up to offer a giant multi-branch book sale on April 22, 2017.  Sale included children’s books, picture books, fiction, romance, mystery, classics, hardcovers, paperbacks, magazines, DVDs, CDs, book totes and more.  All proceeds benefit adult and youth programs at each library.  If you missed it, all three of these libraries have a Bookstore that is open for sales during regular hours:

 *Love Your Library – become a Friend!   FOL is a group of volunteers committed to offering a variety of services by our neighborhood library.  To become a FOL  (Friends of the Library)  drop a note with your contact information in the FOL lock box.   Becoming a member of the Friends of the PTC Library does not require a membership fee – membership is FREE! Donating your time and ideas are the most valuable contributions.  Learn more about the FOL: https://foltampa.org/



2 Responses to Port Tampa City Library

  1. myaka says:

    The Hillsborough Library System has a program called Hillsborough Remembers. Featured in the program is Ellen Green Remembered. Ellen Green was a Port Tampa resident and civic activist all her life. She is remembered in our library with the Ellen Green Reading Room for children on the forst floor.
    In this link you can read Ellen’s biography and interveiws with the people who knew her best, such as Tom Cannon, Fred Hearns, Norma Trust, Wanda Howard, Mayor Pam Iorio and several others.
    Check it out and get inspired by one of Port Tampa’s beloved community leaders;
    Ellen Green. here is the link http://www.thpl.org/thpl/history/memories/green/

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