4902 West Commerce Street
Tampa, Florida 33616-2704 813.204.2670 http://www.hcplc.org/
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 Change, in the reference section of the Port Tampa City Library.
Love Your Library – become a Friend! To become a FOL (Friend 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.
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 sponsors programs for children and adults in the James G. Yeats Meeting Room through book store sales. Special events for children usually include video games, movies, and storytelling. 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.
Port Tampa City Library upcoming programs include:
Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5:00PM – Children’s Story Time
Fourth Saturday, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Port Tampa City Library Quilters
For more information on Library programs, log onto http://hcplc.evanced.info/signup/eventcalendar.aspx?&lib=23
Books & More Sale – Great Bargains! Fiction, kids’ books, large print books, romance & paranormal romance, paperbacks, children’s picture books & more! Proceeds fund children, adult and community programs. Second floor Book Store, Port Tampa City Library, 4902 W. Commerce St., 813.204.2670, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Wednesdays noon – 8:00 PM, closed Sundays, Mondays and national holidays.