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.


Thursday, April 27, 4:00 – 7:00 PM, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library Board Meeting – Port Tampa City Library, 4902 W. Commerce Street.  Open to the public. Beginning of the meeting (4:00 PM) will be open to public comment.  T-HCPL Board advises the Library staff and the Board of County Commissioners regarding planning for new and existing libraries, programs, budget, etc.  For more information: http://www.hcplc.org/hcplc/thpl/board/ , email LibraryBoard@hillsboroughcounty.org, phone 813.273.3660 Andrew Breidenbaugh, Director of Library Services, and Aracelis Chapman, Library Board Coordinator.

Saturday, April 29 –  Raising Financially Independent Children and Grandchildren – Learn what conversations to have with children about money and when. Join Lori Nadglowski, a Certified Financial Planner™ professional with Laurel Wealth Management as she discusses age-appropriate milestones related to saving money and planning for the future with children of all ages. Following a brief presentation, she will be happy to answer questions about building your family’s financial legacy.  James G.Yeats Meeting Room, 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM.

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

Saturday, April 22 – Book Sale:  THANK YOU to all the shoppers, our Friends of the Library volunteers, librarians and bookstore manager for making our Spring Fling Bookstore Sale a HUGE success! Great seeing repeat customers, first-timers to visit the Port Tampa City Library, and former residents making a return visit.

In case you missed it, 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/

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.

For more information on Library programs, log  onto http://hcplc.evanced.info/signup/eventcalendar.aspx?&lib=23

One Response 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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