Library History

  • 951895
    The Reading Room was the City’s first Library. Residents were encouraged to visit the Reading Room instead of wasting their time drinking on Banyan Street.
  • 121912
    Free Reading Room as viewed from City Park, 1912. Once part of the Palm Beach Yacht Club, this building was brought to West Palm Beach via a barge and established as the town’s first Library.
  • 231923
    Artistic Spanish style Memorial Library alongside Woman’s Club. Cost totals $30,000 and contains Reading, Reference Rooms and Museum.
  • 23i1924
    Memorial Library dedicated to the men and women who served in World War I.
  • 391939
    Memorial Library exterior 1939.
  • 551955
    Memorial Library interior 1955.
  • 621962
    New City Library designed by architect Norman Robson, opens with much flourish and controversy over the modern exterior.
  • 801980’s
    The Library exterior as seen in the 1980’s.
  • 991999
    The Library receives a new interior, designed by Peter Robinson. Reading areas now have an inviting home feel.
  • City-Center2009
    The Library moves to its new location at City Center.
  • City-Center-Library2012
    Mandel Foundation awards $5 million grant to transform West Palm Beach Public Library into world-class institution and encourage support for public libraries. The West Palm Beach Public Library is renamed the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach.