What is the History Center? And can a book located there be checked out?
The mission of the Sarasota County History Center is to promote an understanding of Sarasota County’s heritage and protect its historic resources.
The History Center collects information and artifacts related to the history of the county from pre-historic times to the present. These collections are stored in the center's archives at 6062 Porter Way in Sarasota, where they are made available for public research. Also at this site is the MacKinlay Kantor Room exhibit, which contains books and objects from the library of this long time Sarasota resident and Pulitzer Prize-winning author (1904 - 1977).
The History Center Library is a comprehensive research center. It has a non-circulating collection emphasizing the history and culture of the county with volumes on archaeology, architectural history, archives management, and historic preservation. Publications written by local authors are held in the collection.
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Research Library Hours
Monday - Thursday
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.