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Please check our library calendars for upcoming events. Many Friends of the Library organizations provide a newsletter of events for members. Click here to visit our Friends groups.

Books check out for two weeks. DVDs check out for one week. Learn more!

Bad dog! You are responsible for returning library books and materials in good condition. Learn more!

Yes! Return your library books to any Monroe County (Florida) library. We’ll get them back to their home library.

Yes, each Monroe County Public Library provides a meeting room for library events, such as author lectures or children’s storytimes. Learn more!

For non-county residents unable to visit the archives, basic look-up and copying services (such as obituaries and city directory listings) are provided at a cost of $5.00 for each search. Shipping costs are the responsibility of the customer. Many customers send us a check along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope or a FedEx/UPS mailer. The mailing address is:

Monroe County Public Library
Florida History Department
700 Fleming Street
Key West, FL 33040
ph: 305-809-5260

Since most of the items in the archives are fragile or rare, we don’t loan these materials out for the purpose of outside copying.

Our Florida History Department is located in the Key West Library and maintains the same hours. Click here for hours and location. Our historian, Tom Hambright may be reached at 305-809-5260 or email hambright-tom at monroecounty-fl.gov

Downloads of low-resolution, archival images or audio files from the library’s websites are available free of charge. High-resolution reproductions (generally, uncompressed, full-size master files) can be provided on removable storage media (such as compact disc) at a cost of $10.00 per image. Non-profit and research organizations may be granted a waiver of this fee, at the discretion of Library staff.

Our Florida History Department is located in the Key West Library and maintains the same hours. Click here for hours and location. Our historian, Tom Hambright, does take an occasional vacation, so please call before planning a trip. Tom may be reached at 305-809-5260 or email hambright-tom@monroecounty-fl.gov

We provide access to most of the original items in our Florida History archival collections. Library staff, however, reserves the right to restrict handling or copying of materials which may jeopardize the records’ continued preservation.

Customers may duplicate archival materials using their own digital capture or photographic equipment. Some archival material may also be available in digital format. Downloads of low-resolution, archival images or audio files from the library’s websites are available free of charge. High-resolution reproductions (generally, uncompressed, full-size master files) can be provided on removable storage media (such as compact disc) at a cost of $10.00 per image. Non-profit and research organizations may be granted a waiver of this fee, at the discretion of Library staff.

Customers may duplicate archival materials using their own digital capture or photographic equipment. Some archival material may also be available in digital format. Downloads of low-resolution, archival images or audio files from the library’s websites are available free of charge. (Here’s a link to our main gallery of heritage photographs and documents: http://bit.ly/keyspix) High-resolution reproductions (generally, uncompressed, full-size master files) can be provided on removable storage media or delivered to an FTP or Dropbox account at a cost of $10.00 per image. Non-profit and research organizations may be granted a waiver of this fee, at the discretion of Library staff.

Monroe County does not hold copyright over the original images in the archival collections. Responsibility for identifying and satisfying any copyright claims to the original images must be assumed by those wishing to reproduce the images.