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Orlando Public Library (building)

Everything about the Orlando Public Library in downtown Orlando.  Check out the progress through the years  and the various building stages.

Albertson Public Library

ABOVE: Painting by James Stoll shows the area surrounding the Albertson Public Library in 1945. West of the library are the Salvation Army Citadel and Chamber of Commerce Building, further west on the other side of Main Street (now Magnolia) is the old Court House with the new court house behind it. On Wall Street is Orlando Utilities, the Young Women’s Community Club and annex and the First Church of Christ Scientist. Just north of the church on Rosalind you can see Memorial Junior High School. Read more about the painting.

1966 Orlando Public Library

ABOVE: Architect’s rendering of the 1966 building. The library entrance on Rosalind Avenue showing the ramp to the front doors of the library. The old check in area can be found in the Children’s Library next to the computers. The old checkout desk is now the restrooms.


ABOVE: Post card 1966 Orlando Public Library showing the ramp on Rosalind Avenue to the entrance.

 

 

Open House for the new Orlando Public Library – May 1985


ABOVE: Flyer handed out at the grand opening of the newly expanded Library building on May 29, 1985.

 

1985 Orlando Public Library Expansion


ABOVE: Photo postcard showing the exterior of the Main Library, viewed from Rosalind and Central.

 

VIEW  1986 Grand Opening Event

EXPLORE MORE photos and memories of  the History of the Orange County Library System.

Peruse the images below under Attachments.

Topics of attached images: Genealogy Department, Social Science Department, Young Adult Department, Lizzart sculpture, Children’s Library. Mary Anne Hodel, Charlie Hoeck.

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Albertson Library Interior 004

Interior photograph from the Albertson Public Library.

Albertson Library Interior 005

Interior photograph from the Albertson Public Library.

Albertson Library Interior 006

Interior photograph of the Albertson Public Library.

Albertson Library Interior 008

Interior photograph from the Albertson Public Library.

Albertson Library Stacks

Stacks in the Albertson Library, circa 1950?

Orlando Public Library Pencil Sketch

Pencil sketch of the 1966 Orlando Public Library entrance on Rosalind Street.

Main Library Exterior

A view of the 1966 Main Library from Rosalind Street.

Library Expansion Open House - May 29, 1985

Flyer handed out at the grand opening of the newly expanded Library building on May 29, 1985.

Orlando Public Library Exterior Postcard

Photo postcard showing the exterior of the Main Library, viewed from Rosalind and Central.

Genealogy Department Opening

Opening of the Genealogy department in the Main library.

Genealogy Department Opening

Opening of the Genealogy collection on the 4th floor of the Main library. The Genealogy collection was relocated to the West Oaks...

Social Science Department

Social Science Department of the Main Library

Orlando Public Library Stairs

Main Stairwell, as viewed from the lobby, approximately 1985.

Young Adult Department

Looking down into the Young Adult Department from the second floor of the  1966 Main Library building.

Orlando Public Library Postcard

Postcard with four photos showing exterior of library from Central and Rosalind; drive up window; lobby; and books by mail processing area.

Library Expansion Press Release 1986

February 1986 press release from Library Director Glenn Miller announcing the Grand Opening celebration for the Main Library, to be held on...

Library Social Science Department

Social Sciences Department on the 2nd floor of the Main library, around 1985 or 1986.

Lizzart Unveiling 1

Unveiling of the Lizzart sculpture in the children's area of the Main library with Library Director/CEO Mary Anne Hodel and Storyteller Charlie...

Lizzart Unveiling 2

Library Director/CEO Mary Anne Hodel at the unveiling of the Lizzart sculpture in the Main Library children's department

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Orlando Public Library Expansion 1986 Booklet
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