The goal of Librarianship is to provide unbiased access of information to a population while allowing the use of a Library facility to act as a community environment for all patrons. The Bartow Public Library strives to meet these goals daily and greatly welcomes your feedback.
| Monday - Thursday: 9:00am to 8:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 9:00am to 5:00pm.
2150 S. Broadway Ave.
Bartow, FL 33830
Mission Statement (Polk County Library Cooperative)
Enabling the seamless provision of outstanding public library services countywide.
The Bartow Public Library was originally formed on May 19, 1897 as a reading room above the Polk County National Bank with a collection formerly housed by the Kindergarten Association. A Carnegie Grant was obtained, however and a library proper built which opened on February 8, 1915 in the downtown area serving the public until a new facility was obtained in 1998: one originally designed for the Historical Library. This building houses the current Library at 2150 S. Broadway Ave., and recently underwent Inventory and maintenance upgrades ensuring the continuous development of the building for improved patron usage.
Cooperative Member Libraries
•Auburndale Public Library
•Bartow Public Library
•Dundee Public Library
•Eagle Lake Public Library
•Fort Meade Public Library
•Latt Maxcy Memorial Library (Frostproof)
•Haines City Public Library
•Lake Alfred Public Library
•Lake Wales Public Library
•Lakeland Public Library System
•Lakeland Main (Downtown)
•Larry R. Jackson Branch(NorthLakeland) -Outpost 27
•eLibrary (South Lakeland) a joint project betwen City of Lakeland and Library Cooperative)
•Dr. C.C. Pearce Municipal Library
•Polk City Community Library
•Winter Haven Public Library, Kathryn L. Smith Memorial
•Justice Stephen H. Grimes Law Library (County operated non-circulating special collection)