Our New Punta Gorda Charlotte Library

Some background of the Punta Gorda Charlotte Library and Historical Archives

The City of Punta Gorda gave Charlotte County 6.2 acres of land for what was proposed to be called the South County Community Library and Archives. This site is located at 401 Shreve Street and adjacent to the History Park. This new library replaces the previous 9,145 square foot Punta Gorda Library, which was the smallest in the county as well as the second busiest.

The estimated $6.9 million project cost was being paid from the Charlotte County Sales Tax Extension 2015 Fund. The Charlotte County Commission approved Harvard Jolly, Inc. of Sarasota to design and build the new library. Harvard Jolly have built 55 other Florida libraries, specializing in Old Florida design. They are members of the American Library Association and the Florida Library Association.

Press Releases

The New Library is Open!

The new Punta Gorda Charlotte Library opened to the public on August 26, 2019This new library is the result of years of work by the Friends of the Punta Gorda Library, now calling themselves the Friends of the Punta Gorda Charlotte Library.The new library is:Located...

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Renderings of the new Punta Gorda Charlotte Library

Enjoy these renderings of the new Punta Gorda Charlotte Library. The 20,100 square foot library will include meeting rooms, Friends of the Library area, youth and program space, computer area with instructional classes, and space for archive functions.

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Successful groundbreaking for the new library!

Thank you to everyone who came to the ground breaking ceremony for the new Punta Gorda Charlotte Library on May 15th. We had a very successful groundbreaking for the new library! Pictures courtesy of Stephen Lineberry Click the image to enlarge...

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New Library Groundbreaking Ceremony, May 15th

Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners cordially invites you to the Punta Gorda Charlotte Library Groundbreaking Ceremony 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 15, 2018 401 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda Download the invitation here

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Punta Gorda Charlotte Library Fact Sheet

Design Consultant: Harvard Jolly Architecture Design cost: $700,000 Started: Oct. 22, 2015 Completion: Feb. 20, 2018 Construction Construction Manager: Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc. Construction Budget: $3,833,582 Started: April 9, 2018 Estimated completion:...

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Sept 2017 – Update on the New Library

Last spring, many of us were concerned that funding issues were driving the design process so that the new library would look like a box store. Punta Gorda is known for its historic areas so we wanted a design that was not only functional but attractive. This summer,...

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2017-July: New Library Update

New Library NewsThe Charlotte County Board of Commissioners, the Punta Gorda City Council and the Friends of the Punta Gorda Charlotte Library have come together to provide the additional funding for the new library to have a functional exterior that compliments the...

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New Punta Gorda Charlotte Library: Public Meetings Held

Early 2016: Public Meetings were held in January and March, 2016. The first meeting was to ask for public input and the second meeting was to share the concept drawings of the interior and exterior of the building. More citizen input was given. The Charlotte County...

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