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Lakeland History Room

Lakeland History


The Lakeland History Room collection features a variety of materials—documents, photographs, maps, building plans, audio/visual media, and scrapbooks with specialty items like citrus crate labels, artwork, yearbooks, posters, and postcards. There are also 7000+ images viewable online via our Digital Collection on CONTENTdm.

 Link to browse the digital collection


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  • Using the History Room


    Mon - Thurs. - 9 am - 7 pm
    Fri - Sat: 9 am - 5 pm
    Sun: 1:30 pm - 5 pm

    **Access to the Lakeland History Room, outside of the current schedule, is coordinated by Librarian LuAnn Mims.**

    Lakeland History Room Librarian: LuAnn Mims
    Ph: 863.834.4269
    Email: luann.mims@lakelandgov.net

    Current Exhibit: 

    Ties that Bind, 1880-1925, Lakeland's Formative Years

  • Black History Month

    Empowered Women of Lakeland

    Early leaders in the Black community were not just men. Women, empowered to make a difference in and for their community, escalated many changes.

    In the time of racial segregation, these women worked to create better education, enhance civic mindedness, serve as role models, increase collaboration, stand-up as advocates, lead the charge in change, create beauty and lay foundations for the future.

    These are just ten women, there are many more!

  • Preserving Memories

    If you are looking for a project while at home, why not try to get your personal memorabilia better organized with the Personal Archiving at Home video series? These short videos give detailed instruction on how to take care of your treasured memorabilia – photographs, slides, negatives, papers, audio and video tapes and more. Topics include preservation, storage, digitization, standard formatting, organization tips and adding to your family archives. 

    Part I: Historic Preservation
    Part II: Organization & Maintenance
    Part III: Digitization

  • Legend, Legacy & Lore Series: Tales of Lakeland

    Click on the icons to find out more about Lakeland's history

    Blinky Button

    Blinky the Alligator

    Swans on Lake Mirror

    The Royal Swans


    Munn Park button

    Munn Park

    Road to Lakeland

    Road to Lakeland

    Virginia Avenue Library

    Virginia Avenue

     Southgate Shopping Center

    Southgate Shopping Center

     Park Trammell Library

    Park Trammell Library

    Tremont House

    Early Lakeland Hotels

    Morrell Memorial Hospital

    Morrell Memorial Hospital

    Lake Mirror Promenade




  • Origins of Lakeland Series

    Black and white aerial view of Lake Mirror

    Fort Meade native and Lakeland resident Dr. Canter Brown, Jr., is an award-winning historian of Polk County, Florida, and the South. View his eight-part "Origins of Lakeland" series through the links below.   

    Origins of Lakeland Series Pages:

    Part I

    Part II

    Part III

    Part IV

    Part V

    Part VI

    Part VII

    Part VIII

  • Lovely Lakes of Lakeland
  • Ruth Elder: American Girl

Popular at the Lakeland History Room

  • Ancestry.com logo

    Start your family history search here at the library! Ancestry.com offers free access to all library patrons. (In library only)


  • Link to Lakeland Public Library Flickr
    On Track

    Our story begins with you...what better way to tell the many stories of Lakeland and its history, than visually by showcasing highlights from our Digital Collection through Flickr.   

    Check out our featured album:

    On Track

    Enjoy this photographic journey through Lakeland's railroad history.


  • Vanished Lakeland logo
    History Pin - Vanished Lakeland

    The Lakeland History Room at the Lakeland Public Library has developed a wonderful collection of photographs, documents, books and artifacts that depict the history of Lakeland and surrounding areas.

    View the changes that have been made to Lakeland and many of its buildings using History Pin

    History Pin App Icon

    Use the slide bar to unveil what these past Lakeland pictures look like today.


  • I Lost My Hat...

    Solve challenging puzzles, unlock tough codes, and put your problem solving skills to the test with the Lakeland Public Library's online escape room!  Play the game and complete the mission all from the comfort of your own home.  Click here if you are ready to begin the challenge.