Mission Statement

The Winter Haven Public Library provides a place to improve the quality of life for our city’s diverse communities by offering accessible information, ideas, books, and technology that enhance and contribute to individual knowledge, enlightenment, and enjoyment.

To get your Winter Haven Library card, good at all public libraries in Polk County, provide your Florida State driver’s license or ID card showing your current street address. If you don’t have that, bring in a photo ID and documentation with your name and current street address – utility bill, rental/lease agreement, or any government-issued mail will be accepted.

If you’d like, you may start the application online. Applying online will give you a temporary card number and allow you to place holds, but you will still need to visit the library with a proper ID to receive your card or use Library services and resources. We are unable to register children ages 17 and under for a library card online.

If the item was published within the last 12 months, we may be able to purchase it for the Library's collection.

Please see our Item Request Form to request an item.

Library Advisory Board

The Winter Haven Public Library has a Library Advisory Board consisting of five members from the local community.

Meetings take place on the second Tuesday in January, March, May, July, September and November at 5 p.m. in the Historical Conference Room at the library.

2024 Meeting Schedule

  • January 9
  • March 12
  • May 14
  • July 9
  • September 10
  • November 12

Library Policies

Library History

The Winter Haven Public Library wasn’t always owned and operated by the City of Winter Haven.

The Library was founded in 1910, by a group of civic-minded young men. Many people helped the library during its early days; Dr. Mary Jewett, the Inman Family, and the Woman’s Club to name a few. The Woman’s Civic League assumed sponsorship of the library in 1915, and in 1952, the City of Winter Haven took over management and daily library operations.

List of Holiday Closures

The Winter Haven Public Library will be closed in 2024 on:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Monday, January 15
  • Presidents' Day - Monday, February 19
  • Memorial Day - Monday, May 27
  • Juneteenth - Wednesday, June 19
  • Independence Day - Thursday, July 4
  • Labor Day - Monday, September 2
  • Veterans Day - Monday, November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, November 28
  • Day after Thanksgiving - Friday, November 29
  • Christmas Eve - Tuesday, December 24
  • Christmas Day - Wednesday, December 25
  • New Year's Day - Wednesday, January 1, 2025