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Historical and Genealogical Library

Welcome to the Polk County History Center, home to the historical museum and geneaological library 

 Museum Front

The Polk County Historical and Genealogical Library was first opened to the public in January of 1940. The library is under the authority of the Polk County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) and administered by the Parks and Natural Resources Division. The library is one of the largest Genealogical and Historical collections in the Southeast United States.


The Polk County Historical & Genealogical Library is located in the Polk County History Center. The address is:

100 East Main Street, 2nd Floor
Bartow, Florida 33830

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Closed on all National holidays.
An annual operating schedule is available at the library front desk. It is always best to call ahead if you are traveling long distances to use the facility. You can contact us at (863) 534-4380.

Online Catalog

The Historical & Genealogical Library is part of the Polk County Library Cooperative. You can view our online catalog at the Library Cooperative website: Historical & Genealogical Catalog Offsite Website

Have Questions?

For more information about the Polk County Historical and Genealogical Library please contact us by email, phone (863) 534-4380; or fax (863) 534-4382. 

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