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Lakeland History Room

Formerly Special Collections

Our Collection

The 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.

View over 7,000 images online via our DIGITAL COLLECTION.

Copyright Restriction Information




Mon - Fri  9 am - 5 pm

Sat. - Sun: Closed

**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


 Preserving Memories

If you are looking for a summer 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.

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
    Communities Have Power

    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:

    Communities Have Power

    Enjoy this photographic stroll dedicated to the African-American Community of Lakeland and those that helped open the door of opportunity for all.


  • 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.


  • CONTENTdm logo

    Can't make it to the Lakeland History Room? No problem, we offer over 6,000 images accessible for viewing online via our digital collection provided through CONTENTdm. 

    This platform allows you to quickly access to a variety of content including photographs, maps, and scrapbooks with specialty items like citrus crate labels, artwork, yearbooks, posters, and post cards.


Legend, Legacy & Lore Series: Tales of Lakeland

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

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Blinky the Alligator

 Swans on Lake Mirror

The Royal Swans

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Munn Park

Road to Lakeland

Road to Lakeland

Virginia Avenue Library

Virginia Avenue

Southgate Shopping Center

Southgate Shopping Center



 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