Discover the Monroe County Public Library
While you’re visiting Alabama’s Literary Capital, it’s only fitting to stop by the Monroe County Public Library. Home to thousands of books and e-books, the library draws book lovers of all ages to its shelves. But that’s not all the library has to offer. The building, which was constructed in 1939, is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, making it a prime destination for history buffs, movie fanatics and more.
A Fascinating Piece of Monroeville History
Before this building became the Monroe County Public Library in 1984, it was actually a hotel and later a restaurant. The La Salle Hotel was a prominent fixture in the community, and many famous people stayed there, including Academy Award winning actor, Gregory Peck, and his wife Veronique. While preparing for his role as Atticus Finch in the film, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” he slept in this very building.
Today, you can check out your own copy of Harper Lee’s classic story and explore the same rooms where Peck walked. You can also find books from other notable Monroe County authors, including Truman Capote and Mark Childress.
Why Visit the Library?
In addition to its impressive catalog of books, the Monroeville, AL Monroe County Public Library offers a range of other services. Interested in genealogy? Trace your ancestors’ history in the Genealogy Room, where you’ll find newspapers, census records and more. Looking for something fun for you or the kids to do? Check out the library’s event calendar.
The Children’s Summer Reading Program, in particular, is always a crowd favorite. It’s designed for ages 5 to 10 and starts Thursday, July 6. All programs 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. are free!
Some other services available at the library include:
- Inter-library loan
- Books on tape
- CDs and DVDs
- Reference books
- Special meeting areas
As the site of one of the oldest parcels that’s been in continuous usage since it was part of a land grant (#8417) from the United States of America to Probate Judge Henry W. Taylor, the Monroe County Public Library has much to offer. It’s also located near the Monroe County Heritage Museum and several other landmarks. Learn more from Visit Monroeville AL online now.
Monroe County Public Library
121 Pineville Rd, Monroeville, AL 36460