Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library
1505 Nebraska Ave.
Tampa, Florida 33602-2849
This location provides Internet access through library computers and Wi-Fi connectivity. Public meeting space is available and after-hours book drops are located at both the front of the building, and in the parking lot. The branch is located just north of the historic Union Train Station near downtown Tampa.
This library contains many museum quality exhibits, including displays on the Civil Rights movement and the NAACP located in the lobby. The History of Central Avenue hallway features interactive touch panels, with both audio and visual elements.
The Children's area features a touch-screen display panel and a collaborative touch-screen table.
The Saunders Library receives support from the Ada T. Payne Friends of the Urban Libraries, active supporters and advocates for the library. Proceeds from their fundraising efforts directly benefit this branch, the West Tampa Branch Library and the C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library. Bookstores run by the Friends are located in all three locations.
The Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Library Foundation raises funds that support educational, African American research and cultural activities at the Saunders Library and within the Tampa community.
The original library opened in 1933 and was named the Ybor City Branch Library. Its home was a storefront facility at 1729 East Broadway donated by the local Italian American Club. The new building at 1505 North Nebraska Avenue was dedicated in January of 1969. On November 5, 2003, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners voted to rename the Ybor City Branch Library to honor Robert W. Saunders, Sr., civil rights activist and former NAACP Field Director. A bronze bust of Mr. Saunders by artist Brian R. Owens is on display in the lobby.