The Paula A. Lewis Branch Library will be the first new library facility to open in St. Lucie County in nearly 20 years. The former Port St. Lucie police substation, located at 2950 SW Rosser Blvd., will be transformed into a 21,000 square-foot full-service branch library to serve the southwestern portion of the county. Although Hurricane Irma caused some delays in the schedule, we're cautiously optimistic the new branch will be open for business by November 1.
The new library will be named after recently retired County Commissioner Paula A. Lewis, who has been a strong library supporter during her 20 years on the St. Lucie Board of County Commissioners, advocating for improvements to library buildings, staffing and programming. Ms. Lewis also served for nine years on the Library Advisory Board.
While the new library will have books, DVDs and other standard collection items, it will also offer 3D printing, a Creation Station with access to the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite, and a teen gaming room with advanced computers and wide-screen, curved monitors. A large meeting room with a full-featured audio-visual system will be available for rental, along with a conference room with large-screen display and collaborative systems furniture.
The Friends of the Library hope to raise at least $250,000 from the community to purchase print and audiovisual materials to supplement the $300,000 the Friends have already committed for the collection. The 44,000 items needed to fill the shelves will cost an estimated million dollars. With the County contributing $250,000, the Friends adding $300,000, and counting 9,000 like-new items donated over the last three years to the Friends of the Library book sale (valued at $200,000), the project is about three-quarters of the way to being realized.
Books & Other Item Donations
If you have like-new items to donate to the Lewis Branch Library, we are especially looking for popular, hardcover fiction for adults or hardcover nonfiction published in the last few years. We're also looking for children's hardcover or paperback books, but would welcome items of all kinds as long as they're in like-new condition.
If you'd particularly like your donation to go to the Lewis Library, please mention this to staff when you drop it off, though we cannot guarantee where an item will be placed. If for any reason an item is not selected for the Lewis collection it may be added to another branch library's collection or made available at a Friends of the Library book sale.