The library addition was privately-funded by the Florida Governor’s Mansion Foundation and dedicated in December 2006 upon the departure of Governor and Mrs. Jeb Bush. The collection emphasizes state history, politics, nature and other topics related to Florida. Most authors are Floridian and the majority of the books were published and donated by the University of Florida Press in Gainesville, FL.
Similar projects to enhance the mansion have become a tradition sponsored by the Mansion Foundation. The Florida Room, the Florida Library, and the two bronze sculptures entitled Manatee Dance and Florida’s Finest are all legacy projects of former first families. Three books highlighting the history of the Governor’s Mansion have also been published by the Foundation and are included among our holdings. They include the following books: 700 North Adams Street (1998), First Families in Residence: Life at the Florida Governor’s Mansion (2006) and Viva La Florida: Simple, Fresh and Elegant Recipes from the Florida Governor’s Mansion (2013). They are available in public libraries or through the Mansion Foundation.
Currently, the Library also features ongoing exhibitions of historic artifacts on loan from many of Florida’s finest public and private museum collections.