Founded in 1927, the library is now located in former LaSalle Hotel building. At this location prior to the construction of this building, there was the Commercial Hotel, which was a wood-frame building. In 1939, this old building was demolished and replaced with a new brick building. The hotel was sold in 1952 and new management changed its name to the La Salle Hotel.
Many dignitaries visited the La Salle Hotel, including Academy Award winner, Gregory Peck, while visiting Monroeville preparing for his role in the movie, “To Kill A Mockingbird”.
This building was later used as a restaurant. In 1979, the building was purchased by Dwight Harrigan, who sold it to the Monroe County Library Board in 1981. The building appraised at $229,000. The library raised $125,000, and Mr. Harrigan donated the remaining $104,000.
This building has been the home of the Monroe County Public Library since 1984. It is listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage and is included in the Monroeville Downtown Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Friends of the Library is a non-profit group of volunteers whose mission is to support the Monroe County Public Library.
Monroeville and Monroe County is home to many authors, the most famous are Nelle Harper Lee, Truman Capote, and Mark Childress.