Gulf Gate Library named the most beautiful library in Florida

Publication bestows honors on 50 facilities in the U.S.

Gulf Gate Library is on Curtiss Avenue in Sarasota. Image from the Tech Insider website
Gulf Gate Library is on Curtiss Avenue in Sarasota. Image from the Tech Insider website

Tech Insider has named Gulf Gate Library the most beautiful library in the state of Florida.

Sarasota County Administrator Tom Harmer notified the county commissioners of the recognition in an Aug. 1 email. Sarabeth Kalajian, the county’s director of libraries and historical resources, had notified him about the honor the previous day, county email exchanges show.

On its website, Tech Insider says, “The Gulf Gate Library in Sarasota opened less than a year ago but has already been recognized by the AIA Florida chapter for its flexible meeting spaces and warm, inviting design.”

The facility actually opened in January 2015, standing on the same site as the earlier Gulf Gate Library — 7112 Curtiss Ave. in Sarasota. The building was designed by Harvard Jolly of Sarasota.

Tech Insider, which launched in July 2015, is a digital publication focused on technology, science, innovation and culture, its website says.

Regarding its list featuring the most beautiful library in each state, the publication wrote, “Libraries are timeless treasures.

Even as pulpy paperbacks get swapped out for electronic ink, we still crave a physical space where we can surround ourselves with knowledge. When done right, those spaces can be works of art.

“To find the most beautiful libraries in each state, Tech Insider looked at past and current award-winners as judged by the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association awards, and relied on our own judgment for states who have never won.

“Make sure to give these a look on your next road trip,” its commentary concludes.

For the full list, visit