On my first all-by-myself visit to St Augustine in 1991, someone told me that the small building behind The Oldest House museum on St Francis Street was a research library, where I could look up anything I wanted to know about St Augustine. Needless to say, I made it my second home. Or third home, as my second home was already St Augustine itself.
When the library moved to the Kirby-Smith House on Aviles Street, my glee knew absolutely no bounds. Collections were added and expanded, there was more room to work and more lovely things to study, and I got to spend hours in that marvelous house. Paradise. Pure paradise.
I still love to go to the library itself, but the St Augustine Historical Society has put great resources online so I no longer have to make a trip to the city just to look up the name of some obscure person who lived in a little house on a street somewhere in town. Darn.