Founded in 1901, The Alva Book Club was incorporated as the Alva Public Library Association in November 15, 1906. It built the first public library in S.W. Florida on a lot donated by Peter Nelson, Alva town founder. The Library was dedicated June 25, 2019. Its style is classical revival. The library was active for many years. Library closed in 1937. The Civic League built additions to the library building for a community center in the 1940’s. The library was also used for many other purposes for years. In 1974, the Alva Garden Club converted into a museum. They received the permission of Library Association Trustees.