Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library
formerly the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library
11211 Countryway Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33626-2624
The Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library was dedicated and opened to the public on January 8, 2005. Renamed in 2017 as the Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library, the 26,000 square foot facility offers a full range of services including books, magazines, DVDs, music, Internet access, a variety of programs and activities for children and adults, a large community room for meetings, and a beautiful gazebo.
Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library is an active and enthusiastic citizen support group. The Friends operate the Gazebo Bookstore, located in the library's lobby. Money raised is used to fund special programs and events and to provide support for library operations. The Friends also serve as advocates for the Library System. Information about the Friends is available through the Friends of the Library website.
Dedicated on January 8, 2005 as the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library, construction of the $4.5 million building was funded by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners and a grant from the Florida Department of State, Division of Library Services. On August 2, 2017, the library was renamed the Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library in honor of longtime Friends of the Upper Tampa Bay Library President and dedicated library advocate Maureen B. Gauzza.
The Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library is enhanced by several sculptures donated by the Westfield Mall at Citrus Park. The Westchase Artists Society is the donor of the Majolica Tile Project, which is housed in the Children's Room. All other art in the library was purchased by the Friends of the Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library, and the Friends of the Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library Bronze Tree is located on the interior entrance wall in the lobby for all to see and appreciate. Donations for a Leaf, Acorn or Stone helps the Friends raise funds to enhance Library services.