Governor’s House Library

Governor’s House Library is managed jointly by UF Historic St. Augustine, Inc., and the UF George A. Smathers Libraries with the mission of preserving and providing access to the historical resources that enhance our understanding and appreciation of the St. Augustine’s built heritage. Primarily created by a defunct state agency, the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board, the collections in the Governor’s House Library document the city’s built environment and provide invaluable historical information about the city and its inhabitants through time.

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Rejas: Florida’s 16th Century Home Security System

You’ll find them on the Hyppo on St. George Street, on homes near the Oldest House, and even on some of the restaurants in the Colonial Quarter. They’re called rejas. They’re a Spanish architectural feature that serves both a decorative and particularly practical purpose…

a black and white photo with an overlaid orange box that reads "R is for Reja"

digital collections

Governor’s House Library Digital Collections

Access digitized material from the Governor’s House Library collections wherever you are on the Historic St. Augustine collection through University of Florida Digital Collections.

black and white historic image of the city gates in St. Augustine, FL

digital exhibits

The Making of Historic St. Augustine

Explore the history of the Historic St. Augustine Preservation Board through this ArcGIS StoryMap and learn more about their four decade effort to transform St. Augustine’s downtown.

photo of St. Augustine map with pushpins that mark reconstructed buildings