The words are quoted, because, although in frequent use, they constitute a gross misnomer, the so-called "State Library" of Florida having always consisted of a great mass of printed books, pamphlets, maps, documents, etc., mixed and jumbled together in inextricable confusion, on shelves, on the floors, filed in dark corners and under stairways, in the damp basement of the State Capitol - a shame and a disgrace to the intelligence and public spirit of a civilized and long-suffering people.
Society, Florida Historical
"Florida's "State Library","
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 2
, Article 8.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol2/iss1/8