The Vila do Porto Municipal Library building was inaugurated on the 16th October 2009 and opened to the public on the 23rd April 2010. It has an approximate surface area of 1,550m2, divided by three floors, and around 600m2 of outside gardens.
Well involved in the requalification plan for the historical centre of Vila do Porto, the Municipal Library resulted from the reconstruction of an old manor belonging to João Falcão de Sousa, the tenth Captain of the Donatary of Santa Maria Island. The building dates from the 16th and 17th centuries and it included in its structure a private chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Good News.
The current Vila do Porto Municipal Library gives continuity to a project initiated by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in the decade of 1960, with the creation of the Itinerant Library – which would be replaced, in 1989, by Fixed Library 181. The Municipality assumed the Library commitment in 2002, inheriting therefrom a valuable collection of around 20,000 printed volumes.
Besides the usual services related to information access and promotion of reading habits, the Municipal Library intends to be a place where anybody can sit and enjoy a quiet space, which offers the basic conditions for either learning processes, information exchange or leisure moments.