In Fort-de-France, on Rue de la Liberté, a building draws your attention. It is a public library but not an ordinary one: it is the Schœlcher Library. Discover this wonderful monument, full of history.
At the intersection of Rue de la Liberté and Rue Victor Sévère, stands what is certainly the most beautiful building of Fort-de-France: the Schœlcher Library. Ordered by the abolitionist Victor Schœlcher (who wanted to share his personal collection of 10,000 books and 250 musical scores), this library was designed by the architect Pierre-Henri Picq.
The library is characterized by its metal framework, its glass dome, its colors inspired by Art Nouveau and its Byzantine architecture. First presented in Paris between 1886 and 1887, Schœlcher Library is then taken apart, sent, and rebuilt as before, in Martinique.
Always open to public, Schœlcher Library is now listed as one of the martinican historical monuments. It comprises around 130,000 books, which include some of Schœlcher's original collection, some ancient manuscripts and many Caribbean documents –some of them dating from the seventeenth century.
A little advice from Jumbo Car Martinique : rent a compact car to drive easily in the narrow streets of Fort-de-France and go to the Schœlcher Library.
In front of La Savane place, the Schœlcher Library is, without any doubts, one of the first things to visit in Fort-de-France city. To go there, consider renting a car.