Located in the heart of the historic center of the village of São Brás de Alportel, on the grounds of an old cereal milling mill and opposite the old Roman road, which connected São Brás de Alportel to Faro, the Library is one of the cultural and educational facilities of the municipality whose mission is to promote literacy and training throughout the life of the São Brasense community, contributing to the synergy necessary for its harmonious development, and safeguarding the literary and spiritual heritage, registered in the bibliography and oral tradition.
The Municipal Library welcomes and registers as its readers all residents, workers and students of the Municipality of São Brás de Alportel who, after registering as readers, enjoy the services provided free of charge, with the exception of copying, printing and digitizing documents , whose price is fixed annually by the administrative services of the City Council.
Through the interlibrary loan service, the Municipal Library Network and the Municipal Library Network of the Algarve, readers can access documents in other local and regional libraries.
The Municipal Library has a documentary collection that covers a wide thematic range in different types of documentary supports: books, newspapers and magazines, CDs and vinyl records; DVD and video cassettes; CD-ROM and DVD-ROM.
The collection of books for adults, young people and children totals 35,721 copies and the audiovisual and electronic collection consists of 4,833 documents. To this documentary fund are added copies of manuscripts, books, newspapers, magazines and digital photographs, which constitute the spoils and donations of some illustrious São Brasenses.
The building of the Municipal library was designed by the City Hall works department. The services it makes available to the public are spread over two floors, and all documents are freely accessible. The public accesses the Internet and the catalogs of the Library Network, wirelessly, throughout the building or through the computer network available in the various rooms.