The Elling Eide Center
8000 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231

Office Hours

  • Monday 9a 5p
  • Tuesday 9a 5p
  • Wednesday 9a 5p
  • Thursday 9a 5p
  • Friday 9a 12p

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The Elling Eide Center

The Elling Eide Center is a private research library and nature preserve overlooking Little Sarasota Bay. Dedicated to the study of classical Asian literature and art, the Center fills a unique role in the cultural and scholarly landscape of its Florida coastal location.

Bequeathed by Sarasota resident Elling O. Eide, this 72-acre waterfront preserve brings together Old Florida and new architecture. Sarasota architect Guy Peterson, FAIA, designed the Center’s research library that shares the landscape with a rich assortment of native and exotic plants. The Elling Eide Center Research Library first opened its doors in the fall of 2016. The Center provides scholars and students with opportunities to research Asian culture, history, and art on a pristine preserve. The Center also hosts conferences and lectures. The Center’s collections, amassed by Eide over six decades, contain comprehensive library holdings and collections of rare books, manuscripts, art, and artifacts that represent a significant resource for Asian studies scholars.

Our Mission

“To sustain a tranquil, ecologically sound Asian research center and library to promote scholarship through research activity and conferences that honor the legacy of Elling O. Eide.”

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