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About the Library

 

"The Boca Raton Public Library provides quality library services and resources necessary to meet the educational, recreational, cultural, business, and other information needs of its users. The Library is committed to provide information in all appropriate formats and shall select and organize its resources to benefit persons of all ages and abilities." --Mission Statement

About Us
Guidelines and Policies
Locations, Telephone Number, and Hours Collection Development Guidelines
How to get a Library Card Free Literature Display Guidelines
Borrowing, Loan Periods, and Fees/Fines Interlibrary Loan Guidelines
Computer Use Internet Use Policy
Printing and Photocopying Rules of Conduct
BRPL in the News Study Room Use
Art in Public Places Unattended Children Guidelines
Countess Henrietta de Hoernle Archives Wireless Internet Use Guidelines
Strategic Planning Process  
Library Advisory Board  


Locations, Telephone Number, and Hours

The Boca Raton Public Library has two locations to serve you. The Downtown Library is located at 400 NW 2nd Ave., and the Spanish River Library is located at 1501 NW Spanish River Blvd. View a map of the Library's locations. The Library's main telephone number is (561) 393-7852.

Hours:

Downtown Library
Spanish River Library

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 noon - 6:00 p.m.

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How to Get a Library Card

City of Boca Raton residents who wish to APPLY for or RENEW a Library Card (termed a library borrower's permit in the City Code of Ordinances) must provide proof of residency or property ownership. A resident must provide a valid Florida Driver's License or a valid Florida Identification Card with their name and a City of Boca Raton address. OR, a resident must provide two (2) documents: one document with their name and a City of Boca Raton address and a second document with a photo ID. Pre-register for a library card.

If you reside outside the City of Boca Raton, you may purchase an individual card for a non-refundable $150.00 annual fee, or a family card (immediate family only) for a non-refundable $250.00 annual fee.

View the City of Boca Raton Ordinance (Article IV, Sec. 13-96) regarding Library Borrower's Permits.

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Borrowing, Loan Periods and Fees/Fines

Your Library card may be used at both the Downtown and Spanish River Libraries, and you may return materials to either Library.

Please note the number of items you may borrow in the following categories:

  • 7-Day books: 8
  • Compact Discs: 16
  • DVDs: 16
  • Video Games: 16

You may borrow up to a maximum of 100 items.

Loan Periods

28 Days

  • Books (except those marked "14 Day" or "7 Day")
  • Foreign Language Instruction (CD, Muzzy)
  • Audio Books (CD)
  • Playaway Audio

14 Days

  • New Books
  • Youth Services Holiday Books
  • Compact Discs
  • Video Games

7 Days

  • DVDs:
    • Feature Films
    • Foreign Films
    • Television Programs
    • Nonfiction
    • Youth Services
  • Playaway View
  • New "No Holds/Renewals" titles
  • American Girl Dolls

Renewals: Library materials may be renewed up to three (3) times if there are no holds on the item. Log in to My Library Account to renew items!

Fees/Fines
Borrowing Fees
  • Interlibrary Loans: $4.00 each (covers shipping and handling)
  • Feature Film DVDs: $1.00 each
  • Foreign Film DVDs: $1.00 each
  • Games: $1.00 each
  • Holds not picked up: $0.40 each
Overdue, Lost, Damaged Fines
  • Overdue Books, Compact Discs, Audiobooks (CD), Playaways: $0.40 per day, $20.00 maximum
  • Overdue DVDs, Games, Playaway Views, Muzzys: $2.00 per day, $20.00 maximum
  • Lost or Damaged items: Replacement cost of the item at the time of purchase, plus a processing fee of $10.00 (covers our costs for acquiring, cataloging, and processing a replacement item; we are unable to accept replacements purchased by the patron)

View the City of Boca Raton Ordinances regarding borrowing privileges:

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Computer Use

Public computer Internet access is available on a first come, first served basis.

  • Library cardholders who have a Boca Raton Public Library card in good standing may enter their barcode number and PIN to receive two (2) hours of Internet access.
  • Additional time will be granted to Library cardholders in two (2) hour increments based on availability of computers with Internet access. The cardholder's Boca Raton Public Library card or a picture ID must be presented when requesting additional time.
  • Non-library cardholders, and those whose library cards are not in a "good standing" status, may, upon presenting a picture ID, purchase up to one (1) hour of computer time for a fee of $5.00. Additional time may be purchased in one (1) hour increments based on availability of computers with Internet access.
  • A courtesy ten (10) minute "express" computer session may be granted once per day with photo identification.

Free wireless Internet access is available (view the Guidelines). Any use of Library-provided Internet access (wired or wireless) must be in accordance with the Library's Internet Use Policy. Patrons are expected to use these services in a legal, responsible, and considerate manner, consistent with the educational and informational purposes for which it is provided.

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Printing and Photocopying

Public photocopying is available, as is printing from all public computers. Users may also save documents to their own USB/flash drives. Wireless printing and faxing services are not available.

  • Black & white: $.20 per page
  • Color: $.50 per page

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BRPL in the News

Press Release: Civic Lectures for Savvy Citizens - "Presidential Primaries Explained"
Press Release: BRPL Distributes One Book Boca Copies to Study Center and High School
Press Release: One Book Boca
Press Release: Downtown Library Debuts Civic Lectures for Savvy Citizens
Press Release: Downtown Library Presents "Selections from the Boca Raton Museum Art School"
Press Release: Downtown Library Welcomes Joe Raiola in "The Joy of Censorship"
Press Release: Spanish River Library Presents "Pants on Fire! PolitiFact Lecture by Amy Sherman"
Press Release: Downtown Library Hosts Storyteller Jim Gregory
Press Release: Downtown Library Presents "Life Reflected: Selected Works by Jason Aponte"
Press Release: Downtown Library Hosts Storyteller Connie Regan-Blake
Press Release: Friends Receive Grant from IBM for Discover Studio
Press Release: Downtown Library Welcomes Storyteller Chris Kastle

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Art in Public Places

The BRPL supports local artists by providing public space for display of their artwork. To apply for exhibition at the Downtown Library, please complete and submit the following documents:

To apply for exhibition at the Spanish River Library, please visit the Art Gallery page on the Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library website.

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Countess Henrietta de Hoernle Archives

Boca Raton Public Library proudly hosts a display from the Countess Henrietta de Hoernle Archives, on loan from the Boca Raton Historical Society.

Since the early 1980s, the Count and Countess de Hoernle donated much of their fortune and time to support over 150 health, education and service organizations. The largest gifts were focused on projects in Boca Raton, including the Boca Raton Community Hospital, the Boca Raton Historical Society, the Caldwell Theater Company, Lynn University, and essential support for numerous local theaters, museums, and service groups for first-responders and veterans, for the poor and homeless, and for children. They also donated extensively to the local branches of the American Red Cross, the Boy Scouts of America, the YMCA, the American Diabetes Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association of Palm Beach County. The Count and Countess de Hoernle also provided substantial support for other projects in South Florida including the St. John's Hospital for Rehabilitation, the Count and Countess de Hoernle Alzheimer Pavilion, and the Caridad Center for Migrant Workers. After Count de Hoernle's death in 1998, the Countess continued in their tradition of humanitarian service. She states that those with money have an obligation to give wisely. Now over a hundred years old, she still inspires others to support their communities conscientiously with her motto, "Give while you live, so you know where it goes."

For appointments, please contact librarian Ellen Randolph at 561-544-8568.

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Strategic Planning Process

Community Survey Summary Report: Recently, the BRPL invited members of the Boca Raton community to participate in a survey on library services as part of its strategic planning process. Findings of the survey will be used to assess and improve current library services and identify future strategic directions. View the Summary Report.

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Library Advisory Board

The Library Advisory board makes recommendations to the City Council concerning the management and operation of the Boca Raton Public Library. View the City of Boca Raton Ordinance (Article III, Division 8) regarding the Library Advisory Board.

Openings (3) for Library Advisory Board Members: Advisory Board Application

Questions regarding the Board may be directed to the City Clerk's Office at (561) 393-7743. Learn about Advisory Boards and Committes in the City of Boca Raton.

Current members of the Library Advisory Board:
Robert Creighton
Elizabeth Grinnan
Renee McCabe Johnson
Manjunath Pendakur
(3 vacancies)

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