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"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
Locations, Telephone Number, and Hours
The Boca Raton Public Library has two locations to serve you: The Downtown Library (400 NW 2nd Ave., Boca Raton, FL 33432) and the Spanish River Library (1501 NW Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33431). The Library's main telephone number is (561) 393-7852.
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.
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:
You may borrow up to a maximum of 100 items.
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!
View the City of Boca Raton Ordinances regarding borrowing privileges:
Public computer Internet access is available on a first come, first served basis.
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.
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.
Civic Lectures for Savvy Citizens - The Electoral College: Will Florida Decide It?
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 Artist Application, Regulation Agreement, and Waiver of Liability.
Countess Henrietta de Hoernle Collection
Boca Raton Public Library proudly hosts a display from the Countess Henrietta de Hoernle Collection, 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 urged those with resources to give wisely, inspiring others to support their communities conscientiously with her motto, "Give while you live, so you know where it goes." The Countess Henrietta de Hoernle passed away on July 22, 2016 at 103, but her legacy will endure in her many outstanding contributions in the arts, education and health of the City of Boca Raton and nearby communities.
For appointments, please contact librarian Ellen Randolph at 561-544-8568.
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.
The Library 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 Board.
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 Board:
Renee McCabe Johnson