FAQ

FAQ

How do I get a library card? Is there a cost? What identification is required?

Library card applications are taken at the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the library. If you have a Florida driver’s license in good standing with a Florida address AND a clear account with other county libraries, you may get a card with us free of charge.

A current Florida driver’s license is the only single piece of identification that will serve to qualify for a card. If you do not have a Florida driver’s license, you may still get a free card if you can supply us with proof of residence in Delray Beach and a photo ID; i.e. legitimate driver’s license from any state. A Florida ID may also serve as a photo ID. For applicants without Florida driver’s license, proof of residence is best demonstrated by showing us an original lease agreement OR something official with your name and Delray Beach address on it (a bill, credit card statement, or an official piece of mail).

If you are a temporary resident, you may still get a library card for a charge of $40.00 annually (or $10 per quarter).

If you are 14 years of age or younger, a parent or guardian must apply for your card.

Does the Library have free computers available with Internet/word processing/printing?

Yes. The Library has over 50 public access computers for Internet access and word processing. Printing is available for a charge of 15¢ per page (black & white) and 50¢ (color). To use our computers, you will need a library card (see above).

Does the Library have wireless access?

Yes – the Library does have total, wireless access. Currently, there are no logon procedures. Simply turn on your laptop equipped with a network card, and the wireless network should be available to you. The Library has no particular “hot spots” for better connection. The connection quality is uniform at any spot in the building.

Does the Library offer computer training?

Yes – The Library offers extensive, free computer training. For a schedule of classes please refer to our monthly calendar, or email reference librarian Kathleen Hensman at kathleen.hensman@delraylibrary.org or call her at (561) 819-6404.

Does the Library have an after-hours book drop?

Yes – the Library has an after-hours book drop located at the back of the building (the south/parking lot side). Currently, after hours you may either simply drop your returns (all library materials) into drop box, or use our automatic check-in book drop. For the automatic check-in option, don’t forget to insert your items one at a time!

Does the Library accept donations?

Yes – the Library gratefully accepts all donations of books (paperback or hardcover) every Wednesday. No magazines, please! We can also give you a receipt for your donation for tax purposes. If you would like to donate a computer or other hardware, please email Daniel Gilliam, Library System Administrator at dgilliam@delraylibrary.org.

Does the Library have quiet study areas?

Yes – the Library has several designated rooms for quiet study on the second floor, suitable for either individuals or small groups. These rooms may be reserved at least one day in advance. Remember, these rooms are to be used for studying purposes only and may not be used by individuals for business. For further information or to schedule a room for study, contact the Reference Department on the second floor of the Library.

To inquire about a quiet room for business related purposes, please call (561) 266-0799.

Does the Library have volunteer opportunities?

Yes – the Library has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for young adults, seniors, and everyone in-between. The Library is very proud of its volunteers, some of whom have been with the library for more than a decade. For more information, please contact Erin Broemel, Educational Programs and Volunteer Manager at erin.broemel@delraylibrary.org or call (561) 266-9490.

What are your holiday closing days for 2017?

The Library will be closed on the following days in 2017:

December 31, 2016

January 1, 2017

January 2, 2017

January 16, 2017

February 20, 2017

April 16, 2017

May 29, 2017

July 4, 2017

September 4, 2017

November 10, 2017

November 23, 2017

November 24, 2017

December 24, 2017

December 25, 2017

December 31, 2017

January 1, 2018

New Year’s Eve (SATURDAY) – close at 12pm

New Year’s Day (SUNDAY)

New Year’s Day (observed – MONDAY)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (MONDAY)

Presidents’ Day (MONDAY)

Easter (SUNDAY)

Memorial Day (MONDAY)

Independence Day (TUESDAY)

Labor Day (MONDAY)

Veterans Day (observed – FRIDAY)

Thanksgiving (THURSDAY)

Friday after Thanksgiving

Christmas Eve (SUNDAY)

Christmas (MONDAY)

New Year’s Eve (SUNDAY)

New Year’s Day (MONDAY)

Dec 31, 2016
New Year’s Eve (SATURDAY) – close at 12pm

Jan 1, 2017
New Year’s Day (SUNDAY)

Jan 2, 2017
New Year’s Day (observed – MONDAY)

Jan 16, 2017
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (MONDAY)

Feb 20, 2017
Presidents’ Day (MONDAY)

Apr 16, 2017
Easter (SUNDAY)

May 29, 2017
Memorial Day (MONDAY)

July 4, 2017
Independence Day (TUESDAY)

Sept 4, 2017
Labor Day (MONDAY)

Nov 10, 2017
Veterans Day (observed – FRIDAY)

Nov 23, 2017
Thanksgiving (THURSDAY)

Nov 24, 2017
Friday after Thanksgiving

Dec 24, 2017
Christmas Eve (SUNDAY)

Dec 25, 2017
Christmas (MONDAY)

Dec 31, 2017
New Year’s Eve (SUNDAY)

Jan 1, 2018
New Year’s Day (MONDAY)

How long are loan periods for Library materials? How many items may I check out at one time? What are the fines for overdue Library materials?

Books

3 week loan period (2 weeks for New Books), no checkout limit on fiction/5 in one subject area for non-fiction, 10¢ for each day overdue

DVDs

3 day loan period, 4 checkout limit, $1.00 for each day overdue

Audio Books on Tape or CD

3 week loan period, 5 checkout limit, 10¢ for each day overdue

Digital Audio Books (Playaways)

2 week load period, 3 checkout limit, $1.00 for each day overdue

Music CDs

1 week loan period, 2 checkout limit, $1.00 for each day overdue

May I replace a lost book with one I purchase?

No – the Library does not accept patron-purchased books to replace lost or damaged library books. The Library purchases books through a service that supplies cataloging records (digital marc records via download) and processing (the application of bar-codes, RFID tags, spine labels, etc.). In addition, patron purchased books often do not meet quality of original edition library books.

Does the Library sell books?

The Library, under no circumstances, sells books from its active collection. However, the Library does have an ongoing book sale of donation books, both hardcover and soft cover, many in new or as new condition at very reasonable prices. We also have a very popular “paperback exchange” service of mass market titles (donate a book – take a book).

How do I renew Library materials online?

Renewing Library Materials Online

In order to access your library account from home (or a remote laptop), you will need your library card barcode number and your 4-digit PIN number. If you do not know your PIN number, please bring your ID to the Library Circulation Desk and a member of the circulation staff will give it to you. Please do not share this number with anyone.

To renew an item:

1. Visit our website: www.delraylibrary.org.

2. Click on “Search the Catalog” bar.

3. Click on My Account.

4. Click on Renew My Materials.

5. A screen will come up with blank fields for you to fill in your account information. You will need your User ID (the 14 digit number on the back of your library card) and your PIN number (the 4 digit user-assigned code that is system generated when you got your library card).

6. Click on Renew Selected Items or Renew All.

7. If Renew Selected Items is chosen, use the checkboxes to select items.

8. Click Renew Selected Items.

You will receive a message telling you which items were renewed and a list of new due dates. Please take note of any failures to renew.

Only those library items that are not overdue are eligible for renewal. If you have a fine on your record, you will not be able to renew materials. Books may be renewed twice, DVDs once.

To print out these instructions, click HERE.

How do I place a hold on an item online?

Placing a Hold Online

In order to place holds from home, you will need your library card barcode number and your 4-digit PIN number. If you do not know your pin number, someone at the circulation desk can look it up for you (you must show your ID). Please be sure that your account has a current address and telephone number so that we may contact you when the hold is ready for pickup. Your account must be free of late charges or overdue items to place a hold.

To place a hold online, follow these steps:

1. Visit our website: www.delraylibrary.org.

2. Click on “Search the Catalog” bar.

3. A search screen should come up. Select title, author or subject from the pull-down menu, and then type in keywords of your search criteria. Or you may click on Power Search, which allows you to fill in an author’s last name or a few words of a title, etc.

4. Once you have located the record for the item you wish to place on hold, you will see the words Place Hold appear in the box to the left of the screen.

5. Click Place Hold. A screen will come up with blank fields for you to fill in your account information. You will need your User ID (the 4 digit number on the back of your library card) and your PIN number (the 14 digit user-assigned code that is system generated when you got your library card).

6. Once you have filled in these two fields, click Place Hold.

If you have completed these steps successfully, a screen will come up showing the name of the item and the message Hold(s) Placed. You will be called when the book is available.

To Save or print these instructions Click HERE.