Delray Beach Public Library


Mon - Wed: 9AM - 8PM
Thu - Sat: 9AM - 5PM
Sun: 1PM - 5PM (SEPT-MAY)

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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 $60 per year or $15 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 staff at or call 561.266.0196.

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

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 provide scanning and faxing services?

Yes – the Library has a scanning station where you can scan documents and photos and send to a USB drive, a fax number, email, Google Drive, or OneDrive.

Cost per page:

   Scan to USB

    Scan to email

    Scan to Google Drive

    Scan to OneDrive

50¢  Scan to fax (US/Canada)

$2    Scan to fax (International)

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 two decades. For more information, please contact Isabella Rowan at or call (561) 266-9490.

Also, be sure to visit our Volunteer page here, where you can get more info and fill out an application.

What are your holiday closing days?

The Library will be closed on the following days in 2023:

January 1, 2024

January 15, 2024

February 19, 2024

March 29, 2024

March 31, 2024

May 27, 2024

June 19, 2024

July 4, 2024

September 2, 2024

October 14, 2024

November 11, 2024

November 27, 2024

November 28, 2024

November 29, 2024

December 24, 2024

December 25, 2024

December 31, 2024

New Year’s Day (Monday)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday)

Presidents’ Day (Monday)

Good Friday/Passover (Friday)

Easter (Sunday)

Memorial Day (Monday)

Juneteenth Day (Wednesday)

Independence Day (Thursday)

Labor Day (Monday)

Indigenous People’s Day (Monday)

Veterans Day (Monday)

Day before Thanksgiving– close at 5:00 pm (Wednesday)

Thanksgiving (Thursday)

Friday after Thanksgiving

Christmas Eve – close at noon (Tuesday)

Christmas (Wednesday)

New Year’s Eve – close at noon (Tuesday)

Which magazines and newspapers can I find at the Library?

In addition to a selection of print magazines and newspapers, the Delray Beach Public Library offers 100+ digital titles from Libby for anytime, anywhere reading on desktops and mobile devices.

Animal Wellness
Architectural Digest
Better Homes & Gardens
Bon Appetit
Car & Driver
Consumer Reports
Diversitycomm Magazine
The Economist
Food Network
Good Housekeeping
National Geographic
New Yorker
Rolling Stone
Sports Illustrated
Us Weekly
Vanity Fair

Investor’s Business Daily
NYT Book Review
New York Times – Daily
New York Times – Sunday
New York Times Magazine
Palm Beach Post
Sun Sentinel
Wall Street Journal

How long are loan periods for Library materials? What are the fines for overdue Library materials?


3 week loan period (2 weeks for New Books)


3 day loan period

Audio Books CD

3 week loan period

Music CDs

1 week loan period

STEM Kits (Backpacks)

2 week loan period

There is no limit on the number of items you may check out. The library does not charge overdue fines, however, items which have not been returned after 60 days beyond their final due date will be considered lost and the full replacement cost of the item will be charged. Please return items on time.

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 has 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). However, the Library, under no circumstances, sells books from its active collection.

Does the library have a strategic plan?

The Library’s strategic plan is available here.

How do I renew Library materials online?

Renewing Library Materials Online

In order to access your library account online, 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. Click on the Search the Catalog link on the library website.

2. Click on My Account.

3. When prompted to do so, enter your user name (the 14 digit number on the back of your library card) and your PIN number (the 4 digit number you chose when you received your library card).

4. Click on the Checkouts tab.

5. Select which items to renew, and click on the Renew button.

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 online, you will need the barcode number on your library card 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.

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 in order to place a hold.

To place a hold online, follow these steps:

1. Click on the Search the Catalog link on the library website.

2. Select title, author or subject from the pull-down menu, and enter your search terms. Or click on Advanced Search for more options.

3. When you have located the item you wish to place on hold, click on the Place Hold button.

4. When prompted to do so, enter your user name (the 14 digit number on the back of your library card) and your PIN number (the 4 digit number you chose when you received your library card).

5. Click the Place Hold button.

You’ll see a confirmation after the hold is placed. You will receive a call from the library when the book is available.

To Save or print these instructions Click HERE.

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