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 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 public scanners?

Yes – the Library has a brand new scan station.  You can scan books, documents and photos to be sent to the following destinations:  USB Drive, smartphone or tablet, Google Drive, Email, and OneDrive.  You can also choose the Scan-to-Fax option if you need to fax your document.  Below is the pricing scheme.

Per Page

0.05₵         –        Scan-To-USB

0.50₵         –        Scan-To-Fax (US/Canada)

$2.00         –        Scan-To-Fax (International)

0.05₵         –        Scan-To-Email

0.05₵         –        Scan-To-Smart Phone/Tablet (Requires QRCode App)

0.05₵         –        Scan-To-Google Drive

0.05₵         –        Scan-To-OneDrive

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 Kelly McConville at kelly.mcconville@delraylibrary.org or call (561) 266-0799.

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 2018:

December 31, 2017

January 1, 2018

January 15, 2018

February 19, 2018

April 1, 2018

May 28, 2018

July 4, 2018

September 3, 2018

November 12, 2018

November 22, 2018

November 23, 2018

December 24, 2018

December 25, 2018

December 31, 2018

January 1, 2019

New Year’s Eve (SUNDAY)

New Year’s Day (MONDAY)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (MONDAY)

Presidents’ Day (MONDAY)

Easter (SUNDAY)

Memorial Day (MONDAY)

Independence Day (WEDNESDAY)

Labor Day (MONDAY)

Veterans Day (observed – MONDAY)

Thanksgiving (THURSDAY)

Friday after Thanksgiving

Christmas Eve (MONDAY – close at 12 noon)

Christmas (TUESDAY)

New Year’s Eve (MONDAY – close at 12 noon)

New Year’s Day (TUESDAY)

Dec 31, 2017
New Year’s Eve (SUNDAY)

Jan 1, 2018
New Year’s Day (MONDAY)

Jan 16, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (MONDAY)

Feb 19, 2018
Presidents’ Day (MONDAY)

Apr 1, 2018
Easter (SUNDAY)

May 28, 2018
Memorial Day (MONDAY)

July 4, 2018
Independence Day (WEDNESDAY)

Sept 3, 2018
Labor Day (MONDAY)

Nov 12, 2018
Veterans Day (observed – MONDAY)

Nov 22, 2018
Thanksgiving (THURSDAY)

Nov 23, 2018
Friday after Thanksgiving

Dec 24, 2018
Christmas Eve (MONDAY – close at 12 noon)

Dec 25, 2018
Christmas (TUESDAY)

Dec 31, 2018
New Year’s Eve (MONDAY – close at 12 noon)

Jan 1, 2019
New Year’s Day (TUESDAY)

Which magazines and newspapers can I find at the Library?

AARP Bulletin (Magazines – 1st floor)
AARP : The Magazine (Magazines – 1st floor)
Advertising Age (Magazines – 1st floor)
American Baby (Children’s – 1st floor)
American Bicyclist (Magazines – 1st floor)
American Book Review (Reference – 2nd floor)
American Butterflies (Magazines – 1st floor)
American Craft (Magazines – 1st floor)
American Genealogist (Magazines – 1st floor)
American Spirit / DAR (Magazines – 1st floor)
Antiques : The Magazine (Magazines – 1st floor)
Architectural Digest (Magazines – 1st floor)
Art in America (Magazines – 1st floor)
ARTNEWS (Magazines – 1st floor)
Astronomy (Magazines – 1st floor)
Atlantic Monthly (Magazines – 1st floor)
Audubon (Magazines – 1st floor)
Barrons (Newspapers – 1st floor)
Better Homes & Gardens (Magazines – 1st floor)
Bicycling (Magazines – 1st floor)
Black Enterprise (Publication suspended March 2017) (Magazines – 1st floor)
Bloomberg Businessweek (Magazines – 1st floor)
Boating (Magazines – 1st floor)
Bon Appetit (Magazines – 1st floor)
Book Page (Newspapers – 1st floor)
Booklist (Reference – 2nd floor)
Boys Life (Children’s – 1st floor)
Brides (Magazines – 1st floor)
Butterfly Gardener (Magazines – 1st floor)
Car and Driver (Magazines – 1st floor)
Christian Science Monitor (Magazines – 1st floor)
Cicada (Young Adults – 2nd floor)
Coastal Living (Magazines – 1st floor)
Coin World (Magazines – 1st floor)
Commonweal (Magazines – 1st floor)
Congressional Digest (Magazines – 1st floor)
Consumer Reports (Reference – 2nd floor)
Cosmopolitan (Magazines – 1st floor)
Creative Kids (Discontinued Summer 2017) (Children’s – 1st floor)
Cricket (Children’s – 1st floor)
Daily Business Review (Newspapers – 1st floor)
Dance Magazine (Magazines – 1st floor)
DIG Into History (Children’s – 1st floor)
Discover (Magazines – 1st floor)
Dollars & Sense (Magazines – 1st floor)
Dow Theory Forecasts (Reference – 2nd floor)
Dwell Magazine (Magazines – 1st floor)
Ebony (Publication suspended May 2017) (Magazines – 1st floor)
Economist (Magazines – 1st floor)
Entertainment Weekly (Magazines – 1st floor)
Entrepreneur (Magazines – 1st floor)
ESPN Magazine (Magazines – 1st floor)
Esquire (Magazines – 1st floor)
Essence (Magazines – 1st floor)
Faces (Children’s – 1st floor)
Family Circle (Magazines – 1st floor)
Family Handyman (Magazines – 1st floor)
Field & Stream (Magazines – 1st floor)
Financial Times (Newspapers – 1st floor)
Florida Small Business (Magazines – 1st floor)
Florida Sportsman (Magazines – 1st floor)
Florida Trend (Magazines – 1st floor)
Florida Trend Economic Yearbook (Magazines – 1st floor)
Flying (Magazines – 1st floor)
Food & Wine (Magazines – 1st floor)
Forbes (Magazines – 1st floor)
Forbes Life (Magazines – 1st floor)
Foreign Affairs (Magazines – 1st floor)
Fortune (Magazines – 1st floor)
Game Informer (Young Adults – 2nd floor)
Glamour (Magazines – 1st floor)
Golf Magazine (Magazines – 1st floor)
Good Housekeeping (Magazines – 1st floor)
GQ (Magazines – 1st floor)
Harper’s Bazaar (Magazines – 1st floor)
Harper’s Magazine (Magazines – 1st floor)
Health (Magazines – 1st floor)
Highlights for Children (Children’s – 1st floor)
Horn Book Magazine (Children’s – 1st floor)
Horticulture (Magazines – 1st floor)
Hot Rod (Magazines – 1st floor)
House Beautiful (Magazines – 1st floor)
Humanist (Magazines – 1st floor)
In Touch (Magazines – 1st floor)
Inc. (Magazines – 1st floor)
Interior Design (Magazines – 1st floor)
Investor’s Business Daily (Newspapers – 1st floor)
Jack & Jill (Children’s – 1st floor)
Kiplinger’s Letter: Forecasts (Reference – 2nd floor)
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (Reference – 2nd floor)
Kiplinger’s Personal Washington Letter (Reference – 2nd floor)
Kiplinger’s Retirement Report (Reference – 2nd floor)
Kiplinger’s Investing for Income (Reference – 2nd floor)
Kiplinger’s Tax Letter (Reference – 2nd floor)
Knit Simple (Magazines – 1st floor)
Ladybug (Children’s – 1st floor)
Library Hotline (Reference – 2nd floor)
Library Journal (Reference – 2nd floor)
Mad (Young Adults – 2nd floor)
Make (Magazines – 1st floor)
Martha Stewart Living (Magazines – 1st floor)
Maximum PC (Magazines – 1st floor)
Meekel’s and Stamps Magazine (Magazines – 1st floor)
Men’s Health (Magazines – 1st floor)
Money (Magazines – 1st floor)
Money Letter (Reference – 2nd floor)
More (Magazines – 1st floor)
Mother Jones (Magazines – 1st floor)
Motor Trend (Magazines – 1st floor)
Motor Trend (c.2) (Young Adults – 2nd floor)
Muse (Young Adults – 2nd floor)
NADA Official Used Car Guide (Reference – 2nd floor)
NADA Older Official Used Car Guide (Reference – 2nd floor)
Nation (Magazines – 1st floor)
National Geographic (Magazines – 1st floor)
National Geographic for Kids (Children’s – 1st floor)
National Review (Magazines – 1st floor)
Natural History (Magazines – 1st floor)
New Republic (Magazines – 1st floor)
New York Review of Books (Magazines – 1st floor)
New York Times (Newspapers – 1st floor)
New Yorker (Magazines – 1st floor)
Newsweek (Magazines – 1st floor)
O : The Oprah Magazine (Magazines – 1st floor)
Otaku USA (Young Adults – 2nd floor)
Out (Magazines – 1st floor)
Palm Beach Post (Newspapers – 1st floor)
Parents (Magazines – 1st floor)
PC Gamer (Young Adults – 2nd floor)
People (Magazines – 1st floor)
People en Espanol (Magazines – 1st floor)
Popular Mechanics (Magazines – 1st floor)
Popular Mechanics (c.2) (Young Adults – 2nd floor)
Popular Photography (Discontinued April 2017) (Magazines – 1st floor)
Popular Science (Magazines – 1st floor)
Prevention (Magazines – 1st floor)
Progressive (Magazines – 1st floor)
Psychology Today (Magazines – 1st floor)
Publishers Weekly (Reference – 2nd floor)
Ranger Rick (Children’s – 1st floor)
Ranger Rick, Jr. (Children’s – 1st floor)
Reader’s Digest (Magazines – 1st floor)
Real Simple (Magazines – 1st floor)
Reason (Magazines – 1st floor)
Redbook (Magazines – 1st floor)
Road & Track (Magazines – 1st floor)
Road and Track (c.2) (Young Adults – 2nd floor)
Rolling Stone (Magazines – 1st floor)
Runner’s World (Magazines – 1st floor)
Saturday Evening Post (Magazines – 1st floor)
School Library Journal (Reference – 2nd floor)
Science News (Magazines – 1st floor)
Scientific American (Magazines – 1st floor)
Scientific American (c. 2) (Young Adults – 2nd floor)
Seventeen (Young Adults – 2nd floor)
Sidelines (for/about horse people) (Magazines – 1st floor)
Smithsonian (Magazines – 1st floor)
Soldier of Fortune (moving to online format only) (Magazines – 1st floor)
South Florida Business Journal (Newspapers – 1st floor)
Southern Living (Magazines – 1st floor)
Sport Fishing (Magazines – 1st floor)
Sports Illustrated (Magazines – 1st floor)
Sports Illustrated Kids (Children’s – 1st floor)
Star (Magazines – 1st floor)
Sun-Sentinel (Newspapers – 1st floor)
Surfing (Magazines – 1st floor)
Teen Ink (Young Adults – 2nd floor)
Teen Vogue (Young Adults – 2nd floor)
Tennis Magazine (Magazines – 1st floor)
The Advocate (Magazines – 1st floor)
The Lion / Lion’s Club (Magazines – 1st floor)
The Outlook (Reference – 2nd floor)
The Rotarian (Magazines – 1st floor)
The Week (Magazines – 1st floor)
Thrasher (Young Adults – 2nd floor)
Time (Magazines – 1st floor)
Town & Country (Magazines – 1st floor)
Treasures: Vintage to Modern Collecting (Magazines – 1st floor)
Us Weekly (Magazines – 1st floor)
USA Today (Newspapers – 1st floor)
Value Line Fund Advisor (Reference – 2nd floor)
Value Line Investment Survey (Reference – 2nd floor)
Value Line Small & Midcap (Reference – 2nd floor)
Vanidades Continental (Magazines – 1st floor)
Vanity Fair (Magazines – 1st floor)
Vogue (Magazines – 1st floor)
Voice of Youth (Young Adults – 2nd floor)
Wall Street Journal (Newspapers – 1st floor)
Washington Monthly (Magazines – 1st floor)
Wired (Magazines – 1st floor)
Woman’s Day (Magazines – 1st floor)
Writer’s Digest (Magazines – 1st floor)
Yachting (Magazines – 1st floor)
Zoobooks (Children’s – 1st floor)

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), 10¢ for each day overdue


3 day loan period, $1.00 for each day overdue

Audio Books on Tape or CD

3 week loan period, 10¢ for each day overdue

Digital Audio Books (Playaways)

2 week load period, $1.00 for each day overdue

Music CDs

1 week loan period, $1.00 for each day overdue

There is no limit on the number of items you may check out.

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.

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.