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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 Apply for or Renew 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
Press Releases Study Room Use
Art in Public Places Unattended Children Guidelines
Countess Henrietta de Hoernle Collection Wireless Internet Use Guidelines
Strategic Planning Process  
Library Board  

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.


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 Apply for or Renew 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 photo identification (valid driver's license, a current state identification card or a current passport) and ONE of the following items showing their name and their City of Boca Raton address as proof of residency in physical or digital form:

  • Property Appraiser Website (for owner)
  • Mortgage Statement (current)
  • Copy of Deed to Property
  • Signed Copy of Lease
  • Recorded Declaration of Domicile
  • Letter from Director of Campus Housing
  • Cable Bill (within last 2 months)
  • Power Bill (within last 2 months)
  • Water Bill (within last 2 months)
  • Voter Registration
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Property Tax Bill or Receipt (current)

Children/dependents must be accompanied by their parent or guardian, who must show their photo ID and proof of residency on behalf of the child/dependent.

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
  • Literacy Backpacks

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!

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
Borrowing 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
  • Holds not picked up after five days: $0.40 each
  • Holds cancelled after having been pulled: $0.40 each
  • Lost or Damaged items: If an item is no longer listed for purchase in current or out-of-print sources, the replacement cost of the item will be a default item cost of $20.00 plus a $10.00 processing fee (the processing fee covers library costs for acquiring, cataloging, and processing a replacement item). The BRPL will not 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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Press Releases

Military Intel: Veterans' Information Event
Language Learning Collection
Lecture: The Birth of a Nation: Slavery, Resistance & Abolition
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Teen Read Week, October 9-15, 2016
Civic Lectures for Savvy Citizens - The Electoral College: Will Florida Decide It?
Library Card Sign-Up Month - September 2016
Clyde Butcher Exhibit: Nature's Places of Spiritual Sanctuary
Civic Lectures for Savvy Citizens - 2016 Florida Ballot Initiatives Explained
The Art of Storytelling in Politics
Author Talk and Book Signing with Paul Loeb, Author of Soul of a Citizen
FAU Athletics Celebrates Love Libraries Day
Story Time with FAU Football Players
Downtown Library to Host National Exhibition on Abraham Lincoln
Friends of BRPL Fund Online Learning Courses from
Civic Lectures for Savvy Citizens - "The Role of Women in the 2016 Presidential Election"
Summer Reading Initiative: "Exercise Your Mind, Read!"
Photography Exhibit: "New Perspectives: Student Photography from Boca Raton Community High School"
Author Talk and Book Signing: Betsy Lerner
Civic Engagement: "Your Florida Government, Your County Government"
Friends of BRPL Continue Support of Value Line Database
Civic Lectures for Savvy Citizens - "Will the Hispanic Vote Determine the 2016 Presidential Election?"
Civic Lectures for Savvy Citizens - "The Anti-Establishment Wave and the 2016 Election"
Early Literacy Backpacks
Money Smart Week
Doris Rodriguez Exhibit
Civic Lectures for Savvy Citizens - "Informed Voters - Fair Judges"
Hoopla Digital
Poster Exhibit Highlighting the Marvin & Sybil Weiner Spirit of America Collection
Civic Lectures for Savvy Citizens - "Presidential Primaries Explained"
BRPL Distributes One Book Boca Copies to Study Center and High School
One Book Boca
Downtown Library Debuts Civic Lectures for Savvy Citizens
Downtown Library Presents "Selections from the Boca Raton Museum Art School"
Downtown Library Welcomes Joe Raiola in "The Joy of Censorship"
Spanish River Library Presents "Pants on Fire! PolitiFact Lecture by Amy Sherman"
Downtown Library Hosts Storyteller Jim Gregory
Downtown Library Presents "Life Reflected: Selected Works by Jason Aponte"
Downtown Library Hosts Storyteller Connie Regan-Blake
Friends Receive Grant from IBM for Discover Studio
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 Artist Application, Regulation Agreement, and Waiver of Liability.

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 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.

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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 Board

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:
Donna Bahn
Robert Creighton
Elizabeth Grinnan
Maris Hayashi
Renee McCabe Johnson
Manjunath Pendakur
Diane Sunderland

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