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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 get a Library Card Free Literature Display Guidelines
Borrowing, Loan Periods, and Fees/Fines Interlibrary Loan Guidelines
Art in Public Places Internet Use Policy
Strategic Planning Process Blue-green sphereRules of Conduct
Library Advisory Board Study Room Use
  Unattended Children Guidelines
  Wireless Internet Use Guidelines


Locations, Telephone Number, and Hours

The Boca Raton Public Library has two locations to serve you. The Downtown Library is located at 400 NW 2nd Ave., and the Spanish River Library is located at 1501 NW Spanish River Blvd. View a map of the Library's locations. The Library's main telephone number is (561) 393-7852.

Hours:

Downtown Library

  • Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 noon - 6:00 p.m.

Spanish River Library

  • Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 noon - 6:00 p.m.

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How to Get a Library Card

City of Boca Raton residents who wish to APPLY for or RENEW a Library Card 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.

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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)
  • Audio Books (CD)

14 Days

  • New Books
  • Rental Books
  • Youth Services Holiday Books
  • CD-ROMs
  • Compact Discs
  • Video Games

7 Days

  • DVDs:
    • Feature Films
    • Foreign Films
    • Television Programs
    • Ready Rental
    • Nonfiction
    • Youth Services
  • New "No Holds/Renewals" titles

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!

Fees/Fines
Borrowing Fees
  • Interlibrary Loans: $4.00 each (covers shipping and handling)
  • Best Seller Book Rental: $1.00 each
  • Feature Film DVDs: $1.00 each
  • Foreign Film DVDs: $1.00 each
  • Games: $1.00 each
  • Holds not picked up: $0.40 each
Overdue, Lost, Damaged Fines
  • Overdue Books, Compact Discs: $0.40 per day, $20.00 maximum
  • Overdue DVDs, Games, CD-ROMs: $2.00 per day, $20.00 maximum
  • Best Seller Books Rentals: $1.00 per day, $20.00 maximum (cannot be renewed)
  • Lost or Damaged items: Replacement cost of the item at the time of purchase, plus a processing fee of $10.00 (covers our costs for acquiring, cataloging, and processing a replacement item; we are unable to accept replacements purchased by the patron)

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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 following documents:

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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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 Advisory Board

The Library Advisory board makes recommendations to the City Council concerning the management and operation of the Boca Raton Public Library. View the City Ordinance regarding the Library Advisory Board.

Current members of the Library Advisory Board:
Catherine Greene
Elizabeth Grinnan
Michael Liss
Wendy Paley

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