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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
Computer Use Internet Use Policy
Printing and Photocopying Rules of Conduct
Art in Public Places Study Room Use
Strategic Planning Process Unattended Children Guidelines
Library Advisory Board 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.


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 Get 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 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.

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

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
  • Holds not picked up: $0.40 each
Overdue, Lost, Damaged 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
  • 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)

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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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 of Boca Raton Ordinance (Article III, Division 8) regarding the Library Advisory Board.

Openings for Library Advisory Board Members: 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 Advisory Board:
Robert Creighton
Elizabeth Grinnan
Renee McCabe Johnson
Manjunath Pendakur
(3 vacancies)

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