Hidden gems in South Florida, your Public Libraries!

Not your parents public library….gone are the days of card catalogues, and stern librarians « shushing, » South Floridians have historically supported our public library systems with private and public funding to make sure our residents have access to information, education, and culture.  One of our favorite places on earth, and highly recommended when you first become either a permanent or seasonal resident of the Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches is to visit your local public library right away!

In St. Lucie County, Any resident of St. Lucie County, along with students who attend school in the County and owners of businesses in the County, can get a free library card by filling out and signing a Library Card Application and presenting it along with proof of residency and a photo ID at any St. Lucie County library.  Children between the ages of 4 and 13 must have their parent’s or responsible adult’s signature on the card application.  Non-county residents must pay an annual fee of $15.00 to obtain a library card.  Additional information is available on the Library Cards and Circulation page.  Apply online by clicking here.

In Martin County, Residents: Select Apply for a Library Card or visit your local location with proof of residency.  Non-Residents: Review Library Circulation Information for fees and select Apply for a Library Card or visit your local location.  A library card provides access not only to the books, audio books, DVDs, and CDs shared throughout the Martin County Libraries, it also grants access to e-Books, millions of articles, books from libraries throughout Florida, and other reliable information online.  Cards are free to residents, property owners, and business owners of Martin County.  All that is required to obtain a library card is proof of residency such as a driver’s license with a local address, voter’s registration card, Florida state identification card, or a Martin County tax bill. Every three years, we will confirm your residency and update your contact information.  Apply online by clicking here.

In Palm Beach County If you live in the Palm Beach County Library District you can get a free library card.  The Palm Beach County Library District is a special taxing district that provides library services to unincorporated areas of the County and the following municipalities: Atlantis, Belle Glade, Briny Breezes, Cloud Lake, Glen Ridge, Greenacres, Haverhill, Hypoluxo, Juno Beach, Jupiter, Jupiter Inlet Colony, Lake Clarke Shores, Loxahatchee Groves, Mangonia Park, Ocean Ridge, Pahokee, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Shores, Royal Palm Beach, South Bay, South Palm Beach, Tequesta (Palm Beach County residents), Wellington, and Westlake.

Residents of cities in the Library Cooperative also receive free cards.  The Library Cooperative of the Palm Beaches includes: The Palm Beach County Library System, Boynton Beach City Library, Delray Beach Public Library, Lake Park Public Library, Lake Worth Public Library, Lantana Public Library, North Palm Beach Library, Palm Springs Public Library, Riviera Beach Public Library, and West Palm Beach Public Library.  In short, if you live in unincorporated Palm Beach County or one of the cities listed above, you are eligible for a free card. Children under 18 can get a card with a parent or guardian’s identification and signature. All children, from birth through age 17, living in Palm Beach County can get free child library cards.  The parent or guardian may choose to allow the child to borrow all DVDs and streaming videos or restrict access to only DVDs and streaming videos from the Children’s Collection.

Use your card at any branch in the Palm Beach County Library System.  Most cards are good for three years. When your card expires, please visit any Palm Beach County Library location with photo ID and proof of current residential address to renew your card.  There is a $1 charge to replace lost, damaged, or stolen cards.  If you do not live in unincorporated Palm Beach County of one of the cities listed above, you can buy a one-year card for $95 or $55 for six-months. Apply online by clicking here.

With your library card you can borrow books, DVDs, CDs, and so much more!  Local branches have their own calendar of events where your library card will admit you to lecture series, concerts, and educational opportunities. All three counties have several online services where you can download music, register for classes, enjoy streaming video, as well as e-books, and audiobooks. One of our favorite services in the online database provided by the Palm Beach Public Library where you can search magazine and newspaper articles using your library card. Definitely NOT your parents’ public library!

Have fun South Florida!

We hope you found some of these tips helpful, we here at Water Pointe Realty Group just love to share helpful and interesting information, and assist potential new residents and potential sellers discover that being a Floridian is a unique lifestyle.  We are looking forward to communicating with our past, present and future clients from the Port St. Lucie, Palm City, Stuart, Sewalls Point, Jupiter, and the Tequesta areas and beyond.

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Article by: Jeannie M. Ferrara