Using the Library

Getting a Library Card

If you are over 18, you need to bring in a current photo ID. Acceptable ID would include a driver's license, state-issued ID card, passport, immigration card, etc. and it must be current (not expired). Out-of-state driver's licenses and foreign passports are acceptable. You must also bring along a current, non-expired second piece of documentation to verify your Broward County address. Examples of this include:

  • FPL bill
  • Utility bill
  • Vehicle registration
  • Voter's registration

If you are 16-17 years old, you are able to get a library card with your school photo ID and proof of local address. Children under 16 must come in with a parent or guardian to get a library card. You can get your own card as soon as you can print your full name.

What You Can Check Out

  • Books: 3-week loan period
  • DVDs: 3-week loan period
  • Audio books: 3-week loan period 
  • Music CDs: 3-week loan period
  • Children's Playaway Launchpad tablet: 1 can be checked out at a time for a 1-week loan period

Certain restrictions and late fees apply, please check with the library for details.

Public Computer Use

The library has 23 computers equipped with business applications and Internet access for public use. Printing is available for a nominal charge. Patrons have 3 hours of use per day. Please note that the computers shut down 30 minutes prior to the library's closing time each day, but mobile printing services are still available. Learn more about mobile printing here

There are 4 computers in our Teen area that can be used by children or teens. Please see library staff at the Information Desk to be assigned one of these computers and issued a keyboard and mouse.

An adult computer work station is located in our Youth Services area so that an adult with a small child can use a computer in a child-friendly area. Adults must be accompanied by a child to use this service.

WiFi is available throughout the building. Our well-equipped library features comfortable study carrels with electrical outlets that are perfect for laptop use.

While library staff can assist you with signing onto a computer, locating a website, research strategies, or printing, computer use is deemed as self-service. If you are unable to use a computer, please bring someone with you who can assist you or contact our Adult Services Librarian at 954-630-4374 to find out when our next beginner computer class series will be held.

Community Meeting Room

The library has one meeting room available for community use:

  • The Marie H. Wright Meeting Room accommodates approximately 50 people and has a laptop, projector, amplified lectern, cable TV, 12 tables and plenty of chairs to allow for flexible set-up and multipurpose use.

The meeting room is available during regular library hours and is subject to availability and terms of use. Please call 954-630-4373 to confirm availability and to determine if your group meets the usage qualifications.

Item Requests

Did you know that you can request books, movies, CDs, and CD-Books that the library doesn't currently own? While there are some limitations, in most cases, the library will either purchase or InterLibrary Loan the item for you. You can make these requests by either filling out a request card in the library (ask for one at the Circulation Desk) or online. To make your request online, go to the library's catalog. For instructions on how to make the request, take a look at this tutorial.

Searching the Library Catalog

Did you know that you can search the library's catalog to see if the library has an item you want? If you don't know how to do that, check out this tutorial.

Placing Holds Online

After you've found the item you want, you can place the item on hold whether it's checked out to another patron or on the shelf. Check out this tutorial for instructions on how to do it using your library card. You will not be able to place an item on hold if it is located in "Cataloging" as it's not quite ready for check-out. In those cases, please feel free to reach out to the library and staff can override the system and place you on hold for the item.

Renewing Materials Online

Did you know you can also renew your materials online? As long as nobody else is on hold for the item and you haven't hit your renewal limit, you can do this through the library's catalog. Check out this tutorial for more information on how to do it.