About Main Library

The Main Library has the largest variety of research materials in the Library System. Due to its expansive research services and collection, the Main Library provides services to the neighborhood and the county. It is also an inviting community gathering space.

Service Area

North to Belvedere Road, south to 10th Avenue North, west to Jog Road, and east to the city limits of West Palm Beach. This area has a population of over 100,000. Due to its information services and collection, the Main Library is heavily used by citizens both inside and outside the Taxing District.

History of the Branch

The Main Library opened to the public in 1972, serving as both the central library for the county and as the administrative headquarters. The library has undergone two expansions and two renovations over the last 30 years, increasing the building size to more than 25,000 square feet. The Main Library celebrated its 40th year of operation in November 2012.

  • Opened in 1972: 6,000 square feet. public service area.
  • Expanded in 1978 to a 21,900 square feet. public service area.
  • Expanded in 1994 to a 31,900 square feet. public service area.
  • This 46,480 square feet. County-owned building also houses the Library System headquarters.
Adam Davis Branch Manager (561) 233-2600
3650 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Book-A-Librarian

Sessions last 30 min
By Appointment
Attention in Areas of:
-Technology Training-E-reader-Research Assistance-Genealogy-Health

Special Services of the Main Library

  • Extensive business resource center
  • Computer-training offering hands-on training classes.
  • CreationStation digital media studio
  • Government Research Service (GRS)
  • Genealogy Research Service
  • Consumer Health Information Service
  • The Audubon Collection built in collaboration with the Audubon Society of the Everglades Inc.
  • Books in Spanish and other foreign languages
  • Staff members who are fluent in Spanish & Haitian Creole
  • A Library science collection for those studying to become librarians
  • Self-service fax machine (outgoing only)
    • To U.S., Canada and the Caribbean
      • $1.75 for the first page.
      • $1.00 for each additional page.
    • International
      • $3.95 for the first page.
      • $3.45 for each additional page.
    • Pay by credit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express or Discover) or prepaid fax card. No coin box.

Public Computers

  • 7 catalog computers to search for materials; one is in the children’s section
  • 36 Public internet computers with Microsoft Office
  • 12 Public internet and Microsoft Office computers in the computer lab
  • 9 public internet computers with Microsoft Office in the teen section
  • 8 public internet computers in the children’s section

Public adult and children's computers shut down 15 minutes before the branch closes.

Palm Tran QUIK Pass

  • Unlimited 31-Day Pass (Full)
    • $70.00
  • Unlimited 31-Day Pass (Reduced)
    • $55.00

Features

Teen Section
Family Restroom
7 Study Rooms
Meeting Room that Seats 80
Summit Room that Seats 30
Comfortable Seating & Reading Tables
Electrical Connections for Charging
Color/Black & White Copiers
Self-Service Options
Exterior Book Drop
Automated Sorting Equipment
Free Wi-Fi & Internet Access
Birding Backpack
Art in Public Places Mural “Books on a Library Floor” by Suzi K. Edwards
The Palm Beach County Genealogical Society Library has office hours Mon – Fri from 10 am-4 pm

Library Merchandise

  • Flash Drives (2GB): $5
  • Tote Bags: $1
  • Ear Buds: $5

Staff Suggestions

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