Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes defines 'Public Records' to mean all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, films, sound recordings, or other material, regardless of physical form or characteristics or the means of transmission, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by any agency. Chapter 119 provides that public records must be open to inspection by 'any person' with the exception of those designated exemptions detailed in Chapter 119 and other state statutes.
To request verbally, call 561-233-2702 and ask for Wendy Stacy during regular business hours of 8 am – 5 pm.
To request in writing, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
Palm Beach County Library System
3650 Summit Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33406
Fees for public records are as follows:
Electronic records - No charge
Single-sided copies - $0.15 each
Double-sided copies - $0.20 each
True copy certification (under Notary Seal) - $1 per certification
Postage - By weight and delivery type
Special Charge - If a request requires extensive clerical or supervisory assistance or a review by legal staff, then a special labor charge will be imposed.
Payment for public records shall be collected before the materials are released or made available for inspection. You will be notified once estimated costs have been determined.
Florida law states that an agency must respond within a “limited reasonable time.” This is the time it takes to review the request, search, retrieve, and process records for release. Some requests may only take a few minutes while others may take weeks. The length of time it takes largely depends on activity, volume, and scope but the Palm Beach County Library System is committed to providing requested records as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Florida law requires that we post the following statement:
"Under Florida law, email addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing." The Palm Beach County Library System regrets any inconvenience this may cause.