Get a Library Card

Join the Palm Beach County Library System and tap into a world of endless possibilities! Residents of Palm Beach County, including residents of many municipalities within the county, can apply for their free Library card at their favorite Palm Beach County Library System branch. Additionally, children living or attending a Palm Beach County School may also apply for a free card. Get Started today!

What you need

You can get a library card at any of our locations with photo identification and proof of current address. For address verification, bring one of the following:

Proof of Current Address

  • Florida driver's license.
  • Florida voter’s registration card.
  • Rental receipt, lease, or deed.
  • Postmarked mail (must be accompanied by ID verifying name).
  • Vehicle registration.
  • Checks imprinted with name and address.
  • Vehicle insurance card.
  • Condo ID with address.
  • Palm Beach County tax bill with library tax included.

Who can get a Library card?

If you live in the municipalities below or any unincorporated area of the county, you can register for a free Library card!

List of 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 Wellington Westlake


List of cities in the Library Cooperative of the Palm Beaches

Boynton Beach Delray Beach Lake Park
Lake Worth Beach Lantana North Palm Beach
Palm Springs Riviera Beach West Palm Beach

What you get

Enjoy these amazing perks when you sign up for a Palm Beach County Library Card:

  • Access to robust databases including a Gale Compendium.

  • Access to newspapers and magazine, as well as historical newspapers spanning back over 100 years!

  • Access to streaming services such as hoopla, cloudLibrary and Freegal.

  • Access to life long learning services such as Udemy to learn new skills, Transparent Language to learn a second language and free tutoring through

  • Access to our Bookmobile and permission to use our Library Book Vending Machine.

  • Access to Birding Backpacks, STEM Kits, Hot Spots and more!

Printable Applications

Print and complete an application; bring it to any branch of the Palm Beach County Library System with proof of current address and receive a library card with full borrowing privileges.

Common Questions

  • As of Oct 01, 2019, the Palm Beach County Library System no longer charges late fines on materials that are overdue. Our mission is to provide open access to information and materials.

    Materials returned damaged will be billed for the replacement cost of the item. Materials lost or not returned to the library will be billed for the replacement cost of the item. If you return the lost item, the bill will be canceled.

    • Loan periods have not changed. Return items within seven days after the final due date to avoid replacement charges.
    • Any items that you have checked out will automatically renew up to three times if there are no holds.
  • Effective October 1st, 2019: If your library account has accumulated fees exceeding $24.99, you may no longer borrow materials (including electronic resources such as cloudLibrary e-books), or place holds. You may pay for fees using our Online Payment System. Payments made online are immediately credited to your library account. Once you pay off all outstanding fees, borrowing privileges will be immediately restored. 

  • Visit any Palm Beach County Library location to pick up and sign your new Library card. You will need to present a valid photo ID and proof of current residential address. Children and teens under 16 must have a parent or guardian present to obtain a Library card. The child or teen must be present when applying, or the parent or guardian must provide a birth certificate, report card, school document, school or state issued ID, or an insurance card for the child.

  • Your account will be charged the full replacement cost for the item. If the amount owed on your account is above $24.99 your account will be blocked. If accrued fees exceed $49.99 your account will be sent to a collection agency after 90 days.
  • The Library takes every step possible to protect your credit card information so you can pay with confidence. Our Online Payment System uses current technology and industry standards such as PCI compliance for both our customers and bank credit card processing. Your credit card and identity information are secure with us. 

    Data Encryption

    The Online Payment process uses servers and Internet connections that are secured using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer). SSL is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between library services and your web browser. Additionally, the Library never retains or stores your credit card information.

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