The Village Public Library provides materials, services, and programs for community residents of all ages providing personal enrichment enjoyment, and meeting educational needs. The Library has a special mission to children and their parents to encourage a love of reading and learning.
The North Palm Beach Library opened on Saturday, October 4th, 1969. Administration of the Library is vested in the Library Manager under the direction of the Director of Leisure Services who oversees Parks and Recreation and Libraries. A Library Advisory Committee, consisting of appointees from The Village of North Palm Beach, advises their Village Council on library issues. The North Palm Beach Library is a member of The Library Cooperative of the Palm Beaches which entitles the Library to apply for and receive State Aid to Library Grants.
Facility: The Village of North Palm Beach Public Library is a two-story building consisting of 24,893 square feet. The upper level houses the adult materials collection, the circulation desk, a Florida collection, a Large Print alcove, Computers, the Manager's office, and staff area. The lower level houses the children's material collection, a Young Adult Room, a staff office, the Obert Multi-Purpose Room, and Bob's Garage Multi-Purpose Room.
Collections: There are over 50,000 items in the North Palm Beach Library. Formats include print books, large print, DVD, books on CD, e-books, e-audio books, print magazines, electronic magazines, hotspots, and newspapers. For FY2022 the library circulated 77,461 items.
Programs and Services: The North Palm Beach Library is open 56 hours per week, six days per week. Staff purchases, enters and maintains books and materials into the permanent collection, and periodically purges outdated or worn materials for sale at the annual book sale. Staff processes all borrower registrations and requests and handles oversight of the on-site meeting room. Library programs are scheduled throughout the year and include story times, author lectures, book discussions, and other special events.
The Library also offers a variety of reference services including simple inquiries, research assistance, and inter-library loans of materials not in the collection. The adult and children's library have an electronic catalog tablet and self-checkout machines. In the Computer area, there are six computers available for public use, a Toshiba printer and scanner, and wireless printing options. All of the computers have genealogy, Microsoft Office, language learning, and Internet access.
Staff: There are fifteen (15) staff members (7FTE) in the Library; three are librarians with a Master's Degree in Library Science that is recognized by the American Library Association.
Financial Resources: Funding for the Library system comes from a combination of local government funds, State Aid to Public Libraries grant funds, and donations.