|The Dianne & Michael Bienes Special Collections |
BROWARD COUNTY MAIN LIBRARY
100 S Andrews Ave
, FL 33301
Phone: 954-357-8692 or 954-357-8243
Web Address: http://www.broward.org/Library/Bienes/Pages/Default.aspx
Broward County Library’s Bienes Museum of the Modern Book is a state-of-the-art facility where rare books and special collections are housed, preserved and shared in conjunction with a space for related lectures, programs and exhibitions.
The Museum was made possible through the generosity of Fort Lauderdale philanthropists Dianne and Michael Bienes. Support was also provided by a grant from the Broward Public Library Foundation with additional funding from the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council.
Special Collections and Rare Books
The Bienes Museum of the Modern Book: The Dianne and Michael Bienes Special Collections and Rare Book Library offers a collection of more than 12,000 items, including special collections, rare books and reference material. The majority of the holdings are locked in a humidity and temperature-controlled storage area. The librarian on duty in the reading room provides reference service and retrieves material for visitors to the Center.
Using the Collection
Materials in the collection are accessible in the reading room at the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book: The Dianne and Michael Bienes Special Collections and Rare Book Library, but are not available for checkout. In order to use the material, patrons are requested to present a photo I.D., sign a guest book, store personal belongings in a provided locker and take their requests to the librarian, who will retrieve the items. Any photocopies are made by the librarian on duty.
Broward County Main Library
The 8,300 square-foot facility was designed by Fort Lauderdale architect Donald Singer. The stained-glass entry piece, titled Passages, was created by Shelley Jurs as a Broward County Public Art and Design project. Elements of the glass design were inspired by Celtic knotwork images from The Book of Kells, a ninth century Irish work represented in facsimile at the center.
Within the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book: The Dianne and Michael Bienes Special Collections and Rare Book Library is a conference room that seats 24 people, the ceremonial room which includes an audio-visual center for use during lectures and programs, several display areas and a reading room.
Average Number of Annual Visitors: 2,000
Gallery Space: 2,00sqft
Number of Shows Annually: 3 - 4