About Us

Welcome to the Broward County Library!

    • ​Our 38 branch locations cover more than one million square feet, host over 10 million visitors and circulate nine million items annually.
    • Broward County Library has more than one million library card holders who can choose from over three million library materials for public use. The library receives 90,000 requests for items on hold each month.
    • Our customers have access to Broward County Library's entire collection, with the option of picking up and returning materials at any Broward County Library location. There is a Main Library in downtown Fort Lauderdale, five regional libraries (two are located on Broward College campuses), and a host of branches and reading centers throughout the community.
    • The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center is one of only a few such specialized libraries in the country. It features a museum, art gallery, special collections vault and state-of-the-art auditorium.

Broward County Library is your window to a world of learning, opportunity, education, and more! We invite you to visit the library, in person or online, and explore the wealth of cultural, educational and recreational opportunities that await.

Our Mission

To provide convenient access to a full range of innovative and cost-effective services that satisfy the changing needs of the people of Broward County for information, education and recreation.

Our Vision

Broward County Libraries Division will be the model of the 21st Century Library: Innovative, Creative, Flexible, Inspiring, and Resource Full.

Strategic Business Plan

Libraries Division Strategic Business Plan FY 2014-2016 (PDF)

Kelvin Watson, Director of Broward County Libraries

Kevin Watson

Kelvin Watson
is the Broward County Libraries Director as of February 26, 2017. His prior position was the Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President for Queens Library in New York City, which serves 2.3 million people and circulates among the highest numbers of books and other library materials in the country. Watson is credited with innovative community outreach to establishments who have not been active patrons of the library system such as community centers, hospitals and jails. His background in addressing the digital divide has helped patrons understand how to use technology and realize how impactful these tools can be in their lives.

“It is an honor for me to be named Broward County Libraries Director,” says Watson. “My role as Director is to ensure that our customers always receive the very best service possible from our resourceful and helpful staff.  I am dedicated to continuing the innovative customer service and programing, where every encounter is both a pleasant and rewarding experience.”

Laura Connors, Assistant Director of Broward County Libraries

Laura ConnersLaura Connors is a familiar face to library customers throughout Broward. She has spent the last 25 years of her 38-year career in Broward County Libraries, serving at numerous library locations.

Ms. Connors’ professional experience at Broward County Libraries includes serving as Associate Director for Public Services; Assistant Regional Library Manager at the Northwest Regional Library and the Southwest Regional Library; Branch Library Manager at Deerfield Beach Percy White and West Atlantic branches; and as a public service librarian at Main Library and several regional libraries.

It was at Main Library that Ms. Connors had the distinction of being the first Adult Reference Services Trainer for the Libraries Division, offering classes and workshops to staff. Her special areas of expertise are library instruction, customer service, collection development and electronic resources. As Assistant Director of Broward County Libraries Division, Ms. Connors oversees the daily operations of the Library’s 38 branches.

​Prior to relocating to Florida, Ms. Connors worked for several library systems in the Midwest. She earned a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Missouri. She is a member of the Florida Library Association and the Urban Libraries Council.