Service Improvements in 2011

Our Best. Nothing Less. Broward County Library intends to be the most rapid service provider, best innovator in service... 

Broward County Library is proud to demonstrate a record of continuous improvement and advancement. Our commitment to service excellence says it all: “Our Best. Nothing Less.” Examples of recent service improvements include:



BCL WoW - Broward County Library Without WallsBCL WoW: Your Library Without Walls – Library Services Anytime, Anywhere
Broward County Library (BCL) introduces BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls, a new concept that brings the electronic services and resources of BCL together in one easy-to-find, easy-to-use location. More...


Young lady listening with her headphones and dancing to music while holding her music player.Free Downloadable Music (Freegal Music) offers free access to songs from Sony Music’s catalog of current and classic artists with thousands of songs from more than 100 music genres. Compatible with most devices, you can download up to 3 songs per week. Once downloaded, they never expire, time-out, or disappear! Just log on to the service with your library card number and PIN (the last 4 digits of your phone number)

Other new services you may be interested in:

Chilton Library is a one-stop source for automotive answers. Car owners, experienced repair technicians, do-it-yourselfers, and students in the automotive trades will find this easy to use no matter the skill level. Repair, maintenance, and specification tables provide critical data on thousands of domestic and imported models of cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs from 1940 onward. Some of the many features include videos and animations showing how to complete repairs, close-up photos and images complementing the text, wiring diagrams, troubleshooting and diagnostic information, and much more. Updated monthly.

Morningstar Investment Research Center offers accurate, up-to-date data on international and domestic STOCKS, FUNDS and ETFs, along with industry and market data, company reports, and Morningstar analysts' independent opinions. Find current and archived issues of popular Morningstar newsletters - Mutual funds, FundInvestor, StockInvestor, ETFInvestor! Expand your financial and investment education with tutorial videos and the Investing Classroom, build and test a portfolio online, access a financial glossary, and much more.

Ancestry Library Edition enables you to search for your ancestors from billions of records including birth, death, immigration, marriage, military records, and the U.S. Census. Has just been expanded to provide access at each of our Regional Libraries, in addition to AARLCC and the Main Library.


Revised Library Hours Bring Sunday Service to Six Regional Libraries Beginning October 2, 2011
Broward County Library will open six regional libraries for Sunday service beginning October 2, 2011, a move which will allow customer access to select Broward County Library locations seven days a week. More...
Amazon Kindle® Now Compatible with Broward County Library’s eBook Collection
Amazon Kindle® users can now download books quickly, easily and at no cost. All that is needed is a Broward County Library card, a Kindle®, a computer with Internet access and an Amazon account. More...


New Databases Offer Live Online Assistance for Students, Job Seekers and
Adult Learners
Through brainfuse, Broward County Library now offers new databases that provide live chat and other assistance for students, job seekers and adult learners through access to Adult Learning Center, HelpNow and JobNow.

Looking for a job? JobNow provides on-demand access to live, expert coaches for every stage of your job search, or get professional assistance in resume/cover letter writing, career coaching and more at Adult Learning Center. Students of all ages can access free tutoring and test-taking practice (SAT/ACT/GED) including language arts, writing, math, foreign language, science and social studies at HelpNow. 


Broward County Library Receives a Gift of Over 500 New Books in Spanish from the City of Medellin, Colombia

Broward County Library Receives a Gift of Over 500 New Books in Spanish from the City of Medellin, Colombia - A reception and program was held at the Main Library in honor of the gift of over 500 new books in Spanish from the City of Medellin, Colombia, in honor of the fifty year Sister City relationship between Medellin and Fort Lauderdale. The gift books, which included many subjects, will be cataloged and distributed to the libraries of the Broward County Library over the next several months. The program at the Main Library was attended by Broward County Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness; Jose Nicolas Duque, President of the City Commission of Medellin; Sheryl Dickey, President of the Broward Public Library Foundation; Marta Jaramillo, The General Consul of Columbia; Medellin Secretary of Culture Luis Miguel Usuga; Bernardo Alejandro Guerra, City of Medellin Commissioner; Monica Perez, Executive Director of the International Cooperation Agency, Carlos E. Restrepo Santamaria, Executive Director of the American Colombian Chamber of Commerce; Sergio Escobar, representative of the Medellin City Commission; Marianne Winnfield, Executive Director of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities; Bob Cannon, Library Director and library staff and guests. Library staff member and librarian Freda Mosquera provided translation services.


“Young At Art Museum” and Broward County Library“Young At Art Museum” and Broward County Library - The new joint use 55,000 sq. ft. “Young At Art Museum” and Broward County Library facility should be open in the late spring of 2012, less than a year away. Construction is progressing well. There will be parking for over 200 cars as well as buses.

The entire facility, with many hands-on and interactive exhibits, crafts, computer technology, books, music, films and many award winning programs for children, teens and families both inside and outside of the building, is valued at over $21 million. It is located along the I-595 corridor in Davie and it will be a LEED (environmentally friendly) certified building.

“Young At Art Museum” and Broward County Library“Young At Art Museum” recently announced that it is one of only six children’s museums in the nation to receive accreditation by the American Association of Museums, an organization that has only granted accreditation to 4.5% of the nation’s 17,500 museums, including forty-nine in Florida and four in Broward County, and including such well-known institutions as The Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Field Museum in Chicago and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

“Young At Art Museum” stands alone in the State of Florida as the only children’s museum to achieve accreditation by the American Association of Museums.

View Young At Art Children's Museum website.


Library Begins Using QR Codes - Broward County Library begins using QR code technology to provide customers with access to free downloadable books, quick information on BCL programs and events and more. QR (Quick Response) codes can be used by anyone with a smart phone (such as an iPhone, Android or Blackberry). Scan the image with your phone’s camera and be directed to a website, photo or video (you need to first download a free scanner app such as QR Scanner or NeoReader). QR codes have been in use since 1994, but are gaining popularity in the U.S. as an efficient way to provide bookmarks to web resources.


Special Collections - The Broward County Library, as well as the Historical Commission, manages, maintains, preserves, catalogs and makes available to the public, many special collections, some of the most unique and rare collections in the nation. See and read about these collections. This brochure was prepared by the collection experts at the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, located in the Main Library, the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center and the Historical Commission.
Sample of Special Collection items


New Dania Beach Branch Library 

New Dania Beach Branch Library Named for long-time library advocate Paul DeMaio and opening Saturday, April 9, the new Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Branch Library, located at 1 Park Avenue East, in Dania Beach next to City Hall, is 10,000 square feet in size and will house a collection of over 40,000 library materials for public use. Along with a Group Study Room and space for the local chapter of the Friends of the Library, the building has a multi-purpose room that can seat 75 people. There will be 24 public Internet access computers for adults and children and the entire facility has wireless access to the Internet as well. The building was funded by the City of Dania Beach and Broward County. An adjacent parking garage was funded by the City. The new library will be visited by approximately 2,400 library customers weekly. Broward County is responsible for the operational costs of the building. The City is responsible for the exterior of the building including the maintenance of the parking facility. The building will be LEED’s certified for energy efficiency
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Digital book devices 

Digital Books Significantly Expanded Broward County Library has significantly expanded its offering of digital books with nearly 13,000 volumes and 9,800 unique titles currently available, including juvenile and young adult. The collection represents many different genres, such as mystery, romance, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, horror, classic literature, biography, self-help, business, humor, history, health, travel, politics, and religion/ spirituality. These digital books are compatible with most computers and portable devices with the exception of the Kindle, which is proprietary to Amazon.


Library E-Book Project The E-Book Project is part of the Libraries Division’s commitment to demonstrate continuous improvement, technological advancement and innovative service delivery. Since 2009, Sony E-Readers have been available for check-out at the North Regional/Broward College and Miramar Libraries, as part of a Broward Public Library Foundation funded pilot program. Based on the success of this project, the Broward Public Library Foundation provided over $10,000 in additional funding for FY2011 to expand the E-Books Project to four more libraries (South Regional, Deerfield Beach, Northwest Regional and West Regional). Two Amazon Kindles, two Barnes & Noble Nooks and two Sony E-Readers are available at each library. The funding will also allow the libraries to download book titles upon request and market the program to the community. If all goes well, it is hoped and planned that the Library E-Book Project will expand. 


Literacy HelpLiteracy Help Center Expansion Grant $278,741 Broward County Library’s Literacy Help Centers (LHC) address the challenges posed by the swelling numbers of adults and children requesting literacy assistance, English language learning programs and computer access. The LHC’s provide an environment for underserved area youth and adults that offers literacy improvement opportunities and increases use of and access to computer technology. At each site, one part-time certified Literacy Coordinator manages the program on site, assists students in Grades K-12 with homework, provides enhanced literacy and English language programs for adults, and provides youth and adults with computer technological instruction. The pilot LHC was developed in early 2009 at the Lauderhill Towne Centre Library with funds from the Ann Jacobs Trust and was expanded to four additional sites (African-American Research Library, Tyrone Bryant, Davie/Cooper City and Sunrise Dan Pearl) thru an LSTA grant in FY 2010. The project has been expanded again to four more sites (Lauderhill Mall, North Regional, Tamarac and West Regional) thanks to another $278,741 in LSTA funds for FY 11, bringing the total number of Literacy Help Centers to nine. Grant funds provide support in the form of part-time Literacy Coordinators, laptop computers, and educational software. This access to technology and literacy programming is critical to providing these communities adequate opportunities to develop the skills vital to academic and economic success.


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