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:
OverDrive Media Station Now @ Main Library!
Visit Main Library
and check out the new OverDrive Media Station, a freestanding kiosk located on the second floor that allows you to explore BCL’s digital collection while at the library and become familiar with downloading free eBooks from the library. Browse the digital collection, sample titles and send those titles to any device for checkout via text message (SMS), email or QR code. At the Media Console, you can browse the top 100 most popular library titles, titles recently added to BCL’s collection, titles for children and teens, and collections of titles by subject or language. Use the onscreen keyboard to filter results quickly and easily.
OverDrive v3.2 App Update Makes Downloading Free eBooks Even Easier
A new, updated Overdrive app for Android, iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch) and Windows 8 is now available to Broward County Library customers, with features that make it even simpler to access and download the 1,000s of great titles.
The new version eliminates the Adobe Authorization step from the app installation process—one of library customers’ most frequently requested enhancements!
First-time users will now be prompted to create an OverDrive account. There is no change for existing users, even when they update OverDrive’s newest version. Customers under 13 can anonymously authorize the OverDrive app without creating an account. Another new feature is the ability to return Open EPUB titles before the end of their lending period; all formats that the app supports can now be returned before expiration.
Virtual Library Cards
Broward County Library cards have gone virtual! Broward County Library’s BCL WoW mobile app
is used by thousands of library customers to quickly and easily search for materials, place holds and locate the closest Broward County Library as well as find free library events and classes. Now, customers can also use the app as a virtual library card – no more lost library cards! The new feature allows customers to use the app to check out materials using their smart phone or tablet. Simply open the app, click on “My Account” and enter a library card number, last name on the account and PIN (last four digits of the phone number connected to the account). Once credentials have been entered, My Account will show an option called “Library Card: Show card for scanning.” Tap the option to reveal the library card bar code for your library card, which will be displayed vertically. The app also provides a checkbox at the bottom of that screen to save this information. Customers then can simply show the virtual library card to the librarian at the circulation desk to check out items.
To download the BCL WoW app, please visit BCL WoW - Broward County Library Without Walls
Broward County Library Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary
In 1974, Broward County Libraries Division was first established as part of Broward County government. With four small branches - Fort Lauderdale, Riverland, Mizell and Hollywood - and a collection of 270,000 books, Broward County Libraries Division was formed. Since then, the Division has grown and evolved: Our 39 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. More...
1974-2014: Forty Years of Learning, Reading and Exploring at Broward County Library
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Free Music Downloads Increased
Customers can now download six free songs weekly instead of the previous five. In addition to downloading music, you can also access free music videos from your library. Video downloads count as two of the weekly allotments. Select from thousands of songs and artists and get more free music than ever.
The Creation Station Goes National
The Creation Station at Main Library was one of four United States libraries recognized in a press release on Whitehouse.gov announcing the first ever White House Maker Faire. The press release notes efforts nationwide by both the private and public sector to promote vital skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and lead a grassroots renaissance in American manufacturing, including BCL’s own Creation Station.
New eReading Room for Youth
Children and teens now have their own eReading “room.” The main digital eBook collection now has a separate site to provide a safe and easy browsing for both children and teens and young adults. This appealing and user-friendly page contains eBooks and audiobooks, and browsing can be done by subject, reading level or interest level. Visitors to the Kids or Teen eReading Rooms can also browse through new eBook and audiobooks or check out the latest Sunshine State Readers. The Kids and Teen eReading Rooms filter the overall digital collection to show just children and young adult content, which gets youth to the titles they want faster.
Julie Hunter Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Former Broward County Libraries Division Associate Director of Public Services, Julie Hunter, received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Florida Library Association. The honor, which was awarded to a librarian with a longstanding, distinguished record of professional achievements and accomplishments, will be presented to Hunter on May 9, 2014 at the Florida Library Association's 2014 Conference in Buena Vista, Florida. Hunter retired from Broward County Libraries in July 2013 after 47 years of distinguished library service. More...
Broward County Libraries Mean Business!
Broward County Libraries (BCL) is always a great business resource, but 2014 will be something special. Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief has declared that in 2014 the emphasis for Broward County agencies will be on business in Broward – and Broward County Libraries is ready. In addition to the wide range of business assistance and support services that Broward County Libraries currently provides, 2014 will bring a host of business-related programs workshops and seminars throughout the year, as well as special events in celebration of Small Business Month in May and Women’s Small Business Month in November.
Let’s Go with Destination Fridays!
Destination Fridays launches with a New-Orleans-style festival at the African-American Library and Cultural Center. This new tradition from BCL is similar to First Friday events held throughout the country, but with a destination-focused twist. The new series of after-hours, over-21 events offers opportunities to network, have fun and also to learn about new places, obtain travel bargains and possibly win tickets to different destinations.
Other Scheduled Destination Fridays include:
- March 2014 – South Africa
- April 2014 – Paris
- June 2014 – Brazil
- September 2014 – Greek Isles
- October 2014 – Ghana, Africa
The Creation Station: What Will You Create?
The first Creation Station, a makerspace and gadget lab, has its soft opening at Main Library. The Main Library Creation Station represents the democratization of design, engineering, fabrication and education for all residents of Broward County. It offers a community center with tools that enable individuals to design, prototype and make 3D items and features cutting-edge technology including 3D printers, allowing anyone to become a creator, innovator, designer or engineer.
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