About BCL

Welcome to the Broward County Library!

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 38 branch locations cover more than one million square feet, host over 10 million visitors and circulate nine million items annually.
  • We have over 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.
Our collection has been funded in part under the provisions of the State Aid to Libraries Grant program, which is administered by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services.

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.

Kelvin Watson, Director of Broward County Libraries

Broward County Library Director Kelvin 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 programming, where every encounter is both a pleasant and rewarding experience.”

Allison Grubbs, Assistant Director

Allison Grubbs
Allison Grubbs comes to the Broward County Libraries Division from Washington State where she led Public Services at the Timberland Regional Library, which has a jurisdiction of five counties. Ms. Grubbs brings more than a decade of public library experience. In her most recent leadership role, she worked closely with staff, local officials and community stakeholders to develop new projects and services for the public. While at Timberland Regional Library, she provided leadership and direction for 27 libraries located across 7,000 square miles. Ms. Grubbs earned her Masters of Library and Information Science from Valdosta State University and completed her undergraduate studies at North Georgia College and State University.