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.

Allison Grubbs, ​​Division 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.

Jill Sears, Acting Assistant Director​

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​​Jill Sears came to Broward County Library in 2006, where she played a key role in numerous system-wide initiatives. Most recently she was Library Regional Manager for Main Library and the South Cluster. Prior to joining Broward County Library, she worked for Jacksonville Public Library and Clay County Public Library. She earned her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, and her undergraduate degree from the University of Memphis.​