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Welcome to the Broward County Library!
 
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.

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)

Our Director

Skye Patrick, Director of Broward County Libraries Division

Skye Patrick is the Director of Broward County Libraries Division. She assumed her position on April 29, 2013, and brought with her a wealth of experience in library management. Most recently, Patrick served as Assistant Director at the Queens Public Library, where she managed 20 branch locations in that system.

In making the announcement, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry said, “Ms. Patrick brings with her a wide range of experience in many facets of library administration and management, including electronic services, programming, community outreach, staff training and budgeting. I look forward to working with her as a member of our management team.”

"I feel honored and very fortunate to have been chosen to serve the people of Broward County and lead its library division," says Patrick. "Broward County Library has a wonderful reputation for providing innovative and outstanding services to its customers. I am eager to not only continue that tradition but to also foster service improvements by addressing the ever-changing information, education and recreation needs of the public. It is with great enthusiasm that I join the Broward County team."

Ms. Patrick’s professional experience also includes working as a youth services librarian, a branch manager and a web services designer for San Francisco Public Library, as well as her work as Assistant Director of Queens Public Library. She is a member of the American Library Association and the Public Library Association.

Previous accomplishments include planning and overseeing library renovations, creating staff training for customer service, collection development and policy and procedure at Queens Public Library as well as creating a content management system for San Francisco Public Library. She has also volunteered with the Sandy Relief Action/Libraries Without Borders, handing out much-needed supplies to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Ms. Patrick earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Northern Michigan University and her master’s degree in library and information sciences from the University of Pittsburgh.

 

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