boynton beach city library

Library Policies

Please review our Code of Conduct and view our policies below. We look forward to serving you online 24/7 or in person during regular operating hours.

The Boynton Beach City Library Borrowing Policy was revised in January 2021 to enhance your Library experience. A total of 30* Library items may be borrowed at one time, for a longer period of time. Loan periods, renewals and overdue fines vary by item. An unlimited number of holds may be placed on current Library materials and materials on order. Overdue fines are charged for each borrowed item for each overdue day including Sundays and holidays since other customers have been denied access to these materials. Items returned in the book drop, after business hours, are processed as returned the next business day.

Patrons are asked to present their library card when checking out materials. You are responsible for all materials checked out on your library card. If you lose your library card please notify us immediately to prevent someone else from using it. A replacement fee may be charged for lost cards. Upon checking out, patrons will be given a printed list of borrowed materials and due dates.

Books

  • Number Allowed per Patron: Up to 30*
  • Loan Period in Days: 21
  • Renewals (If not on hold): 3
  • Selected Fees: Replacement fee charges for lost and damaged items or components not returned within a 7-day grace period of the final due date.

Audiobooks

  • Number Allowed per Patron: 5*
  • Loan Period in Days: 21
  • Renewals (If not on hold): 3
  • Selected Fees: Replacement fee charges for lost and damaged items or components not returned within a 7-day grace period of the final due date.

Cameras/Electronic Tablets

  • Number Allowed per Patron: 1*
  • Loan Period in Days: 21
  • Renewals (If not on hold): 3
  • Selected Fees: Replacement fee charges for lost and damaged items or components not returned within a 7-day grace period of the final due date.

Hotspots

  • Number Allowed per Patron: 1*
  • Loan Period in Days: 21
  • Renewals (If not on hold): 1
  • Selected Fees: Replacement fee charges for lost and damaged items or components not returned within a 7-day grace period of the final due date.

Magazines

  • Number Allowed per Patron: Up to 30*
  • Loan Period in Days: 21*
  • Renewals (If not on hold): 3
  • Selected Fees: Replacement fee charges for lost and damaged items or components not returned within a 7-day grace period of the final due date.

DVDs/Blu-Rays

  • Number Allowed per Patron: 7*
  • Loan Period in Days: 14
  • Renewals (If not on hold): 2
  • Selected Fees: Replacement fee charges for lost and damaged items or components not returned within a 7-day grace period of the final due date.

CDs

  • Number Allowed per Patron: Up to 30*
  • Loan Period in Days: 14
  • Renewals (If not on hold): 2
  • Selected Fees: Replacement fee charges for lost and damaged items or components not returned within a 7-day grace period of the final due date.

Laptops

  • Number Allowed per Patron: 1*
  • Loan Period: 3 hours
  • No automatic renewals
  • Selected Fees: Replacement fee charges for items lost and damaged or parts not returned. Fine of $10/hour late in returning it.

*The combined number of borrowed Library items cannot exceed 30 items.

All users must have their valid Boynton Beach City Library card in their possession at the time they sign-in for computer use. Computer use is not transferable. Computer users must use their own card and their own time allotment. Failure to follow this policy will result in the loss of computer access for a time ranging from one session to permanent loss of access, at the discretion of the Library Director, or his designee.

Computer users are granted (2) 90 minute sessions per day, not to exceed 180 minutes per day. Youth computer users are granted two (2) 45 minute sessions per day, not to exceed 90 minutes per day. Users are not allowed to login within 15 minutes of closing time. All computers shutdown 10 minutes before closing. A warning is displayed before shutdown.

Users may use the Library computers and their own personal computers connecting to Wi-Fi access only for legal purposes. Examples of unacceptable uses include but are not limited to the following:

  • Display of sexually explicit or pornographic materials.
  • Libeling, slandering or maliciously offending other users, including harassment of others and violating their privacy.
  • Violation of copyright laws or software licensing agreements.
  • Attempting to crash, degrade performance or gain unauthorized access to Library or any other computer system of network, the unreasonable consumption of system resources. Damaging equipment, software or data belonging to the Library or others.
  • The computer audio volume that disturbs other patrons and other unnecessary noise in the computer areas will not be tolerated. A patron will be given one warning. If the disturbance continues the patron will be asked to leave the library immediately.

Users may not alter any hardware, software, or operating system on any computer. Attempts to circumvent any mechanism put in place by the Library to manage the network will result in user’s immediate loss of computer access. Users may not install their own software.

Computers do not allow users to retain or save any files on the hard drive. Users must provide their own flash drive or CD in order to save data for subsequent sessions. The is not responsible for any loss or damage to any data or storage device resulting from opening, saving, printing or shutdown of the computer.

Users must lock their computer if they leave their computer during a session. To lock the computer, click on the word lock next to the countdown clock at the top of the screen. Your session time will continue to countdown even if the computer is locked. Failure to follow this procedure will mean that the computer will timeout due to inactivity and restart for another user.

External devices, including but not limited to iPhones, iPods, MP3 players, cell phones, are not permitted to be attached to Library computers. Only ear buds, headphones, CDs, and flash drives are permitted. Use of cell phones is prohibited inside the Library, including the Computer Area.

Adults with small children should use the children’s computers. Adults are responsible for keeping their children under control at all times while in the Library. This is not the responsibility of the Library staff.

Boynton Beach City Little Library Policy

The Boynton Beach City Little Library is a free book-sharing box where anyone may take a book or share a book. They function on the honor system. You do not need to share a book in order to take one. If you take a book or two from a little library, please try to bring some to share with that same library, or another in your area, if at all possible.

Staff from the Boynton Beach City Library takes care of basic maintenance such as keeping the Little Library clean, inviting, and stocked, but it is also up to everyone that uses the Little Libraries to help keep it stocked with good reads for adults, teens, and kids.

Library materials that are checked out from the Boynton Beach City Library must not be returned in the Little Libraries. It is not a book return for borrowed library materials. The Library is not responsible for missing items that were placed in the Little Libraries.

Little Library users that wish to donate books should refrain from books that are unkind or inappropriate in nature. This is a public resource that should be respected by all that use this service.

Boynton Beach City Little Libraries are available to the public at Ocean Front Park, Sara Sims Park, and Barrier-Free Park.

The viewpoints, opinions, beliefs, and content of the materials found in the Boynton Beach City Little Libraries do not necessarily represent the viewpoints, beliefs, and opinions of the City of Boynton Beach, the Boynton Beach City Library, or of their elected and appointed officers, officials, employees, and agents.

All persons utilizing the Boynton Beach City Little Libraries and their contents hereby knowingly and freely assume all risks of injury, harm, damage, and loss related to illness and infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, even if arising from any acts or omissions of the City of Boynton Beach, Boynton Beach City Library, or of their elected and appointed officers, officials, employees, and agents.

  • There are two types of quiet study spaces: Study rooms and cubicles. Rooms accommodate single groups of up to 4 people. Cubicles are single person seating spaces.
     
  • All Rooms and cubicle seating are first-come-first served, no registration necessary. Wipes are available for individuals wishing to self-sanitize.
  • These are quiet study areas where silence and courtesy are important. Please be considerate and respectful of others.
     
  • Only adults over the age of 18 may be in any of the study rooms or cubicles.
  • No advance booking is available at this time.
     
  • Study rooms left unattended for more than 10 minutes will be considered abandoned and made available to others; belongings left in the room will be removed to the Lost & Found area and will only be kept for a limited time.
     
  • Anyone needing to use the restrooms must stop by the Research Desk and ask for the study room to be locked. The room will be unlocked upon return, no more than 10 minutes later.
  • Anyone who leaves without informing the Research Desk forfeits the study room.
     
  • Personal belongings and equipment should not be left unattended. The Library is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Study spaces are not transferrable to other library users; they are first come-first-served.
     
  • Please be aware that the study rooms are not soundproof; discussions should take place at a volume that will not disturb others.
     
  • Please use the doorstop to leave the door open when finished with the study room so others can use it.
  • The study rooms and cubicles must be left in a clean and neat condition with nothing left on the tables.
  • Beverages must be in covered containers. Food is not allowed.
  • Tables and chairs may not be moved in or out of the study rooms.
  • Rooms must be vacated 15 minutes prior to library closing.
     
  • Anyone who does not follow these guidelines may be asked to leave for the day.

The Library provides faxing services to the public at the Reference Desk, second floor. The cost is one dollar ($1) per page for domestic only faxing.  

With the exception of laptops, the library will assess replacement fee charges for lost and damaged items or components not returned within a 7-day grace period of the final due date. For laptops, there are replacement fee charges for items lost and damaged, or parts not returned, in addition to a fine of $10 per hour late in returning the laptop.

Items returned in the bookdrop, after business hours, are processed as returned the next business day. Upon checking out, patrons are given a slip with a list of borrowed materials and due dates. Audios, Videocassettes, CDs and DVDs may be returned in the bookdrop.

To reserve library material when you are in the library, either go online to our  catalog, or fill out a white reserve request form. Patrons may have unlimited holds on materials. If you do not have your personal PIN, please ask for it at the circulation desk the next time you are in the library. Holds placed online will be placed in the regular holds queue. If the item is not already checked out, we will pull it from the shelf and call you when it is ready to be picked up. This will usually be done the following morning, so if you are in a hurry for something that is not checked out, give us a call now! (742-6390).

The Library provides photocopy services to the public at the Reference Desk, second floor. The cost is 25 cents per page.

The Library has the necessary equipment for customers to scan documents for free. Bring a flash drive to which the documents can be transferred. Scanning can be done at the Reference Desk, second floor and in the Adult Computer Lab trailer.

The Boynton Beach City Library encourages children to use its facility and services. The safety and behavior of the child in the library, however, lies solely with the parent or guardian or assigned chaperon of that child, and not with library staff.

Teachers are responsible for the conduct of their students while they are in the library for a class visit or tour.

Children must abide by the Code of Conduct of the Boynton Beach City Library. Children who are disruptive and unable to abide by BBCL rules will be asked to leave the library until the next business day.

Boynton Beach City Library Virtual Zone Policies

Guidelines for Use

Virtual Zone Users must have a valid Boynton Beach City Library (BBCL) card and be a high school student in grades 9-12. Permission to use the Zone by recent graduates will be considered on an individual basis upon application, by letter, to the Library Director or his designee.

All users must attend an orientation; review Zone policies; and sign a copy of the User Agreement before they can reserve time to use the Zone.

Users must register to use the Zone at the Youth Services desk using the Zone signup sheet. Normal operating times for the Zone are 3p.m. to 8 p.m. Exception to these times will be posted (including Saturdays).

Use of the Zone is limited to two hours per day. Time may be extended if no one is waiting to use the equipment. If a user requires additional time past their originally reserved time and there is space available, the user may receive additional time in 30-minute increments. A user is considered a no-show if they are 10 minutes late. Their time will be given to another user. of the Zone is limited to four hours per week.

No more than 8 people may use the room at a time.

Computers may be reserved one week in advance on a first come, first served basis.

By agreeing to use the Virtual Zone, users agree not to modify any hardware or software on the Zone computers.

All backpacks, totes, jackets, etc. must be placed in the lockers outside the Zone.

Food and drink are never allowed in the Virtual Zone.

Use of Equipment

BBCL does not accept responsibility if a project is destroyed, does not print correctly, or does not work.

BBCL staff reserve the right to halt, delete, or disallow the creation of items that violate BBCL policy, including creating or accessing pornography or illegal materials.

After users log off the computer, the memory will be cleared. Please be certain to save your work externally. Users must provide for their own external storage. Please consult Youth Services staff for directions.

If a user is having trouble with the equipment, he/she should contact staff at the Youth Services desk. Staff will assist users using resources to the extent that time, duties, and patron demands allow. Staff will investigate the problem but may not be able to fix the problem immediately.

When usage of the equipment/room is complete, all equipment must be placed in its original position and powered off or placed in a standby mode.

BBCL is not responsible for equipment or files left behind by the user.

The Virtual Zone is a creative space. Activities should be focused on the creative process and not game playing. Games can be played on the computers in the Youth Services area.

Violation of the rules and agreements set forth in this policy will result in restricting access to the Virtual Zone and/or the Library.