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Brevard County Libraries FAQs
Click a category below to quick jump for FAQs for that category:
• How do I search your catalog?
and scroll to the "Classic" "Discovery" or "Kid's" option. You can also click the "Card Catalog" link on the green navigation menu. • How do I reserve a title? Click here
to reserve an item in the Brevard County Library Card Catalog.
• What are the policies regarding accessing the Internet at the Library?
If you are a minor, your parent must sign an Internet Use Permission Form to allow you to access the Internet.
The wireless, internet and computer use policies and disclaimers for Brevard County libraries can be found below:
• What do I need to do to use a library computer?
Use a self-service kiosk to sign up to use a PC, or ask for assistance at the closest Reference or Youth Services Desk. If you are a minor, your parent must sign an Internet Use permission form to allow you to access the Internet.
• Does the library have computers I can use to check my e-mail?
• Do I need a library card to use the computers?
Internet access is free to Brevard County Library cardholders. Non residents may purchase a one-time use Internet guest pass for $1.00.
• Can I use my wireless laptop in the library?
• Where is my library located?
to see a list of all our library locations. • What days and times is my library open?
to see a list of all our library locations and hours.
• On which holidays do the Brevard County libraries close?
Generally speaking, the Brevard County libraries are closed on the following holidays:
• Where can I find information on upcoming library programs?
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Veteran's Day
- Day after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Eve Holiday
For events at a particular library, click the desired library from the "Visit your Brevard County Library Today" list in the right column of this page. From that library's sub-site, click the link to view that library's Event Calendar, located in the right column on the page. To view all Brevard County library events
in a master calendar, click here
or click the "Libraries Event Calendar" link on the left green navigation menu. • How can I contact the Libraries? View a list of libraries
with specific contact information. • How can I make a suggestion for purchase?
Contact Adult Services at your
local library. • How can I apply for a job at the Library? Brevard County Government Job Opportunities
, including all positions with Brevard County Libraries, will be available on the county website.
• Who governs the Library and is responsible for making Library policy?
The Brevard County Libraries Board is an advisory board created by the Board of County Commissioners under Chapter 70, Section 36 and Chapter 230, Section 52 of the Code of Ordinance of Brevard County, Florida as set forth in Chapter 72-480, Special Acts of Florida, 1972.
The Board consists of one resident for each of the County Commission districts. The members are appointed for a one year period. The Library Services Director serves as an ex officio member of the Board.
The Board meets the third Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. at a different member library according to a schedule approved by the County Library Board. The Board is authorized to assist and advise the Board of County Commissioners on the establishment, operation, and maintenance of the public library services within the County. They may (1) establish their own rules and procedures subject to the approval of the Board of County Commissioners; (See attached By-laws) (2) make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners with the Library Services Director regarding the administration of funds available to the Library System; and, (3) make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners regarding standards necessary for the continued establishment, operations and maintenance of the Library System.
Board approval is necessary for all new positions requested by the libraries and the budgeting of additional funds which become available to the Library System.
• How do I get a Library Card? Library cards
are free to Brevard County residents and can be obtained by visiting the many Brevard County Library locations. In general, all you need in addition to the application is proof of residence in Brevard County. There are library cards for residents, temporary residents, visiting students/non-residents, children under 18, and corporations. View more information
about obtaining a library card. • What if I lose my library card?
Please let us know right away! Someone with your card can use it to check out books and never return them, for which you would be responsible. We charge $1.00 for a lost card replacement. • May I check out library materials if I don't have my card with me?
Yes, if you can provide identification, such as your driver's license or State of Florida ID card. • How long can I keep borrowed Library materials?
to view a list of loan periods for all library materials. • How can I check the status of my library account?
to access your library account.
• Do the Libraries have meeting rooms available for public use?
Meeting rooms are available for use at each county library for organizations with a civic, cultural, or educational purpose. Rooms will not be available for purely social gatherings, commercial ventures, or partisan political activities. All meetings must be open to the public within safety limitations as to the number of persons in the room, as determined by the Fire Marshall. • How do I reserve a meeting room?
An application for use of the meeting room must be completed and submitted to the Library Director prior to use of the library facility. Once completed, the form must be sent to the Library Director, who will approve your request, subject to availability and suitability of the requesting group. Please wait for confirmation of the meeting room. View the Meeting Room Reservation Procedure.
• Can I reserve a study room?
Most study rooms are on a first come, first served basis. Contact the library you wish to visit for their specific policy.
• How can I donate to the Library?
Donations can be made through your local library or local Friends of the Library organization. Endowments can be established or library materials donated in memory of or in honor of someone.
Donations to benefit all Brevard County Libraries can also be made through the Brevard Library Foundation.
The Foundation was formed to ensure that our Public Libraries can not only continue to meet the present needs of our community, but grow to accept the new challenges that we will face in the coming years. Donations to the Library Foundation are tax-deductible as provided in Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Board approval is necessary for all new positions requested by the libraries and the budgeting of additional funds which become available to the Library System. • Can the library use volunteers?
Sure we can! Many volunteers serve in different capacities throughout the libraries. Find out more about volunteer opportunities. • How does the Library protect my privacy?
Under F.S. 257.261, Library registration and circulation records are mandated as confidential by Florida Statute.
Be aware, however, that letting someone else use your card gives them access to your record in our online catalog. • I can no longer get to the library. Do you have any services available to allow me to continue using the library?
Homebound Services is a free service for Brevard County residents who are homebound or handicapped and unable to visit the library. Books of your choice are mailed to your home in regular or large print.
Talking Books, a sub-regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, provides books and magazines on audiocassette as well as the equipment needed to play them. Find out more information on these programs.
• Use our online, real-time Reference Services, Ask a Librarian.
• Write or call Your Local Library
• Do you have tax forms?
Yes. Libraries receive a supply of free selected tax forms each year. If the form you require is not available for free, you may photocopy or download one at $0.10/page.
• Do you have genealogy books?
Yes. Several libraries maintain genealogy collections: Central Brevard Library and Reference Center, Melbourne Public Library and Titusville Public Library. We also subscribe to the AncestryPlus and HeritageQuest databases. Because of licensing restrictions, the Heritage Quest database is only accessible from the Central Brevard Library and Reference Center.
You also may want to use our twice-monthly "Chat with a Genealogist" service, available through Ask a Librarian link under contact us. Certified Genealogist, Michael J. Boonstra, chats the first Thursday, 7 - 8 pm and the fourth Tuesday, 10 - 11 am.
• How do I access your databases from home?
To access Brevard County Libraries databases from outside the library, you will need to have your library card handy. Enter your library card number and your last name. Then click login. If you have a software firewall running on your personal computer, you may have to temporarily disable it in order to access some of these databases.
• What if the Library's collection doesn't have what I'm looking for?
If Brevard County Libraries does not own the material you are looking for, it may be possible to request the item through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) from another library system. Certain items, such as audio-visual and genealogy materials cannot be requested through ILL. Contact Adult Services at your local library to request a loan or for more information.
• How can I request a copy of an obituary that appeared in a local paper?
Obituaries for Brevard County may be researched in a number of ways, depending on the year of death:
- Obituaries from 1999 to present can be searched online at the Florida Today web site.
- Obituaries published in our local newspaper, Florida Today (which covers all of Brevard County), may be searched on microfilm available at the Melbourne Public Library (1969 to present) and the Central Brevard Library and Reference Center (1966 to present).
Earlier years of newspapers on microfilm include:
- East Coast Advocate and Indian River Chronicle (weekly, 1890-1929) available at the North Brevard Library.
- Florida Star (Titusville) (weekly, 1880-1914) available at the Central Brevard Library and Reference Center.
- Cocoa Tribune (Cocoa) (1917-67) available at the Central Brevard Library and Reference Center.
- Melbourne Times (Melbourne) (weekly 1926-1970) available at the Central Brevard Library and Reference Center and the Melbourne Public Library.
- Titusville Star Advocate (weekly, 1930-1965) available at the North Brevard Library.
- Brevard County Libraries subscribe to the Obituaries and Death Notices database compiled by Newsbank. This is a national database covering various locations and time periods.
Obituary Research Tips:
- Double-check spelling of the person's name.
- Publication is usually in local newspapers where the death occurred.
- Publication is usually at the discretion of the family or funeral home, and publication can be withheld for a variety of reasons.
- Due to charges, the obituary you are seeking may not have been published.
- Obituaries are not always posted in newspapers.
If you do not live in Brevard County but wish our library staff to do an obituary search for you, here is the procedure to follow:
First, check the "Obituary Research in Brevard County" section above to be sure that we have the appropriate newspaper for your search
If your request fits the location and date ranges of the newspapers held by the Brevard County Libraries or available to us via the databases we subscribe to, send a letter detailing the information you are seeking to the address below. You must include the name of the deceased, the city of death, and the date of death within two weeks.
Our newspapers on microfilm do not have indexes, and staff cannot conduct an extensive search for you without this information. Please include a stamped, self addressed envelope and $3.00 to cover the cost of the copies. The fee is $5.00 if the requestor is a company, law firm, etc.
Send your letter to:
Central Brevard Library Documents Dept.
308 Forrest Ave.
Cocoa , FL 32922
• Can library materials be renewed beyond the initial loan period?
The ability to renew library material depends on the item:
• How do I renew the materials I have checked out?
- Stellar Seller items, artwork, audio visual equipment, and films cannot be renewed.
- Feature film DVDs: Two (2) renewals of two (2) days from the date of renewal may be granted if the material is not in demand or on reserve.
- All other materials not noted above: Two (2) renewals of one (1) week from the date of renewal may be granted if the media is not in demand or on reserve.
Renewals may be requested in person at any public library, by telephone, or via the web catalog.
• Do I have to return my materials when the Library is open?
No. Each library has a book drop that may be used to return items when the library is closed. Items returned before the library opens will be considered returned the previous day, so don't worry if you can't make it by closing time! • Do I have to return my books from where I borrowed them?
No. Brevard County Libraries uses a courier service to move materials among libraries, so you can return items to the most convenient library, regardless of where they are checked out. • What are the policies regarding fines and other charges?
Brevard County Libraries fines and fees are set by resolution of the Board of County Commissioners. View Loan Periods and Fines.
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