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Florida Public Library
4 Cohen Circle
Florida, NY 10921
Convenient parking for the library is available on the front and sides of the building. An electric door for handicapped access is located on the right side (south side) of the building with handicapped parking nearby. The Florida Public Library is a one floor layout completely accessible to the handicapped. Our Computer Center features one workstation for the wheelchair-bound user. We have two public restrooms, both handicapped accessible. Our rear deck features a ramp from the south parking lot and handicapped accessible picnic tables.
We have two public restrooms, both handicapped accessible, one with a baby changing table. Parents are expected to accompany preschoolers to the restroom.
If you live in the Florida Union Free School District, the Florida Public Library is your home library and you are eligible for a card. Local business owners may also choose FPL as their home library. Temporary cards may be issued to summer residents. Not sure of your home library? Call us at (845) 651-7659 for help.
Eligibility: If you are age 18 or older, show us two forms of I.D., including one with your name and picture printed on it (such as driver’s license and a utility bill) and then sign an application. If you are under 18, the signature of a parent/guardian with valid I.D. is required.
Library cards are issued anytime the library is open. Stop by and apply for a new keytag card today. The library is a member of the Ramapo Catskill Library System which includes 47 member libraries in Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and southern Ulster Counties. You can use your Florida card in any of these libraries, but you may only have one card – the one from your home library.
Go to our “Library Catalog” under the “Books & More” tab. OR Go to “My Account”
Type in your library card number and PIN number.
To renew an item, click on the “Checkouts” tab, select a library item, then click “Renew”. If you have maxed out your renewals or someone else is waiting for the item, you will not be able to renew online.
To place a hold, type item description in Search Area. Once you find an item, click the “Place Hold” button or click on book title to see more information.
Click “Log Out” at the top when you are finished.
Books, Audiobooks, and Music CDs
Books, tapes and CDs may be checked out for a period of twenty-one (21) days. New releases may be checked out for fourteen (14) days. A limit of fifty (50) books/tapes/CDs may be checked out per library card.
DVDs, Video Games
DVDs and Video Games may be checked out for a period of seven (7) days. New DVDs and Video Games may be checked out for three (3) days. A total of fifteen (15) DVDs and Video Games may be checked out per library card, which includes (5) maximum new DVDs.
Fines charged shall be: $.25 per item per day for new books; $.20 per item per day for books, book/audio kits, books-on-CD and CDs; $2.00 per item per day for DVDs and Video Games.
Materials which have an overdue fine of $10.00 are considered by the Library to be lost and the customer will be responsible for paying the cost of the item. The Library does not refund the payment for a lost item if it is found later. Materials damaged to the extent they must be withdrawn from the collection will be charged to the patron’s record. The Library will consider exact replacement of the item rather than payment. This request must be made to the Director.
The Library will suspend a patron’s borrowing privileges when his/her record exceeds the 3-10-7 Rule:
3 items claimed returned;
OR $10 in fines and/or fees;
OR any item overdue 7 days.
As a member of the Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS), Florida Library patrons can enjoy free access to eBooks! OverDrive is both the name and the provider of this service. Many eBooks can be viewed (or in the case of eAudiobooks, heard) right on your computer. Other electronic files can be transferred to various digital devices (e.g. iPads, MP3 players) or eReaders.
Getting Started: Please start with Overdrive Help Pages at help.overdrive.com. OverDrive provides step-by-step instructions specifically for your computer, smartphone, eReader, and other compatible devices. If you’re interested in learning what works with OverDrive, you can reach their list of compatible devices through this link: www.overdrive.com/drc.
Finding eBooks: Once you’re ready, please visit the Florida Library eBook website!
A wide variety of newspapers and magazines are available for your reading pleasure.
The New York Times
The Wall Street Journal
Warwick Valley Dispatch
The Warwick Advertiser
Delaware & Mid Hudson Canvas
Better Homes and Gardens
Booklist (Professional Collection)
Booklinks (Professional Collection)
Bloomberg Business Week
Consumer Reports: Buying Guide Issue
The MailBox (Preschool/Kindergarten edition)
Martha Stewart Living
National Geographic Kids
New Moon Girls
The New Yorker
O, The Oprah Magazine
This Old House
Yes. The Library accepts donations of books and audiovisual materials. Selected items may be added to the Library’s collection at the discretion of the Director. Most donations will be given to the Friends of the Florida Public Library for their used book sales throughout the year. The following information is a guideline for book donations:
Do-nations for Book Sale items:
We accept hardcover and paperback books for all ages, CDs/DVDs, videotapes, audio books, LP records
ALL items must be clean and in good-to-excellent condition
Donations are accepted year-round and may be delivered to the Library during their hours of operation. Donations left outside the Library and exposed to weather will be recycled.
ALL items should be contained in sturdy cartons that a librarian can lift
You may obtain a receipt for your donation which will confirm the number of items donated. The value of the donation is between you and your accountant. We will mail the receipt to you if we are unable to count your items on the spot. Please remember to leave your name and address with the donation
DON’T – nations for Book Sale items:
We can not accept items that are dirty, dusty, moldy, water stained, smelly, have torn covers/pages, have been stored outside, or have been chewed by animals. When in doubt, ask yourself, “Would I pay for this?”
We can not accept encyclopedias, text books, Reader’s Digest condensed books, magazines (including National Geographic), used coloring or sticker books, games, toys
We can not accommodate more than 1-2 boxes at a time. If your donation exceeds this amount, please phone the library to be put in contact with a member of the Friends to arrange drop-off