Get a Library Card
A property owner or an individual, whose primary residence is in the unincorporated areas of Pinellas County or one of the member cities is entitled to a free library card. Reciprocal borrowers do not have access to databases and premium subscriptions. NOTE: The following cities are not members of the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative. [Belleair, Belleair Beach, Belleair Bluffs, Indian Shores, Kenneth City, South Pasadena] If you are a resident of one of these cities, you will be charged a $100 fee per year to obtain a library card. Some cities will refund all or part of this fee. Residents of Indian Rocks Beach are not members of PPLC but receive reciprocal borrowing privileges and do not pay the $100 fee. Additional cards can be issued to visitors of Pinellas County for a limited time period, card expirations may vary by library locations.
What Are The Basic Rules?
- One Cooperative card is good at all Cooperative libraries.
- Be prepared to show your present card and one additional form of identification with your Pinellas County address on your first visit.
- Cards issued for children under 14 require parent/guardian signature.
- Cards issued to residents are valid for three years.
- Cards issued to non-residents are valid for one year.
- City cards with restrictions are issued by member libraries.
- Abide by Library rules and pay for any loss of or damage to Library materials.
- Pay overdue fines accumulated on cards for which you are responsible.
How to Register:
- Visit any Cooperative member library to pick up an application.
- Online registration will give you a temporary registration number that will allow you to place holds and utilize our online databases for 28 days. To register online, click here.
To obtain your card to check out material:
- Visit any Cooperative member library with your temporary registration ID.
- Provide a valid Florida driver’s license/Florida identification card with a current address
- OR one of the following:
- Your current TRIM notice or tax bill
- A current utility bill (includes cable television)
- A deed to a property in the Cooperative area
- Vehicle registration or title (current year)
- Voter’s registration
- Other appropriate identification
The Suncoast Genealogy Society (SGS) is a non-profit organization, dedicated to the teaching of modern and ethical genealogy research techniques to the membership and general public, through the use of meetings, workshops, lectures, field trips, and other educational activities. Founded in 1983, SGS serves Northern Pinellas and Southern Pasco Counties.
SGS offers genealogy research assistance at the Palm Harbor Library each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
SGS meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of the month at 1:00 p.m. The public is always welcome at our meetings.
Board meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 2:30 p.m. Check the Events calendar on the SGS website for the latest dates and times.
The DNA Interest Group meets the second Monday of the month in the conference room of the library at 1:00 pm.
Visit our website at sgsfl.com
2019 – 2020 Officers
- President – Jean Van Horn
- Vice President – Bob Pierro
- Executive Director for Programs – Marianne Bradley
- Executive Director for Membership – Shari Harmon
- Secretary – Julie Rodriguez
- Treasurer – Kathleen Teaze
- Past President – Robert Shaw
- Beth Bleich
- Debbie Smyth
- Judy Bishara
Ask a Librarian
Ask a Librarian provides Florida residents with virtual reference service via live chat and text messaging from 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday (ET), and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday (ET). Email is available to patrons 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and all email is answered by the user’s local library. Participating libraries can choose to utilize the email management system available through the Ask a Librarian platform, which offers customized local email forms, new mail notifications, and statistics management, or to utilize their own email management system through a page on that library’s site. Participating libraries may also utilize the software to provide local live chat or text messaging services to their patrons.
Library computers are provided to members for the purpose of accessing information and reference resources. In order to make these resources available to as many members as possible and to make sure that the equipment is used in a manner consistent with the Library Code of Conduct, the following rules apply:
- In order to allow all members an opportunity to use the equipment, members are asked to comply with sign-in and time limitations. Computer users are allowed one 120 minute session and one 60 minute session every day and must be logged off for 15 minutes between sessions. No other extensions will be granted.
- Computer users may only use their personal library card or guest pass assigned to them. Use of multiple library cards for the purpose of extending computer time is strictly forbidden and may result in the loss of library privileges.
- Guest passes will be issued to persons visiting from outside Pinellas County. Visitors must have a valid form of photo identification. Visitors are entitled to the same computer privileges as library members and must comply with all library policies and regulations.
Because computers are located in a public area, what you view is not private. Please be considerate of other library users and refrain from displaying materials that they might reasonably consider objectionable. In accordance with Florida Statutes, Chapters 847.011(1)a and 847.0133(1), displaying obscene materials to minors or printing such materials may be a violation of the law and could result in penalties up to and including imprisonment. Misuse of library computers will result in the loss of computer privileges, potential loss of library privileges and possible prosecution. Such misuse includes, but is not limited to: damaging or altering computer equipment or software; downloading or installing any program on the hard drive of any computer; sending, displaying, or printing obscene material; impersonating other library members for additional time.
We offer a variety of collaborative workspaces for informal independent and group work. Many of our workspaces are able to be customized with movable furniture, walls, and dry erase boards so you can adjust them to meet your needs.
Faxing Services: $1.00 per page, outgoing only.
Exam Proctoring Services: $10.00 per exam subject to availability. Please provide at least 72 hours notice.
For information on all library services, please call the Information Desk at (727) 784-3332 x. 3017.
iMacs – The newest addition to our technology offerings, these Mac computers are fully equipped with photo, video, and sound editing software and are available for use with only a library card!
Vinyl Records – Experience music the way it was intended – on vinyl! We have a wide selection of records in many genres available to check out. We even have a record player you can take home!
Mobile Cooking Unit – Come watch a cooking demonstration from some of the brightest stars in our local culinary community!
After Hours Automated Library Vending Machine – Check out the newest books and movies without a waitlist. Available whenever the library is closed!
STEAM Kits – These kits are science, engineering, technology, art, and math-themed. Each kit has hands-on activities, handouts, books, and movies!
Musical Instruments – Check out a guitar, violin, keyboard, a dulcimer or more! Each instrument comes with a teach-yourself book and an online resource guide.
Mark Mazurek Role Playing Game Collections – Browse our tabletop role-playing collection for Dungeons and Dragons, Dresden Files, Pathfinder and many more games! You can even get dice to borrow!
Homebound Delivery – Free delivery of materials for qualified Palm Harbor residents unable to visit the library.
Pinellas Talking Book Library – Administered locally through the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative, the Pinellas Talking Book Library is a free service to residents of all ages who are unable to read standard print material due to visual, physical or learning disabilities whether permanent or temporary. The Pinellas Talking Book Library staff provides recorded, Braille and large-print books and magazines as well as a collection of descriptive videos. For more information, click here!