Using The Library

Get a Library Card

Who May 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 a 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

Your library card is valid at all of the Cooperative libraries and may be registered for reciprocal borrowing with libraries in nearby counties. Contact your local library for details.

Check-out Policies

Type of Material Max # Loan Period (days) Renewals Available Late Fee Per Day
Adaptive Toys 3 28 2 $2.00
Book Club 2 28 2 $0.20
Book Clubs to Go 1 56 0 $2.00
Books & Kits 50 28 3 $0.20
CD Books 25 28 2 $0.20
CD Music 25 14 2 $0.20
CD Players 1 28 2 $2.00
CD-ROMs 2 28 2 $0.20
DVDs & Blu-Rays 25 7 1 $0.50
First Steps to Go 1 28 2 $2.00
Inter-Library Loans 5 28 0 $0.25
Kindle Readers 1 14 0 $5.00
Lending Library – Books 2 14 0 $0.20
Lending Library – DVDs 2 7 0 $0.50
LP Records 25 14 2 $0.20
LP Turntables 1 14 1 $2.00
Magazines 50 14 2 $0.20
Playaways 6 7 2 $0.20
New Books 4 14 2 $0.20
Puzzles 6 28 2 $0.20
Sunshine State Readers 4 14 2 $0.20
VCR & DVD Players 1 7 2 $2.00
Video Games 2 7 1 $1.00

Failure to return overdue library materials and failure to report and reimburse for lost, damaged, or destroyed library materials are violations of Pinellas County Ordinance 96-52 and may result in a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00 or imprisonment not to exceed 60 days.

Computers

Library Computers / Computer Use

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.

Internet Use

The Palm Harbor Library offers Internet resources equally to all users.  The Internet enables the library to provide resources not available within the confines of its own collection.  However, the Internet is an unregulated medium.  It offers access to a wealth of material that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching to individuals of all ages, but it also enables access to some materials that may be offensive and/or illegal.  Individual users must accept responsibility for determining the suitability of content for themselves and their children. In addition, users must respect the legal protections to data and software provided by copyright and licensing laws.  Users may not represent themselves as another person nor use Internet access to transmit obscene, threatening, or harassing materials.  Although library staff and volunteers are able to offer some searching suggestions and answer some questions, they cannot provide in-depth training on the Internet or computer use.

Special Collections and Services

Check out all the unique and wonderful things that make the Palm Harbor Library a cultural and educational destination!

Windows Computers, Macs, and Laptops are available for use while in the library using 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!

Automated Library Vending Machine – located outside the Library and at CSA Palm Harbor (parks & rec facility). Check out the newest books and movies without a waitlist.

STEAM Kits – These kits are science, engineering, technology, art, and math-themed. Each kit has hands-on activities, handouts, books, and movies!

Writing STEAM Kits The Writing STEAM Kits are made possible by the Madeline Oliveri Writing Program! The Creative Writing kit is now available for checkout to aspiring writers.

Musical Instruments – Check out a guitar, violin, keyboard, 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!

Adaptive Toys –  Our collection of adaptive toys, communication devices, capability switches, and games is perfect for individuals or children with special needs. These loanable items are specifically designed for those who are developmentally delayed or physically challenged.  For more info, visit palmharborlibrary.org/kids/special-collections

Playaway Tablets & Views – Check out our collection of hand-held technology for children aged 3-12. Playaway Launchpad tablets are interactive and come pre-loaded with educational and entertaining content for kids, no downloading required!  Our Playviews offer a wide variety of hand-held videos that are perfect for car trips and downtime. These devices can be checked out for at-home learning and fun.

Workspaces

Collaborative Workspaces 

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.

Study Rooms are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Other Services - Notary, Faxing, Exams

Notary Services: $5.00 per Notary Stamp (cash only). Subject to availability. Please call ahead to ensure notary availability.

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. 

Room Reservations

Please click the link to print the application for Palm Harbor Library Community Room use.  Community Room Application

Community Room Policy

Code of Conduct

Patron Conduct Policy – Updated August 2020

This code of conduct is intended to encourage behavior, which supports the Library’s mission to provide the best possible resources in a warm, welcoming environment. Behavior becomes unacceptable when it interferes with this mission, impinges on the rights of others, causes damage to buildings or equipment, or causes injury to oneself or others. Those willing to modify unacceptable behavior are always welcome to stay. However, those unable to comply will be asked to leave. If necessary, the authorities will be called.

Principles of Conduct

The Library serves various functions for library members, including that of a community information center, a place to study, and a place to find cultural and recreational materials and activities. All of these require traffic, movement, and discourse. In balancing these various roles and functions, a reasonable noise level is expected and generally believed to be acoustically unavoidable. When in Palm Harbor Library, library members must observe the following principles of conduct:

  • Speak in normal or quiet tones of voice
  • Respect others, including their rights and personal property
  • Respect Library property and staff
  • Maintain responsibility for the safety, well-being, and conduct of children in their charge
  • Refrain from actions that are disruptive to other library members

Library Member Prohibited Activities

The following are examples of behaviors (but not limited to) that seriously interfere with the activities normally associated with the use of a public library and are prohibited in Palm Harbor Library:

  • Smoking/Vaping
  • Sleeping
  • Eating, drinking, or displaying food in open containers (Only permissible item is a water bottle with cap)
  • Disturbing or annoying anyone by loud/unreasonable noise or movement, including, but not limited to, using audible devices without headphones, or with headphones set at a volume that disturbs others. Cell phones and pagers are to be placed on vibrate feature. Cell phone conversations are permissible if conducted in a normal speaking voice. All other conversations are to be held either in the foyer or outside of the building
  • Use of abusive, threatening, harassing, or insulting language
  • Having body odor or personal hygiene that is offensive or that interferes with others’ use of the library
  • Animals (except trained assistance animals)
  • Improper acts which are subject to prosecution under criminal or civil codes of law
  • Vehicles and other objects which constitute potential safety hazards to patrons
  • Objects placed adjacent to any exit or entrance on the inside or outside of the facility which poses a safety hazard to persons entering or exiting the facility
  • Lack of shirt or footwear
  • Personally monopolizing library space, seating, tables, or equipment to the exclusion of other patrons or staff
  • Soliciting, selling, or begging
  • Unattended children under the age of 10
  • Bathing, shaving, washing clothes, or other misuses of restrooms
  • Distribution or posting of printed materials not approved by Palm Harbor Library administration
  • Loitering, including refusal to leave at closing or emergency evacuation
  • Possessing, consuming, or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Unruly/offensive behavior such as viewing pornography
  • Misuse of the library facility
  • Unattended items found on library grounds will be placed in “Lost & Found” for up to one month. Thereafter the item will be discarded.

Violations of Library Member Principles of Conduct and Library Member Prohibited Activities

Maintenance of proper conduct in the Library is one of the responsibilities of Library staff. The Staff has the authority to deal firmly but courteously with library members who are violating the Library Member Principles of Conduct and Library Member Prohibited Activities. Actions taken by staff may include making the library member aware that the behavior violates the principles of conduct or is a prohibited activity, warning the library member that they will have to leave if the behavior does not change, and telling the library member to leave the library. In some cases, the library member may be escorted from the building by staff or the police.

Anyone known to have violated the principles of conduct and prohibited activities of the Library may be excluded from the Library and its programs as a matter of administrative policy. If the behavior involves illegal activity, such as child molestation, indecent exposure, or destruction of Library property such as computer equipment, library staff has full authority to call the police. Based upon the severity of the situation, a suspension of library privileges may be applied without advance warning or prior suspension.

The suspension shall remain in effect pending periodic administrative review and/or a trespass will be issued for an indefinite period of time. The library administrator’s decision shall be final.

Unattended Child

Unattended Child Policy Statement – Updated August 2020

The Palm Harbor Library welcomes the use of its services and facilities by children.  Staff members are committed to the well-being and safety of children.  However, library facilities are not designed or licensed to provide basic childcare needs or emergency care if the child becomes upset or ill.

Any public place may be dangerous for a child who is left unattended.  Arrangements should be made ahead of time for children to be picked up after programs.

The Library reminds caregivers to consider the safety and well-being of their children and the needs of other library users of all ages. Children should be supervised at all times and reminded that the materials in the library are to be respected and treated with care.

Children under the age of 10 may not be left unattended in the library and must be directly supervised by a responsible adult or caregiver 16 years or older, WITH NO EXCEPTIONS. This does not apply to children in library-sponsored programs.

Children age 10 and over may use the library unattended provided that their behavior is not disruptive.  Caregivers are responsible for the actions of their children in the library whether or not the caregiver is present. Caregivers will also be responsible for any disturbance or damage done to the library by their child. Disruptive children, ten years of age or older may be asked to leave the library after one warning.  In such instances, caregivers will be contacted or, if the caregiver is unavailable, police custody will be utilized.

The library must not be used as a childcare service.  Any child unaccompanied by a responsible adult or a caregiver for an extended period of time may be approached for information concerning their parent’s availability.  The caregivers will be notified of the library policy.  If the situation continues, proper authorities will be notified.

If a minor under the age of 18 is left unattended at the time of closing and attempts to reach the caregivers have failed, the Pinellas County Sheriffs Office will be called to take responsibility for the child.