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Lake Worth Library

Third Saturday Book Club

City Hall Annex Meeting Room | 414 Lake Avenue | Reading List

April 19  | Saturday | 2pm
Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

May 17 | Saturday | 2pm
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman


Library Story Times

Munchkins | Preschoolers | 2 - 4 Years
Tuesday & Thursday | 11am - Noon | Munchkin Calendar

Bookworms| Grades K5 - 5 
Thursday | 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Story time programs include reading, crafts, activities & a snack.  Free | City Hall Annex | Flyer

Bookworms Field Trip to Lake Worth Playhouse
Wednesday, April 30 | Flyer | Limited Seating

Spring Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Lake Worth Library, a 501c3 organization which raises funds to support the Lake Worth Public Library, will be holding their Spring Used Book Sale.

Saturday, April 12th |Lake Worth Cultural Plaza | 414 Lake Ave. | 9am - 3pm

Prices range from 50 cents to $5, with some specially priced items.

The Library is now accepting donations for the sale of gently used books, DVDs, music CDs, and audio book CDs.  Donations may be brought to the Lake Worth Public Library.

Master Gardener Program

Tropical Fruit & Vegetable Garden Workshop
A Conversation with Florida Master Gardeners, Dick & Mary Pase
Saturday, May 3 | 2pm | City Hall Annex Meeting Room | 414 Lake Avenue | Flyer

At the Library

The library’s mission is to provide free access to information, resources, programs and technology to meet patron needs for educational, cultural, recreational and lifelong learning.

The library provides a wide array of materials in many formats accessible through the online catalog as well as online databases to support research, computers for word processing, and internet access.

Remembering Lake Worth

Pioneers of Jewell by Ted Brownstein
A documentary history of early Lake Worth from 1885-1910.
$20 | Proceeds benefit Friends of the Lake Worth Library

On sale at City Clerk's Office at City Hall | Lake Worth Library | Lake Worth Library |

On Lake Worth by Beverly Mustaine
A photographic tour of early Lake Worth from 1900 to 1950.
$20 | Proceeds benefit Lake Worth Historical Museum

On sale at Lake Worth Library |

Lake Worth 100 Years Commemorative Poster by Jill Karlan
Featuring architectural icons & other Lake Worth locations. Click here to view.
$20 - unframed poster | $2 - note card | $2 - postcard
On sale at the Library | Proceeds benefit Friends of the Lake Worth Library

Library Amenities

  • 70,000+ volumes
  • Electronic databases
  • 12 Internet accessible computers
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 2 typewriters
  • Children’s programs
  • Book discussion group
  • Adult computer classes
  • Basic genealogical searches
  • Florida history collection
  • Lake Worth Herald newspaper archive; 1912-1920, 1940-current

Library Cards

To obtain a library card a patron must show one piece of identification with their name and current residential address and a photo ID from any state; or current Florida drivers license/ID with current residential (local-see below) address.

Apply online for a card:

The library accepts the following for proof of address:
Florida driver’s license, Florida State I.D., voter’s registration card, utility bill, phone bill, gas bill, check book, bank book, property tax bill, bank statement, lease (3 months or longer), deed, or mortgage papers, motor vehicle registration, First Class Mail postmarked within the past 30 days.

Parent’s ID is used for a child’s card. Children must be accompanied by parent of legal guardian to obtain a library card and at least 5 years old.

Patrons may qualify for different types of library cards based on where they reside.

Patrons residing in the "city limits" of the City of Lake Worth are considered residents and their library cards are free and renewed every three years.

Persons living in the following locations may also obtain a free library card (renewed annually).

All county unincorporated areas
Atlantis, Belle Glade, Boynton Beach, Briny Breezes, Cloud Lake, Delray Beach, Glen Ridge, Golf, Golfview, Greenacres, Gulf Stream, Haverhill, Hypoluxo, Juno Beach, Jupiter, Jupiter Inlet Colony, Lake Clarke Shores, Lake Park, Lantana, Mangonia Park, North Palm Beach, Ocean Ridge, Pahokee, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Shores, Palm Springs, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, South Bay, South Palm Beach, Tequesta, Wellington, West Palm Beach


  • Persons from other states or countries
  • Persons from other Florida counties
  • Persons residing within the city limits of Palm Beach, Manalapan, Highland Beach, and Boca Raton are considered as non-residents because their cities and libraries have elected not to be members of the Library Cooperative of the Palm Beaches, or do not pay property taxes to the Library Cooperative.

Non-residents may obtain a library card upon payment of a library card membership fee and showing an ID with an address:

Non-resident fees
Library card renewed every 3 months is $10.00 – May pay for 6 months for $20.00.
Library card renewed annually is $30.00.

Material Check-Out Limits

First time use of the library card is restricted to one book on the card.

After first time use, the following limits apply:

  • Language audios or videos:  1
  • ACT, SAT, GED, GRE, TOEFEL & Other Test Exam Books:  1
  • Videos/DVDs:  2
  • Material on Same Subject:  2
  • New Books/14-Day Check Out:  4
  • Music & Audio CDs:  4

Fines | Fees

Library Fines

  • 28 day circulating items – 15 cents / day ; maximum fine is $10.00 per item
  • 7 & 14 day circulating items - $1.00 / day ; maximum fine is $15.00 per item

Library Fees

  • Lost library card - $3.00
  • Lost audio/DVD cases - $5.00
  • Lost or damaged items – Please contact the library

Internet Access

Internet Access
Lake Worth Library Card - 120 free minutes per day
Photo ID - 15 minutes free per day

Library Card or Florida ID - $1.00 / hr
Out of State ID - $2.00 / hr

Children age 5 and older with a library card must have parental permission to use the Internet. Children 4 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at the computer at all times while on the Internet.

Genealogical Research

Available resources:

  • The Palm Beach Post Online  newspaper database - 1989 to Present
  • The Lake Worth Herald - a weekly newspaper which the library has from 1912-1920 in microfiche and from 1941 to the present in hardcopy. No index is available for the Lake Worth Herald.
  • The Municipal Cemeteries of Lake Worth, Florida : index of burials. c1998.
    Burials at Pine Crest Municipal Cemetery from, July 1923 - June 1987 and the I.A. Banks Memorial Park from, October 1962 - December 1997.
  • City Directories from 1930 to 1990.
  • Cross Reference Directories various years 1990 to present.
  • Various How-to books available for research and check out.
  • Local books on the history of Lake Worth
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