This free service provides books to Palm Beach County residents who cannot visit their library because of a physical disability, long-term illness, or lack of transportation. Materials can be requested by mail, telephone, or electronically. Readers may request reader's advisory assistance from Books-By-Mail staff, and titles from any source.
Call Books-By-Mail at 561-649-5482 (Greater West Palm Beach) or 1-888-780-5151 (toll-free) for more information.Download a copy of the Books-By-Mail application form.
Book Deposit Collection
Nursing homes, adult life and long-term care facilities, and retirement centers can receive large print books for their residents. Books-By-Mail staff will work with activity staff to select a collection of books with a variety of appropriate titles for the reading interests of the residents. The location keeps the materials for up to 90 days and then exchanges them for a new collection.
Older people have an opportunity to share their experiences with others using our Bi-Folkal Kits. These activity kits stimulate memory and encourage the sharing of ideas using a historical time period or topic. Senior centers, nursing homes, retirement homes, and other agencies and organizations who work with older adults, and are in the Palm Beach County Library District or the Library Cooperative of Palm Beach County, can borrow the kits.
Each Kit contains a media presentation, music, poetry, humor, and hands-on props. Pieces of the Kit can be used individually or together.The following Kits are available:
- Remembering 1924
- Remembering African American Lives
- Remembering Automobiles
- Remembering Birthdays
- Remembering County Fairs
- Remembering the Depression
- Remembering the Fall
- Remembering the Farm Days
- Remembering the Fashion
- Remembering the Fifties
- Remembering Fun and Games
- Remembering Home
- Remembering the Home Front
- Remembering Music
- Remembering Pets
- Remembering School Days
- Remembering Spring
- Remembering Summertime
- Remembering Train Rides
- Remembering Work Life
Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Books-By-Mail and who can receive the service?
Books-By-Mail is a free service that provides books to eligible Palm Beach County residents who are unable to visit the library because of a physical disability, long-term illness and/or lack of transportation.
How are materials selected?
Books-By-Mail provides a Booklist of our newest titles bi-monthly. You can choose any new, popular or older title the library owns.
How does it work?
You may request material using the postcards we provide, by telephone or from our website. Your order will be delivered to your home by the U.S. Postal Service. You may request reader’s advisory assistance from Books-By-Mail staff.
Is there a charge?
This is a free service* for residents who reside within the co-operative library district. *Certain municipalities require a non-resident fee.
How many materials can you request?
You can have up to 50 items at any one time.
How long can I keep the items I request?
Every Books-By –Mail patron is given a 28-day loan period from checkout, including time spent in the mail.
How to apply?
To apply, call 561-649-5482 (West Palm Beach area) or 1-888-780-5151 (South County and Glades area) Option 2 to request an application or download a copy of the Books-By-Mail application form.