Business and Career Resources
The Main Library has an extensive business resource center to assist small business owners, job seekers, investors, and consumers with their research needs. We offer materials and research assistance to help you make informed financial and career decisions. We also have an extensive collection of business and consumer magazines, and newspaper and journal articles online.
Government Research Service (GRS)
GRS provides a full range of research, information, and document delivery services to government clients, staff, and elected officials in Palm Beach County. The GRS Collection includes legal documents, government serials, professional journals, and local and state collections.
Genealogy Research Service (GRS)
The Genealogy Research Service provides access to a wealth of family history sources including biographical books, genealogy Internet links, genealogy programs, how-to book listings, local city directories, local historical sites, newspapers, journals, and our online databases including Ancestry Library Edition.
Consumer Health Information Service (CHIS)
The Consumer Health Information Service offers quality health and medical information free-of-charge to residents of Palm Beach County. Working with you and your health care professional, the information our service provides can help you make informed medical decisions. Staffed by trained consumer health librarians, CHIS offers one-on-one assistance to provide the answers to medical and health-related questions. CHIS librarians do not offer medical advice.
The Audubon Collection
In 1979, the Audubon Society of the Everglades (ASE) donated funds to Palm Beach County to establish an ornithological collection at the Main Library. The Society's Library Committee selects the best of the new books published on birds and birding for the library collection. Bequests and donations to the ASE fund the collection. Included in the collection are books on bird-watching and field guides to the birds from all regions of the globe, with special focus on North and South American regions.
The collection also features books about individual species of birds and about the science of ornithology. Several important multi-volume, birds-of-the-world encyclopedias are included. The collection is an ongoing project of the Audubon Society of the Everglades, and it is becoming one of the most informative and complete collections of bird books found in Florida. The Audubon books are in the library's online catalog and most are available to borrow.
Foreign Language Materials
There is also a rich and ever-growing collection of informational and recreational books in Spanish, Creole, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, and other foreign languages.
Library and Information Science Collection
For those studying to become librarians, the Main Library offers books and professional journals about library and information studies.
CreationStation is a digital media lab and recording studio where you can create multi-media content with Apple computers, video cameras, digital software, a photo scanner, sound recording and editing equipment, and a green screen.
CreationStation is located at the Main Library at 3650 Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach and is open to Palm Beach County residents. For more information on reserving space in the lab, call the Main Library Serials Department (561-233-2600).
The birding backpack is a kit that includes everything you need to enjoy your next birding adventure, and it’s free to check out with your Palm Beach County Library System card! Each backpack has enough pockets for you to carry water bottles, sunscreen, hats and anything else you may need on a beautiful Florida day. Learn more about our new collection.
New Americans Corner
The New Americans Corner is a centralized collection of books, brochures, instructions and more for those residents adjusting to their new community. In addition to information about the naturalization process, the New Americans Corner includes resources needed to successfully pass the citizenship test in English and Spanish, develop English Language skills and understand the rich history and complexity of our American government. Learn more about our new collection.