DATE: January 11, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Visitors to Broward County can now enjoy the same Broward County Library computer services that residents do – for only $2. Beginning January 23, 2012, non-residents of Broward County will be able to purchase a computer library card that allows them access to Broward County Library’s thousands of public-use computers seven days a week.
The new computer library cards allow anyone to use the computers during regular library hours at any of Broward County Library's 37 locations. Customers can obtain the card at any Broward County Library location by showing a photo ID, completing a simple application and paying the non-refundable $2 fee. The library computer card will expire one year after being issued.
In addition to providing access to public-use computers, the new computer library card allows non-residents to access valuable databases and online resources. Non-residents customers can take free online classes, work one-on-one with a live tutor or job coach, access academic and research databases and much more.
The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 37 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of the Broward County's diverse community. The library continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive Web site, www.broward.org/library, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, Libraries Division administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Historical Commission.