Palm Beach County Library-Hagen Ranch Road- It's A Lot More Than Books!

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Palm Beach County Library-Hagen Ranch Road- It's A Lot More Than Books!

The Hagen Ranch Road Branch of the Palm Beach County Library System is nothing like any library I remember. Granted I had not set foot in a library since I was in graduate school, but that memory was of books, books, and oh, yes, more books. 


This branch is one of the newest in the Palm Beach County system, which includes 1 main library, 15 branches, a book mobile and Library Annex.  In 2010, the system has trained over 10,000 adults in Internet Usage and computer classes; circulated over 8.5 million pieces and my favorite fact, had 146 Adult Literacy Students log over 10,000 hours learning to read!

But that's not all this library offers:   Besides books (print, recordable and downloadable) , there are music CD's, DVD's, papers and magazines.  There are electronic databases for research, Senior Services, Teen and Kids programs, and so much more. 

The day I was there a group of folk song musicians was meeting in one of the rooms.  Children were in the Children's area getting books and some were on the computers.  

Palm Beach county library

Who wouldn't want to spend some time reading or doing research here.  There's lots of light so you don't feel like you're "stuck inside!"


You can save time by checking out at one of the many "Quick Check Out" machines and there's even one kiosk that will pop up your DVD when you scan the cover.   Need to extend your book or movie... easily done online.  And if you're trying to find a particular book, no need to waste gas... just check in online and reserve it. 

Hagen Ranch Road Branch-Palm Beach County Library
14350 Hagen Ranch Road
Delray Beach, FL 33436




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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Gret addition to your community Kathy. It is amazing what libraries are all about these days.

Sep 12, 2011 12:09 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, that's what I call "today's library".....there are so many towns in this country where the budget is depleted and libraries are not being updated with the latest and greatest methods of use.....some have a difficult time maintaining hours of operation.

Sep 12, 2011 12:11 AM #2
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good morning, Kathy. Wow! That is what I call a library. Great post about what's happening in your community...

Sep 12, 2011 12:14 AM #3
JOSH EVANS *JoshEvansHomes 516-655-5000
Village Properties of Mineola, LLC - Mineola, NY
That's a really nice library. Great to have for the community. Good luck. Great to have for the kids.
Sep 12, 2011 12:16 AM #4
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Interesting.  My local library doesn't permit photos of the inside, anywhere.  I was planning to do a post about the wonderful service, etc.  Can't do it.

Sep 12, 2011 12:18 AM #5
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Libraries of today are so much different then when we frequented them BARFF.............very cool.

Sep 12, 2011 12:24 AM #6
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

A very nice localism post, Kathy. Our local library has large windows on the roof so it gets a lot of natural light. Scanning at checkout would be a real improvement but then my friends, the librarians who usually check me out, would be gone tha wouldn't be good. I've known some of them for 25 years. We can go online to renew one time.

Sep 12, 2011 01:13 AM #7
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Great post Kathy-I love libraries and I think they are a key selling point for a town-this one looks fabulous.  I take books out of the library, borrow DVD's and sometimes just sit and read the paper in between appointments.

Sep 12, 2011 01:36 AM #8
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Libraries have certainly come a long way from when we were kids. By the way, next time you're in the library, check out Carl Hiaasen. He's an author who writes satirical mysteries that are all based in your neck of the woods. I'm currently reading "Skinny Dip" and it's pretty darned good... and funny too!

Sep 12, 2011 04:01 AM #9
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


The library on Hagan-Ranch Road in Florida looks like a library experience.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Sep 12, 2011 07:51 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Marco- I was amazed when I went in to ours.  What I liked was seeing that so many people, of all ages, were using it. 

Barbara T- that is so sad to hear.  If nothing else, we have to encourage reading!  And with the economy being what it is, I bet a lot of people find it helpful to rent movies and CD's there for free.

Michael- Thank you!  I'm glad they have funds for it.  I love the new techie way you can check out your books!

Josh- I'm glad with everything else facing budget cuts that we have such a good library. 

Lenn- Hm-m- I wasn't sure when I went in but no one said anything.  

BARFF- Like I said, the last time I was in one was in graduate school and they may have still had the old card catalogs. Oh geez... just dated myself. 

Toni- well we have a lot of seniors who rely on our librarians for help but the line can get long.  Thank goodness for the quick check out.  

Joanna- it's a great place for doing all of that.  Think about some of our seniors... this gives them somewhere to go to sit and read.  

Craig- thank you for reminding me of him.  I read a few of his books when we moved here years ago and enjoyed them.  Will have to look for more.   Are you a mystery buff?  

Lou- Thank you , and it really is.  There's always a lot of activity going on too. 

Sep 12, 2011 09:13 AM #11
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Kathy - the Palm Beach County Library looks beautiful and I love libraries - I could stay there all day and it saves me a lot of money not having to buy the books. Nice post layout!

Sep 12, 2011 09:32 AM #12
Hrisco & Associates
Hrisco & Associates | eXp Realty, LLC. - Roanoke, TX
-"When Experience Matters - The Agent You Need!"

HI Kathy, it seems that libraries across the country are going through a transition, they have to become a multi-faceted community center now, job placement, meeting place, voting place, and oh yeah, a library too.  I think it is long over do, but about time....yours looks very nice. 

thank you for sharing your experiences with your cat and dogs on my Cat Conundrum post....that is good to hear.  We are supposed to start intros this week, so will keep you posted.

Sep 12, 2011 01:35 PM #13
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I worry about our community libraries...much like I do our small neighborhood bookstores. I love technology, but there's nothing like wrapping my hands around great book. Or holding a book and reading it to a child.

I recently read about a library that hosts "book clubs," what a cool way to bring in more library patrons. Sign me up!

Thanks for showcasing your community library Kathy. Dj

Sep 12, 2011 04:42 PM #14
Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL

Kathy - This is one library in Palm Beach County that I haven't been to, it looks beautiful like the rest of them.

Sep 13, 2011 02:55 PM #15
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