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Library Services

Circulation Services
     Library Card
             (membership; reciprocal agreement libraries)

     Fine Policies
     Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Collection Development
Computers for Public Use
Copy Machine

Ellison Machine and Die Cuts
Email Notification
Fax Machine

iPad Checkouts
Items for Sale

Library Policies
Magnifier for the Visually Impaired
Meeting & Study Rooms
Polk County Library Cooperative Services Chart
Reference Services

     Study Rooms
Exam Proctoring

Schedule of Upcoming Programs-See Library News
Wireless Internet Access (Wi-Fi)
Youth Services
Chit Chat & Interact
     Class Visits
     Computers for Children (12 and younger)
     Computers for Young Adults (13-17)
     Excellence in Reading
     Florida Library Youth Program

     Homework Computers (18 and younger)
     Little Sprouts Story Hour

Circulation Services
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Library Card:

Resident Membership:  Anyone who owns or rents property within Polk County is eligible for a free library card.  Photo ID is necessary at the time of application along with proof of current physical street address.  The following proof of residency forms are acceptable: driver’s license, current utility bill, local personal checkbook, car registration, voter registration card, or property tax receipt.  


Youth Membership:  Children under the age of 12 must have a parent or legal guardian accompany them at the time of application.  A parent/guardian must sign the application and assume responsibility for materials borrowed on the card of the child.  Students may qualify for a library card with proof of enrollment and photo ID. 


Non Resident Membership:  Persons residing outside of Polk County are required to provide the same identification as listed above and will be charged a $35.00 membership fee, renewable annually.


Reciprocal Borrowing Privileges: A non resident with a valid library card and valid ID from one of the following reciprocal borrowing libraries is eligible for a free Polk County library card: Osceola County Library System, Highlands County Library System, Hardee County Library System, Bruton Memorial Library (Plant City), and Temple Terrace Public Library.  Click here for a complete list of participating reciprocal libraries.


Apply online for a library card:

Click here to apply for library card. Note: This option is only available to new borrowers.


 Check-out and Renewals:

Item Type Check-out/Renewal Info
Music CDs
14 days
May renew 2 times unless the item is "on hold" for someone else.
DVDs 7 days
No limit on the number of DVDs that can be checked out. No renewals.

Renewals may be made as follows:

  • In person at any library in Polk County

  • Via telephone at 863-291-5880, Option 4

  • Online at http://catalog.mypclc.org and selecting the "Your Account" tab.

Fine Policies: Library materials are due on the date printed on your circulation receipt. If you cannot return them on time, you can renew materials online from the library catalog, follow the links or call the library at 291-5880 and renew them over the telephone. Overdue items are $.10 per day, per item.

Fines and fees may be paid by:

  • cash

  • check

  • debit card

  • credit card.

The fine threshold is $10.00.   This means that Library card holders must keep fines under $10 to utilize checkout and computer privileges.  Once the $10 limit has been reached, it must be paid in full.  If you have any questions, please see Library staff or call 863-291-5880, Option 4.

Interlibrary Loan: Interlibrary Loan (ILL) offers Library patrons the opportunity to request and receive books that are not owned by the Winter Haven Public Library. Through ILL, you have access to the circulating book collections of all the library systems in Florida, as well as universities and public library systems throughout the United States.  Click here for policies.

Copy Machine
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A copy machine is available for public use.

  • .15 per copy

  • Cash or vending card only (no debit/credit cards)

  • Black/white only, no color

Location: Upon walking into the library, it is along the left wall toward the middle of the library.

Ellison Machines and Die Cuts
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The Ellison Letter Machine is a versatile tool. It cuts anything scissors can cut in a fraction of the time, such as: construction paper, sponge, cardboard, fabric, wallpaper, and con-tact paper. Daycare providers, teachers, homeschoolers and crafters may use the Ellison Letter Machine in the Children’s Department during our regular hours. Click here for a list of Die Cuts.


  • Stop by the front desk to inform staff that you would like to use the Ellison Die machine. They will note your start time.

  • Let staff know if you require training on how to use the machines. Note: It would be best to call in advance to schedule a time with staff for training.

  • Bring your own supplies.

  • When finished, stop by the front desk and inform staff that you have finished.

  • The charge is $2.00 per half hour.

Email Notification
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Winter Haven Public Library can email you when:

  • Your items are overdue (Overdue notice)

  • Your checked out materials are about to reach their due date (Courtesy notice)

  • Your requested items are ready for pickup (Hold notice)

NOTE: When fees accumulate $5.00 or more, they must be paid in full before material can be checked out.

Click here for instructions on how to enable this feature.

Fax Machine
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The Library offers a self-service fax machine
for sending faxes (cannot receive faxes).
Only Debit/Credit cards are accepted.

Location: Upon walking into the library, it
is along the left wall toward the middle of the library.

Click here for more details.

iPad Checkouts
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The Library offers iPads for checkout. 

  • Requires a library card from any library in Polk County.

  • Must leave your Driver's License or current photo ID for security.

  • May only be used INSIDE the library.

  • Check-out time: 2 hours

  • May renew for an additional 2 hours if no one is waiting.

  • $1.00 per hour late fee if not returned on time.

  • Holds not permitted.

  • Youths 17 and under must have a legally responsible adult (parent or caregiver) check out the iPad.

Items for Sale (available at the front desk)

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Ear Buds


Includes Tax

Book Bag


Includes Tax


2GB Flash Drive


Includes Tax

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The Library offers Laminating Services to the public. Lamination is a great way to protect your important and/or personal documents, covering them in a thin layer of plastic.  Items for laminating may be dropped off at the main circulation desk with your name and phone number attached.  You will be contacted when your order is ready for pickup – typically 1-3 business days.  For details or questions regarding this service, contact the Library at 863 291-5880, Option 4

  • Soft Lamination is available for any size document, not wider than 24 inches.  This type of laminate is produced in one large sheet.
    Cost: .75 per FOOT, plus tax 

  • Hard Lamination provides sturdier protection and is available for items no larger than standard-sized documents (8 ˝ X 11) or legal sized documents (8 ˝ X 14). 
    Cost: .75 per PAGE, plus tax

Library Policies
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Magnifier for the Visually Impaired
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The Eclipse viewer enlarges the pages of books, magazines, newspapers and other reading material for those who are visually impaired.  It is located midway along the left wall as you enter the library.

Meeting & Study Rooms
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The Library offers Meeting and Study Rooms for public use.  Click below for details:
     Meeting Room
     Study Rooms

Polk County Libraries - Services Offered Chart

Click here for a chart of libraries in Polk County and the services provided by each.

Reference Services
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Study Rooms
The Reference Staff monitors the 3 study rooms at the library. If you would like to reserve a study room contact the library at 291-5880. 
Click here for details.

Exam Proctoring
The Winter Haven Library offers an exam proctoring service.  There is a charge for proctoring as you must schedule a time with the librarian.  
Click here for details.

Wireless Internet Access (Wi-Fi)
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The Library offers free Wi-Fi throughout the building for use with laptops, smart phones, tablets, etc.  When connecting, look for "Library Wi-Fi." 
Click here for access and printing details.

Youth Services
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The Children’s Department is pleased to offer many services to our youngest patrons. We have a section for pre-school children, school aged children, and a young adult department.

Chit Chat and Interact
Parents and caregivers share interactive play time with children in order to continue building early literacy skills taught in story time.  Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30AM.  This program runs September through April.  See also Little Sprouts Story Time!

Class Visits - Contact Kristen Barnes, Youth Services Librarian, to schedule class visits.  863-291-5880 x224

Computers for Children - There are 8 computers for use by children 11 and under.  Click here for details.

Computers for Young Adults - There are 6 computers for use by young adults ages 12-17. Click here for details.

Excellence in Reading is a very successful program at the library. Children read specific books and are tested on a computer. There are a set number of books to read and incentives awarded along the way. The Excellence in Reading program is  for ages 5-17. Click here for details.

Florida Library Youth Program is a State Library of Florida sponsored program. This program is conducted throughout the summer for children of all ages. Activities include: puppet shows, performers, storytellers, reading logs and arts and crafts.

Homework Computers - There are 2 computers for for those 18 years and younger for doing homework. See staff to reserve one of these computers.

OutreachThe local elementary schools, grades 3-4, are invited to the library in the spring each year to bring their students and introduce them to what their public library has to offer.

Little Sprouts Story Time is for children ages 5 & under and is held on Tuesdays & Thursday sat 11AM.  Children enjoy stories, songs, finger plays and puppet shows that develop early literacy skills and promote interaction between parents and children.  This program runs September through April.  The 2015/16 season begins Tuesday, September 15.

Chit Chat & Interact immediately follows.

For more information about youth services, contact the Library at 291-5880 Option 3.

Did you know you can renew your books using the online catalog? Just click the Catalog link below.  

Card Catalog

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The Library rents its large  Meeting Room. 

Click this link for details.


The Library rents the SEEDLab for a nominal fee.

Click this link for details.

Sign in on the notebook at the Reference Desk or call anytime between 9-5, Monday through Thursday, to reserve a room/time.
863-291-5880, Option 2
Study Room Policy

Study Room 1
Occupancy: 1-6
Max Time: 2 hours

Study Room 2
Occupancy: 1-4
Max Time: 2 hours

Study Room 3
Occupancy: 1-3
Max Time: 2 hours















































































































































































Library Address:

Winter Haven Public Library
325 Avenue A, NW
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Click here for directions.

Library Phone:

    Option 1: Hours/Directions
    Option 2: Reference Desk
    Option 3: Children's Desk
    Option 4: Check-out Desk

Library Hours:

Note: Public access computers shut down 15 minutes before closing.


Monday & Wednesday
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.


Friday & Saturday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.