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Animals in the Library

Only service animals or service animals in training are allowed in the Library. Owners of other pets will be asked to remove them from the Library. Animals used in educational programs sponsored by the Library are exempt.

Borrowing Materials from the Library

Anything in our "circulating collection" can be checked out. This includes books, DVDs, audiobooks, video games, software, *mobile hotspots, ukuleles, *bicycles, and more. You can check out the collection on our Beyond Books page!

You may check out a maximum of ninety-nine items, including up to twenty DVDs and five video games or pieces of software. Additionally, full-service card holders may check out up to twenty eBooks or audiobooks from OverDrive/Libby and up to ten from Hoopla.

Some items are restricted to Library use only: research materials (unless permission is given by a Librarian), magazines, newspapers, and items in the Winter Park History Center's collection.

For information about getting a Library card, visit here.

*Mobile hotspots may be reserved and checked out by adult, full-service cardholders. Bicycles may not be reserved but may be checked out by adult, full-service cardholders.

Books, Audiobooks and CDs: 3 weeks

DVDs, Video Games, and Software: 1 week

Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks: 1, 2 or 3 weeks – you select the checkout period when you download the item

Mobile Hotspots: 1 week

Bicycles: Same-day checkout. (Available to full-service and reciprocal cardholders)

Laptops: 4 hours

Most items can be renewed up to four times (some exclusions apply). Renewal periods are for the same period of time as the original checkout (e.g., a book checked out originally for three weeks will renew for three weeks). Physical items will automatically renew on their due date, unless someone else has requested them or you've reached the maximum number of renewals. If you have questions about what this means for you, email us at info@winterparklibrary.org.

Full-service members may place an item on reserve (hold) if the item is checked out, waiting for another member, on order, or otherwise unavailable. Reserves (holds) can be placed in person, by phone, or online. You may place up to ten items on reserve (hold) at a time (some exclusions apply). When an item comes in/is ready for you to pick up, you will be notified according to your account preferences (email, text message, or phone call). Items are held for five days. If they are not picked up within five days, the reserve (hold) will be canceled and returned to the shelves.

You may cancel or suspend your reserves (holds) in person, by phone, or online. Once an item is available for you to pick up, you can cancel it in person or by phone.

If you are a full-service member and you would like a book that the Library does not own and it is less than a year old, you can fill out a “Suggest a Purchase” form on our website, and we will consider it for purchase. If the book’s publication date is over a year old, ask a Librarian about borrowing the book through our InterLibrary Loan service.

It is not. The Winter Park Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. If you have an OCLS library card and you live in Orange County, you may apply for a reciprocal membership card. Please visit here for more information.

Donating Books to the Library's Collection

Donations and Solicitations for the Library Collection

The Library accepts book donations that support and further the mission, goals, and objectives of the Library. All donated items will be subject to the Library’s materials selection guidelines. The selection development team will assess each donated item for adherence to the following guidelines:

  • Only new copies will be considered for the collection. All donations of previously used material will be directed to the New Leaf Bookstore.
     
  • Accepted donations must be copies of titles that are available through the Library’s contracted vendors.
     
  • Preference will be given to titles that are reviewed in mainstream media sources, and/or in professional library and academic publications.
     
  • All donated copies that are accepted for addition to the Library’s collection will be subject to the Library’s regular weeding practices.
     
  • Donated copies that are not selected for addition to the collection will not be returned to the donor. They will be given to the New Leaf Bookstore.​
     


The Winter Park History Archives maintains a Local Authors Collection and follows these guidelines:

  • Authors must reside in the City of Winter Park, Florida.
     
  • All books must be approved by the Winter Park History archivist and/or selection team before being added to the collection.
     
  • Appropriateness of format (textbooks and pamphlets will not be accepted), relevance to the City of Winter Park residents, subject, style, content level of intended audience, professional reviews, quality of writing, and production will all be considered. 


Please fill out the Local Authors Submission Form. Submit the form along with your book to the Winter Park Library.

Library Services & Information

Photography in the Library

We do allow photography inside the Winter Park Library, if it doesn’t impede access to the spaces and collections available to our members and guests. We also ask that you be respectful of others inside, and that photoshoots take place on the first floor, as the second floor is reserved for children and families. Please let us know what date you plan to come by so that we can be prepared. We would love copies of the photos for our social media. Please contact us at info@winterparklibrary.org.

Plan Your Visit

Hours
Sun: 12 - 6PM
Mon - Thu: 9AM - 9PM
Sat: 9AM - 6PM
(See Holiday Closings for special hours)

Food & Drink
Small snacks and covered drinks are allowed. There are water fountains and water bottle refill stations on each floor by the public restrooms.

Parking
The Library shares parking with the Events Center and has designated Library-only spaces in front of the main entrance.

Recommendations
Bring a sweater or light jacket. The Library maintains an air conditioned temperature of 70 degrees to maintain its collections of print materials.

Include noise cancelling headphones or earplugs in your bag if you plan to study. The Library can be a lively gathering space for collaborators and scheduled events/performances, and the Study Rooms and Collaboration Rooms are not soundproof. 
 
Restrictions
Bringing personal items into the Library that collectively exceed 22” x 14” x 15” in size. This includes bedding. Blankets for small children are acceptable.

Using Library Technology

Full-service cardholders have free access to Library computers and laptops. Users may also purchase a guest pass for $2; the pass offers up to two hours of computer use in the Computer Lab and expires at the end of the business day.

The Library offers printing, copying, scanning and faxing:

Prints: $.25 per page bw; $.50 per page color

Scans: free. Scans can be emailed, uploaded to cloud service, and/or saved to USB device.

Copies: $.25/page bw; $.50/page color

Click here for mobile printing,

Faxing: No international faxing, Domestic only. Costs $.50 per page. A cover page can be added and is also an additional $.50 for that page. Payment options would be credit or debit card, but cash or check can be taken but front desk must be seen first.

Yes, WiFi and mobile printing are available. 

Prints: $.25 per page bw; $.50 per page color

Library staff are happy to assist you with logging on to computers, accessing and learning about Library-provided resources. For additional computer or software training, ask a staff member about our technology classes.