Using the Library

Get Oriented

Get a Library Card

Start borrowing books, DVDs, eBooks and more today with a library card, FREE to residents of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System’s taxing district.

Borrowing

Cardholders can borrow books, DVDs, audiobooks, CDs, graphic novels and video games and download eBooks, audiobooks, magazines and music.

Fines & Fees

Fines and fees are charged to cardholders for items returned late, lost or damaged items, unclaimed holds, and filled Interlibrary Loan requests.

Computers & Internet

With a library card, patrons are able to use library desktop computers and laptops equipped with Internet access, Microsoft Office 2010 and printer access.

Mobile Apps

The Library offers mobile apps for free! Manage your account, search the catalog, download and read eBooks, download music, and read the latest magazines.

Assistive Services & Technology

MDPLS provides resources that help individuals with a visual, physical, hearing or speech disability access library materials, equipment and services.

Resources

Browse the Catalog

Browse the library catalog by title, author, subject or series.

eBooks & More

Download eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, and magazines for children, teens, and adults for free from the library.

Reading Ready Early Literacy

The Miami‑Dade Public Library System’s Reading Ready Early Literacy Program is for parents and caregivers of children ages birth to five years.

Children

Find resources for children, including library databases and websites for homework help, booklists, online games and children’ eBooks.

Teens

Find resources for teens, including booklists, databases, and websites for homework help, college, careers, health & relationships, and volunteering.

24/7 Library

Away from the library? Need library services after hours? The Library offers a collection of resources available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Holiday Schedule

Miami‑Dade Public Library System is closed on 11 County‑observed holidays.

Services

Mobile Printing

Submit documents to print from wherever you are — on the road or a home office, from any internet connected device to various library locations.

Ask A Librarian

Ask a Librarian provides Florida residents with virtual reference services through live chat and text messaging from 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday (ET), and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday (ET).

InterLibrary Loan

Library cardholders can request books, articles and audiovisual materials not part of the Library’s collection from a vast network of libraries.

Suggestions for Purchase

Recommend books, DVDs, eBooks and other materials for the Library to purchase.

Mobile Library

The mobile libraries make scheduled stops each week throughout Miami‑Dade County, bringing books, DVDs, music and audiobooks to the community.

Museum Pass

The Museum Pass program provides patrons free entry for a family of four to local museums and parks.

Connections: For the Homebound

Connections loans library materials by mail to individuals who are unable to visit the library in person due to disabilities or conditions of aging.

Talking Books & Braille

The Talking Books Library loans audio and Braille books by mail to persons who have difficulty reading because of blindness, or visual, physical or reading disabilities.

Jump Start Early Literacy Kits

Jump Start is an early literacy service that offers storytime experiences for babies, toddlers and preschoolers outside of the library.

Project L.E.A.D. Adult Literacy

Project L.E.A.D. (Literacy for Every Adult in Dade) is an adult literacy program designed to assist English‑speaking adults who are functionally illiterate.

Meeting Room Rental

Meeting rooms may be rented for programs open to the public and held for the benefit of the general public.