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Historical Resources

The library contains a small collection of local historical resources such as the following:

  • Riviera Beach, a history book published in 1976 by former Library Director Lynn Brink.
  • Back issues of selected dates in the 1950s and 1960s of northern Palm Beach County and Riviera Beach based newspapers The Sun and The Gulfstream News.
  • Selected collection of news stories written about Riviera Beach in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s in bound albums.
  • City Directories for the West Palm Beach/Riviera Beach area from 1936 to 1987 (for researching people and businesses).

 

 

A-Z Resources

The following links are also useful for research:

  • The 1619 Project - An ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.
  • Black Freedom Struggle in the United States: A Selection of Primary Sources - Visitors will find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.
  • Driving-Tests.org - Whether you'll be driving a car, motorcycle, or commercial vehicle, they have DMV practice tests and references to help you find the right answers when taking the test. In Partnership with the Riviera Beach Public Library.
  • Employ Florida Marketplace - The Employ Florida Marketplace is your one-stop online resource for job listings, education and training opportunities, career building assistance and much more.
  • Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade - Search over numerous datasets and reconstruct the lives of people involved in the historical slave trade. Browse interconnected data, generate visualizations, and explore short biographies of enslaved and freed peoples.
  • Florida Electronic Library - Lists of books and serials titles (and specific holdings) owned by libraries in Florida, in the Florida Group Catalog. Explore journal articles and rich digital collections including historic documents, photographs, world newspapers, 1000s of magazine publications and music. (For full access, sign up for a library Internet workstation or use your home computer with your library card number.)
  • Florida Memory Archives - Provided by the Florida Division of Library and Information services, the archive contains searchable photographs, moving images, audio, and exhibits about Florida.
  • Gale Business: DemographicsNow - Gain consumer and market insight from highly detailed demographic data on millions of U.S. businesses and consumers.
  • Gale Business: Entrepreneurship - Learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business. Includes sample business plans, how to guides, articles and more.
  • Gale OneFile: Educator's Reference Complete - Gain insight on issues in administration, funding and policy. Best for educators, administrators and education students.
  • Google Books - Research public domain books and other titles as well as Google's visual magazine archive.
  • International Children's Digital Library - Free online library of digitized children's books in many languages from various countries.
  • Library of Congress - Main Website and Catalog of the National Library.
  • Palm Beach County Government - Provides access to selected Palm Beach County websites, including the School District, the Sheriff's Office, the Supervisor of Elections, and more.
  • Trulia Real Estate Web Resource - Trulia provides comprehensive housing data with up to date information about trends, market activity, and neighborhood information (schools, crime, and community information).
  • WorldCat - Bibliographic records and library holdings from 7200 libraries around the world who participate in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).
  • World Digital Library - The WDL makes it possible to discover, study, and enjoy cultural treasures from around the world on one site, in a variety of ways. These cultural treasures include, but are not limited to, manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings.

Contact Information:

Sharmain Arnold

Children's Librarian

sarnold@rivierabeach.org

 

Erica Grant

Librarian

egrant@rivierabeach.org


Gloria Thomas

Senior Staff Assistant

gjthomas@rivierabeach.org

 

 

Location:

Riviera Beach Public Library

2129 North Congress Avenue

Riviera Beach, Florida 33404

Phone: (561) 845-4195
Email: Library@rivierabeach.org for card renewal or account questions.

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Hours:

Monday: 9:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Tuesday: 9:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Wednesday: 9:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Thursday: 9:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.

Saturday: 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Sunday: Closed

 

 

Directions:

From I-95, take the Blue Heron Blvd. exit, head east, turn south onto N. Congress Ave., and you will find our Library on the right, across the street from the Post Office. On the Bus, take Route 20 to Stop #3002 (Congress Ave. @ Blue Heron Blvd.), or Route 30 to Stop #2822 (Blue Heron Blvd. @ Congress Ave.).

 

 

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