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Historical Resources

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

  • 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 Riviera Beach based newspapers The Sun, and The Gulfstream News.
  • Selected collection of news stories written about Riviera Beach in the 60s, 70s, and 80s in bound albums.
  • City Directories for West Palm Beach/Riviera Beach area from 1936- 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.
  • 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:

Rodney E. Freeman, Jr.

Library Director

 Sharmain Arnold

Children's Librarian

Gloria Thomas

Senior Staff Assistant




Riviera Beach Public Library

600 West Blue Heron Boulevard
Riviera Beach, Florida 33404
Phone: (561) 845-4195
Email: for card renewal or account questions.

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Monday: 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Tuesday: 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Wednesday: 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Thursday: 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Friday: 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed


Out of an abundance of caution and to protect our patrons' safety, the Riviera Beach Public Library is closed to the public until further notice.




From I-95, take the Blue Heron Blvd. exit, head east, drive just beyond the F.E.C. railroad tracks, and you will find our Library which is located in the City of Riviera Beach Municipal Complex. On the Bus, use Route 30 to the City of Riviera Beach Municipal Complex.



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