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Historical Resources

The library contains a small collection of local historical resources including 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 the 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:

  • 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 - Whether you'll be driving a car, motorcycle, or commercial vehicle, this site has 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 - 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 - Since 2003, the FEL has provided over 190 million articles, e-books, videos and other electronic resources to the citizens of Florida. (For full access, sign up for a library Internet workstation or use your home computer with your library card number.)
  • Florida Memory - Provided by the Florida Division of Library and Information Services, the archive contains searchable historical records, photographs, videos, audio recordings, and exhibits about Florida.
  • Google Books - Search the world's most comprehensive index of full-text books.
  • International Children's Digital Library - Free online library of digitized children's books in many languages from various countries.
  • Kijana Heroes Picture Project – Every picture tells a story! This website provides for users a series of virtual posters of black pioneers who have made a tremendous difference within their respective fields and the world in general. We encourage all of our library users to read and learn about the stories behind each picture. The pictures, the stories, and the contributions embody the essence of history.
  • Library of Congress - The main website of the largest library in the world, with millions of books, films and video, audio recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections.
  • Palm Beach County Government - Provides access to selected Palm Beach County websites, including the Sheriff's Office, the Supervisor of Elections, and more.
  • Trulia - A real estate web resource that provides comprehensive housing data with up to date information about trends, market activity, and neighborhood information.
  • WorldCat - Bibliographic records and library holdings from more than 10,000 libraries around the world who participate in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC).
  • World Digital Library - This collection contains cultural heritage materials and significant historical documents including books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, journals, prints, photographs, sound recordings, and films.

Contact Information:

Adam Brody

Library Director


Sharmain Arnold

Children's Librarian


April Jiles

 Adult Librarian


Paula Reyes

Senior Staff Assistant





Riviera Beach Public Library

2129 North Congress Avenue

Riviera Beach, Florida 33404

Phone: (561) 845-4195
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Sunday: Closed




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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