Using The Library/Policies

Using The Library/Policies

Getting a Library Card:

Okaloosa County residents may get a free Fort Walton Beach library card. Applicants need to show two things to apply – a photo ID and proof of residence, such as a current piece of mail, utility bill, car registration, or checkbook showing applicant’s name and current address. Students who attend Okaloosa County schools but who reside outside of the county may obtain a free card for the current semester when they provide proof of registration or a current college ID card. Winter visitors and temporary residents of Okaloosa County – a 6-month family library card for $20. This includes those residing less than 6 months out of the year in Okaloosa County, temporary military and motel or boat residents. TDY and relocating military may present a copy of orders. Residents of Walton, Santa Rosa and surrounding counties – $35 for a one-year family library card. Your full-privilege Fort Walton Beach Library card is good at all of the other five libraries that make up the Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative -Destin, Mary Esther, Valparaiso, Niceville, and Crestview libraries. Temporary cards and special cards may not be honored at other libraries for all services.

Your full-privilege library card provides access to the library’s online catalog and account information. Your login is your barcode number and the PIN. The default PIN is changeme and should be changed when you first log in. Holds may be placed on items that are currently checked out or available at other county libraries.

In addition to borrowing library materials, your card will let you reserve a computer, search databases such as the Florida Electronic Library or HeritageQuest, and checkout eBooks/Audiobooks using your tablet or ereader.

Downloadable Library Card Application
Library Card Application Adult
Library Card Application Youth

Please bring your completed application, a photo ID and proof of residence, such as a current piece of mail, utility bill, car registration, or checkbook showing applicant’s name and current address to the checkout desk at the Fort Walton Beach Public Library.

How do I replace a Lost or Stolen Library Card?

First, report your card as lost or stolen, either by phone, (850) 833-9590, in person, or by email ( ). Please be aware that when you registered for your FWB Library card, you accepted responsibility for all items on the card, all use made of the card and all charges made against it until your card is reported lost. The Library must have a record of your card having been reported lost, or it is not considered lost. The cost of replacing a lost or stolen card is $1.00.

What is a Personal Identification Number (PIN)?

When using certain Library services (such as checking your account online) you will be asked to enter both your library card number (found on the back of your card) and your PIN. If you have forgotten or do not know your PIN, you should visit or call the Library with valid identification, and a staff member may reset your PIN for you.

What We Offer:

  • Free membership for Okaloosa County residents
  • Ebooks available for download
  • Reserves on popular DVD and book titles
  • Wireless Access
  • Individual study rooms to accommodate 2-3 individuals
  • Internet Access with b/w printing; .20 per page; we do not offer color printing
  • B/W copy machine; .20 per page
  • Passport Acceptance Site
  • Microfilm machine with b/w printer; .20 per page
  • Test Proctoring Services
  • Selection of research databases via the Florida Electronic Library
  • Computer Classes and One-on-One Assistance
  • Story Time for babies and toddlers
  • Northwest Florida Daily News microfilm from 1915 to August 2010.
  • Page Turners Book Club
  • Mystery by the Book
  • Community art displays
  • Obituary Search – Northwest Florida Daily News
  • A meeting room for library and community events
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Monomouse – an assistive reading device for the visually impaired; available for checkout
  • Wheelchairs and scooters available for the disabled
  • Books by Mail provided through the OCPLC

Library Policies:

Donation Policy
OCPLC Internet Policy
Meeting Room
Circulation Policy
Hold/Request Policy
Art Display Guidelines