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I’ll be visiting the Keys, what library services are available?

Posted Oct 7, 2012 Posted by 33 Comments

We offer a visitors card for $30.00 annually entitling you to full check-out privileges. In addition, each library offers a free paperback exchange and ongoing book sale, with most titles less than $5.00. Library programs, such as author lectures and film screenings, are free and open to the public.

The library PCs provide internet and word processing service and remain free to residents and visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.  Printing from library PCs  is available for $0.10 per page. (Wireless printing not available yet.) Visit the location closest to you to connect! The Wi-Fi is wide open, so no password nor special gymnastics needed to connect.

We look forward to your visit!


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  • Rick said:

    The Key west branch has little knowledge of internet access using your personal laptop within the library. I hope this gets corrected soon.

  • Anne said:

    Thank you for taking the time to let us know about this deficiency. Please contact me at anner@keyslibraries.org to provide more details of the problems you were experiencing with access so we can work on this. Thanks again for your time and interest.

  • C.H. said:

    I had difficulty connecting to the Wi-Fi at the Marathon Public Library. It said it required a password or WEP key or something of that sort.

    I’ve seen others using the Wi-Fi, so I’m sure it works, but I’m usually multi-tasking when I’m there, and have not yet had the chance to ask about this. It’d be nice if there were a sign(s) in the library advertising this information if it’s open-access.

    Thank you!

  • Anne said:

    Thanks for writing! Our public Wi-Fi remains wide open and available without a password. Double-check that your device is connecting to the network called MC-Public.

  • Joe Metz said:

    I would like to view an online seminar in the time frame this Saturday the 9th between 3 and 6 PM. Is the library open and if not is the WiFi working at this time? (I could sit outside.)

    Thank you, Joe

  • Anne said:

    I’m so sorry that I didn’t answer before Saturday. Did you get to view your webinar at the library? We have library hours posted on a number of spots on the website, but the most detail is under the “Use the Library” drop-down to the “Locate Libraries” link.
    Best wishes,

  • Mike Langston said:

    I just purchased a nook color. Do you have books available to borrow or are affiliated with another public library that offers the service. I am library card holder.

  • Julie Burrus said:

    Our family will be in the Keys this winter. We homeschool our children and are wondering if it’s possible to use the library on occasion to do homeschool. With our younger child, we do need to talk through the lessons; so weren’t sure if there is a meeting room or cubbies available so as not to disturb others using the library. Thanks.

  • Anne said:

    Hi Julie,
    We look forward to your visit! Which library will be closest to you? I’ll be sure to forward on your question to the right library, as space and resources vary from location to location.

  • Diane said:

    Hi, does the library at Big Pine Key have a printer available to use with the computer? I need to print some documents & do not know where I may do so. How much is the cost? Thanks!

  • Becky said:

    I will be visiting Key West next week (3/13 – 3/18) and see that the Key West Library has wireless access. (Yeah!). Do you the capability to print from your computers there? I am a college professor and need to download and print final exams to grade while I am there! I assume if you do have the capability that there would be a cost. How much would that be?


  • Anne said:

    Hi Becky,
    We do offer printing, but only from our public PCs. No printing via wi-fi, yet. Our PCs are free and available first-come, first served. Cost to print is $0.10/page.
    We look forward to your visit!

  • Lenka Silhova said:

    Is it possible to use Skype in your library?
    Thank you, Lenka

  • Anne said:

    Hi Lenka,
    Thank you for your question. While Skype is not available on the library’s public PCs, you’re welcome to use the Wi-fi with your mobile device. The Wi-fi signal even reaches the Library Palm Garden–a lovely place to Skype!

  • Charlotte Stoehr said:

    We will in Key West in the Second week in October. We will be visiting the library to access the wifi for our business. What are your policies and fees for printing?

  • Anne said:

    Hi Charlotte, printing is $0.10 per page with a limit of 20 pages per session. Please note that printing is only available from the library PCs, not via the Wi-Fi. Use of the library PCs is free and is not busy during that time of year.
    Safe travels and we look forward to your visit!

  • Caroline said:

    Are you open on MLK day? Do you have a fax machine?

  • Jan Cota said:

    We will be visiting key west this mont.h Can we print a boarding pass at the library?

    Thank you

  • Nan said:

    Hi Jan,
    You should be able to print a boarding pass from our public access Internet computers. Printing is 10 cents a page. The Internet area closes one hour before the library (5 p.m. every day except Wednesday, when it’s 7 p.m.). On Thursday mornings, we hold computer classes so the computers are open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. If you have any questions, please call us at 305-292-3595.

  • Albert said:

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  • Anne said:

    Hi Albert,
    Nothing is ever off-topic at the library! Our site is also built on WordPress. We use a few useful plugins to prevent spamming and such. Please contact me a anner@keyslibraries.org for more info.
    Thank you for your interest!

  • Cindy said:

    My husband and I are just starting the process of buying a house. It may be necessary for us to print, sign and return some real estate forms electronically while we are in KW for two weeks.

    Do you have print and scan OR print and FAX services to get required paperwork back to realtor?

  • Anne said:

    Hi Cindy,
    We do not provide scan or fax, but we can refer you to a few local business centers that can assist you with that.

    We look forward to your visit and best of luck with your home purchase!

  • Gail said:

    I will be in Marathon Jan-March 2014. I volunteer at my local library, and wonder if I might be of any help during that time.Do you have a volunteer coordinator that I may contact?

  • Walt said:

    Hi Gail,

    It’ll be nice to have you here in town. Since that is our busiest season, an extra pair of hands might indeed be of help. Feel free to contact the library at (305) 743-5156 and ask for Gloria Goodman, our Branch Manager, or myself, Walt Johnson; or simply stop by and see us once you arrive.

    Thanks so much for thinking of the Library!

  • Andy said:


    I’ll be visiting Bahia Honda State Park area for boy scout camping this weekend. While my son is camping, I might wind up having to do some computer work on my laptop for most of the day on Saturday while the library is open. Here are some questions I have.

    (1) Would I be too intruding if I wind up hanging out at the library for good part of the day?
    (2) Would there possibly be an AC outlet available to charge my laptop?
    (3) Which branch would be less intruding? Big Pine Key branch or Marathon branch? I don’t want to stick out and disturb the library’s normal operation too much.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Walt said:

    Hi Andy,

    Your son will love Bahia Honda; it’s a unique & beautiful place. And you’re welcome here in Marathon during his adventure. Our wireless is available 24/7. It’s an open network; just look for “MC-Public” and connect – there’s no key.

    No need to consider your presence an intrusion; far from it. We have two areas that are particularly suited to laptop work, one comfy and overstuffed, the other desktop space, both off away from the hustle & bustle, and both with outlets available.

    You’re welcome to make use of either, and of course our other resources, for as long as you need. No worries!


  • Stephen said:

    Hi Andy,

    Ditto here at the Big Pine Key Library. The one advantage here is that Big Pine Is closer to Bahia Honda Park. We’re open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

    I hope you and your son have a great time in the Florida Keys.


  • Elaine Rauer said:

    Hi, I will be living in the Keys for 2 months this winter. In the past I have accessed your library activities and have attended your quilting group (sit and sew) on Fridays. I have been going over the library activities and don’t see any mention of the sit and sew. Are you still offering it? Is it still on Fridays? What are the times?

  • Diane Link said:

    Is there a library pass for a week or ten days? I’ll be with my granddaughter on vacation and would love to check out some books for her.

  • Anne said:

    Hi Diane, thank you for your email and question. We offer an annual pass for $30.00. Library activities and story times are open to all, so we look forward to seeing you and granddaughter soon.

  • Mike Johnson said:

    Hi. My sister in law lives in Key Largo. I have been telling her what a great resource Hoopla is. Does the Keys Library subscribe to the Hoopla digital service? Thanks.

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