As part of the Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative, the library extends free services to the entire county population. Visitors and out-of-county users are charged a moderate fee. For an introduction to the Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative, please click here.
The Destin Library is supported by city and county taxpayers, who expect our facilities to be clean, comfortable, and safe places for selecting materials, reading, researching, studying, writing and attending library or community sponsored programs and meetings. To this end, the library is responsible for establishing rules of conduct to protect the rights and safety of library patrons, volunteers and staff, and for preserving and protecting the library’s materials, equipment, facilities and grounds. Please click here for our Standards of Acceptable Library Behavior Policy.
The Destin Library was founded in 1940 as a volunteer-run community lending library. Housed in the Sunday school room of the First Presbyterian Church on Calhoun Avenue, the library consisted of approximately 200 volumes. The collection was largely the result of one man's generosity: Mr. Albert Fox of Syracuse, NY donated the books for the express purpose of founding a library in the village he would eventually call home. The library collection was housed in several different facilities over the years; after outgrowing the church it was moved to the upper floor of the old Destin Community Center building, and then to the purpose-built library across the street at 108 Stahlman Avenue. The Stahlman Avenue library was expanded to include a thrift shop to support library operations by the Friends of the Destin Library. (That building now houses the Destin History and Fishing Museum.)
In 1989, five years after the City of Destin was incorporated as a self-governing municipality, the Destin Library was added as a department of the City government organization. The Friends of the Destin Library continue to support library programming and facility improvements. In 2002 ground was broken for the new Sibert Avenue library facility, and its doors officially opened to the public on St. Patrick's Day of 2003. This 13,000 square foot facility continues to evolve, with the addition of private study rooms and a digital media lab in 2014.
The Destin Library provides a material collection which supports the community’s need for information, both personal and business-related. An extensive collection of recreational reading materials is available in regular-print, large-print, digital and electronic formats. The nonfiction collection is particularly strong in military history. The entire collection is in a continual process of reevaluation, with outdated, overly worn and unused items removed to make room for current, up to date materials in a variety of formats.
Through the library, the City of Destin is supporting lifelong learning for all its residents. Children’s programming is offered for various ages, from toddlers through middle school students. Adult programming emphasizes computer / internet use classes so that electronic materials can be made accessible to all ages.
Catalog & Building
The library’s catalog provides access to all six Okaloosa County Cooperative library collections. Electronic information resources are expanding to meet the needs of the entire community. The library building provides meeting space for a variety of special programs. Reservations must be made by contacting the library.
Okaloosa County Residents or Property Owners
Free library cards are issued to residents or property owners in Okaloosa County. A Destin Library card entitles you to full services at all 6 libraries in the Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative. Photo ID, proof of current street address (such as lease agreement or utility bill) and contact telephone numbers are required to obtain a library card. Parents may apply for library cards for their school-aged children and are responsible for all materials checked out on their cards. Students with a current driver license may apply for their own card.
Minimal fees are charged to out of county patrons and seasonal visitors. Unless you are an Okaloosa County property owner, you will be charged $26 per family for a seasonal membership, or $35 per family for a full-year membership. This entitles you to full use of our facility as well as other Okaloosa County libraries. Special policies apply for international students. Please call us at 837-8572 for more information.
Circulation period is two weeks for all materials, with the exception of DVDs, which are circulated for seven days only.
Cardholders are limited to ten books and five DVDs per card.
Patrons are asked to bring their library card with them to check out items or to use the public access computers. A fee of $1 is charged for replacement cards.
Lost or Damaged Items
Patrons are responsible for paying for all items lost or damaged. With approval of the Library Director, replacement of the item may be made with the same title or another suitable title. Parents are responsible for any overdue / damaged / lost items on their children's cards, as well as fines incurred.
Our fines are as follows:
Renewal and Holds
Materials (except DVDs and new release books) may be renewed twice by phone or online from the library website catalog. To renew online, enter your 14-digit library barcode number (typed without spaces) and your PIN. (If you have never chosen a PIN, the default PIN is “CHANGEME”). Click on “My Account” and then “Renew My Materials.” Online renewals are blocked on accounts with large fines or more than four overdue items. Items on hold request by another patron may not be renewed. Holds for items currently checked out or at another OCPLC library may be placed online. Email notices for hold requests ready for pick-up are automatically sent out each day around 3 p.m. from “ocplcinfo” if your email address is on file. Please note that the email is sent out before your requested item hits our shelves. You may wish to call before making a special trip to the library.
Meeting Room Policy
The Destin Library is pleased to provide use of meeting rooms for citizens, local nonprofit groups, and community organizations in Okaloosa County. This service brings the resources of the Library and the interest and activities of the community together. Library cardholders in good standing may reserve a meeting room on a first come, first serve basis. Preference will be given to educational and cultural programming and community service groups. For others who need meeting space, please call the Destin Community Center at 850-654-5184.