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Government Research

The Government Research Service (GRS) is a special section of the Palm Beach County Library System providing a full range of research, information, and document delivery services to government clients, staff, and elected officials located in Palm Beach County. Since its inception in 1989, the mission of the GRS section is to meet the information needs of its clients in the areas of article and government document retrieval, local demographic information, and ongoing specialized research. This website is designed to assist GRS clients and the public in locating government resources.

Demographics & Census

Your Census source for detailed housing, population, economic, and statistical data.

Economic and demographic data about Florida and its local areas.

The Economic & Demographic Research Office’s estimating and forecasting data for Florida.

Access to Census research, newsroom, data, and geographic information.

Federal Government

Your online source to find and apply for federal funds, grants, and loans.

A new information database for searching U.S. Congress bills, laws, and journals.

The official site for presidential actions, executive orders, and proclamations.

The official portal to federal agencies, departments, and services.

Government E-Maps

The Library System's guide to county and Florida electronic mapping resources.

The Library System’s guide to cities in Palm Beach County with digital map sites.

E-Government Help

Submit questions about government resources and services online via home or office computers. Use "Type of Inquiry" menu for area of interest.

Palm Beach County Government's central point-of-contact site for all county public records and DVD meeting requests.

Government Documents

An official State of Florida portal to E-Government Services & Forms.

A digital guide to state and federal public documents and library depository sites.

County government meeting and workshop agendas with access to archived meeting minutes and videos.

Find family records and state, federal or international archives using the Library's 'Genealogy Research' site.

FEMA Flood Control Library

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's full-text "Resource & Document Library."

FEMA document holdings archived and indexed in the Library's automated catalog.

The goal of the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) is to outline the primary organizational structure, roles, and responsibilities of all partner or stakeholder agencies and organizations before, during, and after a disaster.

The objectives of this Ordinance are to promote safety; minimize expenditure of public money and the need for rescue and relief efforts associated with flooding; minimize prolonged business interruptions and damage to public facilities and utilities located in flood prone areas; and to help maintain a stable tax base by providing for the sound use and development of flood prone areas in such a manner as to minimize adverse impact of new buildings and to minimize future flood blight areas; and to ensure that those obtaining building permits and potential buyers are notified of property that is in an SFHA.

The Post Disaster Redevelopment Plan (PDRP) is intended to serve as a single source, countywide document to promote, assist and facilitate post and pre-disaster decisions and actions relating to long-term community recovery, reconstruction and economic redevelopment following major or catastrophic disasters.

The Palm Beach Disaster Recovery Plan provides an operational overview and organizational framework which will be implemented during the four phases of the disaster recovery process.

The purpose of the Palm Beach County LMS is to develop and execute an ongoing unified strategy for reducing the community’s vulnerability to identified natural, technological and societal hazards.

This Atlas provides maps which depict storm tide heights and the extent of stillwater, storm surge coastal flooding inundation from hurricanes of five different intensities in Palm Beach County.

Florida Government

Florida Department of State’s guide to departments, agencies, and the Cabinet.

Access Florida Senate & House of Representatives bills and laws.

The official portal to State of Florida information and services.

The Governor’s executive orders, press releases, and bill actions are found here.

Online Resources

The Library's digital guide to county, state and federal laws and regulations, consumer and legal how-to sites, and legal forms and case law databases.

The Library System provides access to electronic databases in the areas of business, law, current events, health, demographics and education.

Municipal Government

Links to official municipal government websites in Palm Beach County.

Membership organization for 38 municipalities in Palm Beach County.

County Government

The Clerk & Comptroller provides court services and safeguards public funds and records for County government.

The official web site of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners and departments.

Homestead exemption information and a searchable “PAPA” database are provided by the Property Appraiser.

The official web site of Sheriff’s Office allows access to county law enforcement services.

Business and residential tax collection information and searchable records are found on this site.

Constitutional officer provides election resources for Palm Beach County such as election results, early voting sites and absentee ballots.

Schools & Special Districts

School Board policies, meetings, and departments.

Information and contacts for special taxing districts in Palm Beach County created by the Florida Legislature.