Huge Donation To Help New Boca Raton Library


BOCA RATON, FL ( — A new business center at the brand new Boca Raton library will be named for a couple that loved to read — and whose family donated a huge amount of money. The family of Sidney and Ruth Heimberg donated $20,000.

According to the library:

The family of Sidney and Ruth Heimberg recently presented a gift of $20,000 to the Boca Raton Public Library (BRPL). In recognition of the Heimberg family gift, the City of Boca Raton announces the naming of the Sidney and Ruth Heimberg Business Meeting Room at the new Downtown Library.

In announcing his family’s gift, Fred Heimberg stated, “My parents loved reading and attending adult education programs. My brother Paul and I decided to make donations to libraries in Boston and Boca Raton in their memory.”

The Sidney and Ruth Heimberg Business Meeting Room is designed specifically for executive meetings of up to 10 participants. Amenities include a conference table with technology ports and connections, ergonomic chairs, serving counter and cabinets, adjustable lighting, oversized windows, original art, and high speed wireless Internet access. The Business Meeting Room may be reserved and used by individuals, community organizations, and businesses according to the BRPL usage policy and fee schedule.

The new Downtown Library, located at the corner of NW 2nd Avenue & NW 4th Street in Boca Raton, will replace the current library that opened more than 50 years ago. Boca Raton residents approved a $19.8 million bond in March 2003 to construct two new libraries. The Spanish River Library opened in January 2008. The new Downtown Library will open in the summer of 2013.

The new Downtown Library will provide improved services and community spaces accommodating more than 700 people using study, meeting, computing, and reading areas. Features of the new Library include a Community Meeting Room with seating for 155 people, 70 public access computers and Wi-Fi services, as well as 10 private study and tutoring rooms. The building will seek a Silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Friends of the Boca Raton Library donated $250,000 to the City in support of the new Downtown Library. In recognition of the Friends gift, the City has announced the naming of the Friends of the Library Community Meeting Room.

The Rotary Club of Boca Raton donated $50,000 for enhancements to the Library’s Youth Services Center. In acknowledgment of the Club’s gift, the City has announced the recognition of the Rotary Club in the glass engraved entrance wall of the Youth Services Center.

For more information on naming and recognition opportunities, please contact Tom Sloan, Manager of Library Services, City of Boca Raton.

The Boca Raton Public Library provides outstanding library services, resources, and programs that meet the educational, recreational, cultural, and informational needs of library users. For more information about the Boca Raton Public Library, please visit

















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