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The library requires that patrons must present their library cards in order to check out or renew loans.
Your smartphone = your library card. Install a loyalty card app to your phone or mobile device and add your library card. You can save multiple cards to the app, a convenience for families. The library suggests you try using KeyRing, CardStar or Stocard. All three are available for Android and Apple devices.
No card or smartphone? We allow a one-time checkout with your driver’s license. Staff can also hold the items aside for you.
Please see our borrowing table for information on loan periods, loan limits, and overdue fees.
You can use the My Account section of our online catalog to maintain your library account from home or on the go.
In order to access your account you need your Library Card number and PIN. If you do not know your PIN you can contact the library’s Circulation Desk at 732-873-8700 option 2.
To renew your materials online:
In person, items can be renewed by either presenting the materials needing a renewal or the library card that was used to borrow the materials.
You may call to speak with a Circulation staff member during library hours if you need help with renewing your items. Dial 732-873-8700, and select option 2.
A single item may be renewed by reading aloud the item’s barcode.
Multiple items may be renewed by reading aloud the number of the library card that was used to borrow the materials.
If neither the card number nor the item barcode are readily available, we ask that you please call back later.
You may also use SAM, the library’s automated circulation system. SAM is available 24/7 by calling 732-873-3985 or 732-873-3986.
Renewals via SAM will require that you log on with your library card number and PIN. If you have forgotten your PIN, you may recover it by dialing 732-873-8700, and selecting option 2 to speak to a circulation staff member. Help is available during normal business hours only
You can download Bookmyne for either Android or Apple devices. The Bookmyne app allows you to easily maintain your library account from a mobile device. Use Bookmyne to:
Items must be renewed on time to avoid being assessed fees. Items that cannot be renewed for any reason must still be returned on time to avoid being assessed fees.
Most library materials can be renewed two times unless they are on reserve for another patron. New entertainment videos cannot be renewed. Circulating Reference, Book-Club-Kits and Museum passes cannot be renewed. Patrons wanting to renew a Kindle or an Inter-Library Loan will need to contact the Reference Desk for assistance with this special request.
If your account is blocked because of fees you may still be able to renew, but you will need to speak with a Circulation staff member for assistance. Dial 732-873-8700, and select option 2.
The library offers several convenient ways to help our patrons get the materials that they desire. Patrons can place holds on items that are checked out and even request that the library pull and deliver materials in, or between, branches.
Placing an item on hold does not guarantee its immediate availability. If items are needed in less than 48 hours, patrons will need to call the Adult or Children’s Reference Desk for assistance.
Not all collections are eligible for holds. Non-holdable materials include: New entertainment movies, items from the Historical or Reference collections, Interlibrary Loans, Kindles, Museum Passes, and magazines or periodicals.
Patrons wanting to pick up a hold for another user must present the card that was used to place the hold.
You can cancel a hold any time before the pickup expiration date. Manage your account online using MY ACCOUNT or Bookmyne. Help is also available if you call 732-873-8700, option 2.
Call the Circulation desk to request an extension of the pickup date at 732-873-8700, option 2.
Or you just don’t want too many holds coming in at once? Suspend your hold request! Your place will be frozen in the hold’s queue until you are ready. You can suspend a hold request online using the MY ACCOUNT or Bookmyne. Help is also available if you call 732-873-8700, option 2.
Just set your hold request to expire automatically if it does not arrive in time. You can set an expiration date when you place the hold request. Help is also available if you call 732-873-8700, option 2. You will not be charged an expired hold fee if the hold is not filled by your specified date.
Please be advised that the library charges a $1.00 fee for any available hold that that is not picked up by the patron who requested it. This fee allows the library to move the hold’s list along more quickly for all patrons who are waiting. Patrons will not be charged for any unfilled holds or holds that are canceled before the pickup expiration date. Patrons can cancel their holds online using the MY ACCOUNT or Bookmyne. Help is also available if you call 732-873-8700, option 2.
Need something that the library does not already own? We may be able to get that for you too! If you are unable to find the materials that you desire in our catalog, the library may be able to obtain them for you through our Interlibrary Loan or Purchase Request services. Some limitations may apply.
For details on placing a request contact the Adult Services Desk at 732-873-8700, option 3 or check out the online form.
Items can be returned directly to the circulation desk or in our outside book/media drop boxes.
Items left in the book/media drops will remain on your record until they are checked in. This may take several hours. If you need an item to be immediately cleared, you must wait in line for a staff member to assist you.
Items left in the book/media drop will be will be checked in according to the last date the library was open. (For example, items placed in the book drop Friday may not clear from your record until Sunday if we are closed, but you will not be assessed fines if the items were due on Friday.)
Museum Passes and Kindles must be returned directly to the Adult Services desk at Demott Lane at least 15 minutes prior to closing.
All media materials are counted before being checked out. If material is returned missing or replaced with non-library materials you may be billed for replacement costs.
If patrons lose or damage library materials beyond repair they must pay the full replacement cost. For most materials, this amount will reflect the original retail value.
Patrons can replace certain lost/damaged materials; however, patrons must check with the library first. Replacement copies must be new and have the same ISBN. The Library reserves the right to reject the replacement bought by the patron if it does not meet the library’s standards. Patrons who bring in replacement copies must pay a $5.00 processing fee.
The library cannot accept replacement copies for items from the Children’s collections. Patrons must pay the replacement cost for these items.
Refunds can only be issued if library staff finds the item within six months of payment. If a patron pays for an item, or items, and later finds it, they may keep it or donate it back to the library.
It is important to keep contact information up-to-date to receive library notifications. Failure to receive the notice does not absolve patrons of responsibility returning items on time.
The first over notice will be sent when items are 4 days overdue. Items are assumed lost after 28 days. For a complete schedule of library notifications, please see the Library's Circulation Policies.
If you feel that you have received an overdue notice in error, please call 732-873-8700, option 2 to speak to a circulation staff member.