"There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere."
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A library card is available free of charge to anyone who is able to show proof that they live in or own property in Franklin Township, work for the municipal government or own a business in Franklin (see "Library Card Master Chart" available at the Circulation Desk). A parent or legal guardian's signature and proof of residency are required to register a minor (age 17 and younger) for a library card. Minors must be present at the time of registration. The library requires all cardholders to provide a valid home or personal cell phone number.
Library cards must be periodically updated. At that time, patrons are required to show ID and proof of residency to renew borrowing privileges.
Business owners can download a business card application here.
All applicants need to apply for their library cards in person* and bring proof of residency in the form of:
* Homebound applicants must receive special permission to register from the Head of Circulation. You can download the homebound application here.
Reciprocal borrowers may apply for privileges if they are in good standing with their home libraries. When a patron from another reciprocal library applies for a FTPL barcode, we must contact the home library to verify his/her status. If staff cannot reach the home library the patron must return when his or her home library is open. This process is repeated upon yearly renewals of borrowing privileges (see Reciprocal Agreement.)
Non-residents who do not qualify for free memberships may purchase library cards for a yearly fee of $50.00.
You must have your library card on hand to renew materials. Materials can be renewed in any of the following ways:
Sometimes library materials cannot be renewed. Possible reasons for this include:
Most library materials can be placed on hold. The following materials cannot be placed on hold:
Holds may be placed by any of the following methods:
Items request through the online catalog that are currently on the shelf items you request are pulled for holds on the following morning. If you need an item sooner please contact the Reference Desk at 732-873-8700 Option 3
Once you are notified that a hold is read you have 2 days to pick that item up at the library. If you are unable to pick up a hold within the alotted time frame please contact the Circulation Desk at 732-873-8700 Option 2
Holds which are not picked up within 2 days are fined at a rate of $1.00 per hold.
If the library doe not own an item that you are looking for you may fill out a request form. The online form can be found here and paper forms are available at the Reference Desk.
The library will make its best effort to acquire most materials. Specialized materials, historical materials, periodical articles, and other materials not available for purchase will be forwarded to the state-wide Inter-Library Loan system and may take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks to receive a response
If you are a reciprocal borrower you must make a request through your home library.