Getting a Library Card
Morris County Residents
Most Morris County residents are issued a library card by the local library in the community in which they reside. Additional information and links are available from the list of M.A.I.N. Libraries.
Morris County Residents Without Local Libraries
Residents of Morris County who live in Boonton Township, Mine Hill, Netcong, and Victory Gardens are eligible for a library card issued by the Morris County Library. This card is good only at the Morris County Library and the County College of Morris (CCM), and is valid for three years. To obtain a card residents of these communities must present a valid driver’s license or non-driver’s ID issued by the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission that reflects their address in one of the above communities.
Morris County Library will issue a temporary card to any resident of Morris County who does not have a card in the system already and presents a valid driver’s license or non-driver’s license ID issued by the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission that reflects a current Morris County address. The card is valid for three months and cannot be renewed. During that time the patron needs to obtain a permanent card from his/her local library.
Our library participates in Open Borrowing which allows patrons from the Morris County Library to borrow materials directly, in person, from participating PALS, LMxAC, Sussex and Warren County libraries. For additional information and a complete list of participating libraries, please visit OpenBorrowing.org or contact the Morris County Library Circulation Department at 973-285-6930.
Employees of companies in Morris County, who work in Morris County but do not reside in Morris County, may be able to obtain a courtesy card from the local library in the town in which the employer is located. For details, contact that local public library.
Access for Persons with Disabilities
Access for Persons with Disabilities
An access card is required for use of the library’s accessible entrance. This entrance is located on the eastern (right) side of the front of the library. Eight accessible parking spaces are located adjacent to this entrance. Ring the bell if your card does not open the door.
Access cards can be obtained at the library’s Circulation Desk. The Circulation Desk is located on the first floor of the library, near the library’s main entrance. Access cards are issued to Morris County residents who present a valid, wallet-sized State of New Jersey disability ID card. A library card is not required. The first access card is issued free. Replacement cards cost $5.00.For additional information, please contact the Circulation Department at 973-285-6930.
Your Library Account and P.I.N. Number
Your Library Account
You can call the MCL Circulation Desk at 973-285-6930 to obtain current information regarding your library account including the materials you have charged out, their due dates, information about overdue fines or lost items and more. In order to access your account by telephone, you must provide your 13-digit library (barcode) number. Your library account can also be accessed online using your library card number and your unique PIN – Personal Identification Number. To access your account online, log in to the online catalog.
Your P.I.N. Number
In order to access your library account online, you must have both your library card number and a Personal Identification Number or “PIN”. If you have not specified a PIN number, please visit your library. A PIN number is also required to reserve materials online and for remote access to many library databases. If you want to change an existing PIN number, you can do this online when you are logged into your account. For more information, contact your local library.
Loan periods for most MCL-owned items are as follows:
- Non-fiction books – 28 days
- New Fiction – 14 days
- CDs – 14 days
- DVDs and videos – 7 days
- Art prints – 28 days
For more information inquire at the Circulation Desk or contact the Book Information Department at 973-285-6970.
Items owned by the Morris County Library can be returned to the Morris County Library’s Circulation Desk or Media Circulation Desk. Materials can also be placed into the book and media return boxes in front of the library either during open hours or when the library is closed. You can also return MCL-owned library materials to your local township library or to any other library within the M.A.I.N. library network. Interlibrary Loan materials obtained from outside of the M.A.I.N. network, and picked up at the Morris County Library, must be returned to the Morris County Library.
Overdue Fines and Items
Overdue fines on materials charged out from the Morris County Library are 10 cents per day. The Morris County Library offers its patrons two grace days beyond the due date. Items returned within this time period do not accumulate fines.
Fines accumulate beginning on the third day past the item due date. They are retroactive to the due date so that fines begin at 30 cents on the third day past the item due date. Fines continue to be charged at 10 cents per day until the overdue item is returned. Fines accumulate up to a maximum charge of $5 per overdue item. When the amount of recorded or estimated fines on your account is $5.00 or more, your account is blocked. When your account is blocked, you cannot charge out, renew or reserve library materials. Estimated fines are generated by overdue items charged out on your library card.
NOTE: Local libraries have different fine policies. Contact your library, or the lending library, for more information.
When library materials are not returned on time, the library mails overdue notices to patrons, requesting that the outstanding materials be returned. Two overdue notices and one bill notice is sent. Following the bill notice, a letter will be sent listing the outstanding items and their replacement cost and requesting that the patron contact the library immediately. If the patron does not contact the library within fifteen (15) days after receipt of this letter, the account will be turned over to a collection agency in order to retrieve the items or the cost of the items. An additional $15 collection fee is added to these accounts.
Renewing Library Materials
Renewing Library Materials
All MCL-owned library materials may be renewed two times if there are no holds on these materials and if the renewal limit has not been exceeded. Local libraries have different renewal policies. Contact your local library regarding its policy.
Lost or Damaged Materials
Lost or Damaged Materials
Please contact the Circulation Desk at 973-285-6930 if MCL material has been damaged or lost. Cash, checks and money orders accepted, payable to the County of Morris. We do not accept replacement copies or give refunds.
If you have lost materials owned by a library other than the Morris County Library, you should contact that library. Contact information for all M.A.I.N. libraries is available online at the M.A.I.N. Libraries Page.
Placing and Picking Up Items on Hold
Reserving materials (placing holds)
There are two ways to reserve materials you want to obtain from the Morris County Library. You can contact the Book Information Desk at 973-285-6970 to place holds on books, or the Media Reference Desk at 973-285-6979 to place holds on media items including DVDs, videos, music CDs, and other materials. You can also place holds using the online M.A.I.N. catalog. Simply search for the item you are seeking, and then select the appropriate links to reserve your items. You will need both your library card number (barcode number) and your PIN (Personal Identification Number) in order to reserve items online.
Picking up reserved items for others:
To pick up reserved materials for family or friends, you need to present the library card of the person who reserved the item. If you do not have the card, the reserving patron’s library account must include authorization for the person picking up the hold. Authorizations must be done in person at any M.A.I.N. library.
Morris County Library will attempt to borrow materials not owned in MAIN libraries for you, first, from NJ libraries and, second, from up to 10 libraries around the country.
We ask that you
1) Return these materials owned by other libraries on time. We will not submit new borrow requests for you when there are overdue items. Our borrowing privileges will be suspended by many libraries if we do not return items promptly. Loans can only be renewed at the discretion of the owning library. Please contact the Reference Desk at 973-285-6969 if you would like to renew a loan.
2) Restrict yourself to 10 items charged out, at a time.
3) Do not request materials published in the current year. They are rarely lent, including by us to others.
4) Please submit no more than five (5) interlibrary loan requests per week.
(a) Fines will be collected on overdue interlibrary loans.
(b) Interlibrary materials borrowed by MCL must be picked up and dropped off at MCL.
Library Account Privacy
Privacy: protecting your personal data
Morris County Library takes appropriate measures to help protect the information in your library records to help protect your privacy. New Jersey Law – NJSA 18A:73-43.2, Confidentiality of library users’ records: Library records which contain the names or other personally identifying details regarding the users of libraries are confidential and shall not be disclosed except in the following circumstances.
a. The records are necessary for the proper operation of the library;b. Disclosure is requested by the user; orc. Disclosure is required pursuant to a subpoena issued by a court or court order. L.1985, c. 172, §2, eff. May 31, 1985.