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Items
Length of Loan

New adult books, large print, and new audio books
2 weeks

Older adult books, large print, and audio books
4 weeks

Children’s items
2 weeks

Teen books
4 weeks

Magazines – Adult and Teen
1 week

DVDs
2 weeks

Music CDs
2 weeks

Video games and Nintendo game players
1 week

Rental DVDs and blu-ray discs
2 days (longer on weekends)

Museum passes
1 day (longer on weekends)

Book discussion kits
4 weeks

Children’s Parenting collection
4 weeks

Downloadable eBooks and audio books
1 or 2 weeks

Downloadable magazines
Unlimited loan

Most Library items can be renewed twice if the item has not been requested by another Library patron.  However, some items borrowed from others in our network of partner libraries have different renewal terms and are not renewable beyond the original due date.

There are several ways to renew your borrowed Library items:

  • To renew Library items online 24/7, go to your online Library Account; if needed, follow instructions in the pamphlet Quick Start for the MAIN Catalog using Polaris® PowerPAC®
  • If you have receive an email from the Library reminding you to return an item due soon, or an email regarding an overdue item, select the Catalog link in your email, log into your Library Account, and request to renew.  Click here for instructions.
  • Visit the Library
  • Call the Library to renew at 908-204-3031 ext. 2  for Adult and Teen items, ext. 3 for Children’s items
  • Text the Library @ 6676.  Start your text with askbtl: 

There is a limit of 200 items checked-out on your Library card at one time.  There is a limit of 4 downloadable eBooks and/or audio books on your Library checked-out at one time.

Return items 24/7 to our outside book drops.  Return date is backdated to the previous pick-up from the book drop sites.  Please return Museum Passes to Bernards Library or to the after-hours book drops located at the Library, not the remote book returns.

  • The Hills - Hansom Road Clubhouse ; daily pick-up Monday – Friday
  • Somerset Hills YMCA - 140 Mt. Airy Road ; weekly pick-up Fridays
  • Bernards Township Library - after hours book drops located outside the upper and lower level entryways ; daily pick-up when the Library is open
  • Ridge Oak Senior Housing (for use of Ridge Oak residents only) – Weekly pick-up Fridays
  • Fellowship Village  (for use of Fellowship Village residents only) – Weekly pick-up Thursdays

Yes, most borrowed Library items can be returned to the following libraries in our network of partner libraries.  The items will be checked-in and removed from your Library Account at the time it is returned, and then sent back to the owning library.  However, rental movies and museum passes must be returned here to Bernards Township Library.

Library items cannot be returned to Bernardsville Library or Clarence Dillon Library in Bedminster

Extended loan fees for "overdue" or late Library items are $.10 per day on most Library items.  Museum passes are $5.00 per day (no limit) and Rental DVDs are $1.00 per day.  Extended Loan fees accrue daily, until overdue materials are returned and may reach a maximum extended loan fee of $5.00 for each Adult and Teen item (except Museum passes), $3.50 for each Children’s item.  Late fees will not be assessed on the Library's closed dates, or when the Library is unexpectedly closed for the entire day due to inclement weather or special circumstances. 

However, some items borrowed from other libraries in our network of partner libraries have different extended loan fees for “overdue” or late library items.

Fees are paid with cash or checks made payable to “Bernards Township Library”.  The Library cannot accept credit cards or debit cards for payment.

  1. Pay the replacement retail price of the item (ask us for the replacement price), or,
  2. Purchase a replacement copy; the replacement copy must be:
    1. New – used copies are not accepted as replacements
    2. An exact match of the lost or damaged item (same ISBN)
  3. If the item is owned by a different library, please contact them for procedures (most of our partner libraries do NOT accept replacement copies).
  4. After a lost item is paid or replaced, no refunds are given if the item is later found.

To place a Hold Request on an item:

  • In the Catalog, select “Can’t Find It?” from the menu on the left; select “Request an Item” from the drop down menu
  • Visit the Library and place your request
  • Select JerseyCat from the dropdown menu on the Library website under Catalog
  • Call the Library at 908-204-3031 ext. 2  for Adult and Teen items, ext. 3 for Children’s items
  • Text the Library @ 66746: Start your text with askbtl:

Residents of Bernards Township are eligible for a Library card.  Please visit Adult Circulation and bring proof of residency, for example, current driver’s license, utility bill, or lease.

Children age 12 and under can apply for a Library card in the Children’s Department.  The parent/guardian must have a Library card in good standing, and be present when the child applies for the card.   Ages 13 and up register for a Library card at Adult Circulation.

Non-residents from these municipalities with a library card in good standing are welcome to use those library cards here at the Bernards Township Library.  To register, visit Adult Circulation with your library card and identification.

Non-resident students attending a school located in Bernards Township, but do not have a Library card from any of the municipalities listed above, can register for a Library card.  Please visit Adult Circulation with proof of school attendance, for example, report card, tuition bill, or current student ID, to register for a temporary Library card.

Non-residents working in Bernards Township, but do not have a library card from any of the municipalities listed above, can register for a Library card.  Please visit Adult Circulation with proof of working in the Township, e.g., current business ID or recent paystub, to register for a courtesy Library card.

Temporary residents of Bernards Township living at the Veterans Administration in Lyons can register for a Library card.  Please visit the Library Adult Circulation desk with one of the VA employees to register for a temporary Library card.

Temporary residents of Bernards Township working for a resident family as an au pair can register for a Library card.  Please visit Adult Circulation with your host family, or, a bring a letter signed by the agency or host family to register for a temporary courtesy Library card.

From our Online Resources page, choose Magazines and Newspapers and click on the resource you desire.  If you need additional help call  908.204.3031  ext.4 or stop at the reference desk and ask for assistance.

The Library provides wireless access throughout the building to all visitors.  No password is required.

All the Library computers have Office software (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Publisher, etc.) loaded on them. Those on the Yellow network have Office 2007; those on the Orange Network have Office 2003. Two non-networked workstations near the study rooms have Microsoft Step by Step Interactive, a tutorial for Office 2000, on them.

Printing is available from all Library computers on either Black & White or Color Laser printers.

Please ask for help at the Reference Center as needed.

  • Access to Database Resources
  • Access to downloadable audio books
  • Library Program/Calendar information and online sign-up
  • Library Catalog listing our materials and the 38 Libraries of the Morris area
  • Ability to request materials from any NJ library with JerseyCat

Access your library account to:

  • View your items checked-out
  • Renew items
  • Place holds on items

Information about donating to the Friends of the Library can be found here!

Information about donating money for book plated purchases can be found here!

The Library welcomes your donations of: 

  • books
  • magazines
  • DVDs and VHS tapes
  • music CDs

 The Library will sort through the donations and make final decisions on the disposition of the material -- add the items to the collection, sell, give to groups in need, give away for free, or discard.
 
Please bring your donations to the Circulation desk on the upper level.  The Library will give you a letter acknowledging your donation for tax purposes.   The Library has limited storage space, so please limit your donations to two boxes or bags per week.  Thank you!

The Library offers free scanning services.  Please visit the Circulation Desk for assistance. 

The Library does not offer faxing service.

The Library has available two quiet study rooms located on the upper level.  Please sign-in to use the quiet study at the Circulation desk.  You may stay up to 3 hours in one day – and you may continue to use it for more than 3 hours in one day if no one is waiting to use the room.  Sign-in for the quiet study rooms is available on a first come, first served basis; no reservations are accepted.
 

The Library has a "Lost and Found" at the Adult Circulation desk for lost papers, eyeglasses, keys, cell phones, flashdrives, etc.  Lost articles of clothing are located on the lower level in a bin under the coat hooks in the hallway.