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How Do I? - Borrowing Information
To renew Library items online, follow instructions in the pamphlet "My Account" at http://www.bernardslibrary.org/pdf/myaccount.pdf.
There are no limits on the amount of material that can be borrowed, with the exception of Museum Passes which have a limit of one pass checked out at a time.
Fees are paid with cash or checks made out to "Bernards Township Library". The Library cannot accept credit cards or debit cards for payment. Fees for overdue fines can be paid at the Bernards Township Library, or, at any of the 37 M.A.I.N. (Morris Automated Information Network) libraries.
Cannot get to the Library to return your borrowed items? Return borrowed Library items twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. Return date is backdated to the previous pick-up from remote book drop sites. Book return locations as follows:
- The Hills - Hansom Rd. Clubhouse. Daily pick up Monday - Friday
- Somerset Hills YMCA - 140 Mt. Airy Rd. Weekly pick up Friday
- Bernards Township Library - After-hours book drops outside upper & lower level entryways. Daily pick up when Library is open.
- M.A.I.N. Libraries - Drop off Bernards Township Library items at any of the Morris Co. system libraries (NOT Bernardsville Library). For a list of M.A.I.N. libraries, see http://www.mainlib.org/locations/Hours.pdf
- Ridge Oak Senior Housing (for Ridge Oak residents only) - Weekly pick up Fridays
- Fellowship Village (for Fellowship Village residents only) - Weekly pick up Thursdays
Remember, return date is backdated to the previous pick-up from remote book drop sites.
Residents of Bernards Township are eligible for a Library card. Please visit the Circulation desk and bring proof of residency, for example, updated driver's license, utility bill, or lease.
Non-residents of Bernards Township who work in town more than 20 hours/week can get a Library card. Please visit the Circulation desk and bring proof of employment in town, such as a letter from your employeer, employee ID tag, or pay stub.
Residents of the Veterans Hospital in Lyons are eligible for a Library card. Please visit the Circulation desk to register.
Non-residents attending school in Bernards Township are eligible for a Library card. Please visit the Circulation desk and bring proof of school attendance.
Children of any age as well as students attending school in Bernards Township may apply for a library card. For residents, a parent / guardian must have a library card, be in good standing and be present when the child is applying.
Thirty seven libraries that are members of the Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN)  as well as those libraries in . . . Bernards Township Library is a member of MUF, a consortium of nine area libraries sharing holdings of over 800,000 books, 50,000 media items, 2,200 magazines & newspapers, and much more. Your card from a MUF Library may be used in all nine libraries. If your own library does not have a book you need: Call or visit any MUF Library. Remember to bring your own up-to-date library card! Ask your librarian to locate a book for you. Pick it up or have it delivered to your own home library. Some restrictions do apply, so ask about loan periods, reserves, fees and delivery schedules. *Each library has a specialty focus within their collection. The member libraries include:* *Library* *Address* *Phone* *Specialty* Berkeley Heights Public Library  290 Plainfield Ave., Berkeley Heights, NJ, 07922 (908) 464-9333 Art Bernards Township Library  32 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge, NJ, 07920 (908) 204-3031 Theater & Performing Arts Bernardsville Public Library  1 Anderson Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924 (908) 766-0118 Travel; Cooking; Crafts Joint Free Public Library of the Chathams  214 Main St., Chatham, NJ, 07928 (201) 635-0603 Psychology; Earth Sciences; Health Long Hill Township Public Library  917 Valley Road, Gillette, NJ 07933 908-647-2088 Autism; Gardening; Parenting Madison Public Library  39 Keep St., Madison, NJ, 07940 (201) 377-0722 American & English Literature; History of Books & Printing Joint Free Public Library of Morristown & Morris Township  1 Miller Rd., Morristown, NJ, 07960 (201) 538-6161 Local & State History; Genealogy; Astronomy New Providence Memorial Library  377 Elkwood Rd., New Providence, NJ, 07974 (908) 665-0311 Education; Mathematics Summit Public Library  75 Maple St., Summit, NJ 07901 (908) 273-0350 Business * * * * * and nine libraries that make up the . . . Bernards Township Library is a member of the Raritan Valley Federation of Municipal Libraries which provides shared access to library materials for residents of Somerset and Middlesex Counties. Residents of Bedminster, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Bound Brook, Far Hills, Franklin Township, Manville, Middlesex, New Brunswick, Raritan, Somerville and South Bound Brook may use their home library cards at any Federation library. General borrowing privileges are extended to all Federation patrons in good standing. Materials loaned by a library are subject to that library's borrowing rules. Most materials may be returned to any participating library. Patrons are responsible for any fines incurred while materials are in transit. While not a member of the Federation, the Piscataway Library participates in the reciprocal borrowing agreement with certain stipulations. Library Address Phone Catalog Bernards Township Library  32 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 908-204-3031 Bernards Catalog  Bernardsville Public Library  1 Anderson Hill Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924 (908) 766-0118 Bernardsville Catalog  Clarence Dillon Public Library (Bedminster)  2336 Lamington Road, Bedminster, NJ, 07921 (908) 234-2325 Clarence Dillon Catalog  Dunellen Free Public Library  New Market Road, Dunellen, NJ 08812 732-968-4585 Dunellen Catalog  Franklin Township Free Public Library  485 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ, 08873 (732) 873-8700 Franklin Twp Catalog  Manville Public Library  100 South 10th Avenue, Manville, NJ, 08835 (908 722-9722 Link to LMxAC  Middlesex Public Library  1300 Mountain Avenue, Middlesex, NJ, 08846 (732) 356-6602 Link to LMxAC  New Brunswick Free Public Library  60 Livingston Avenue., New Brunswick, NJ 08901 (732) 745-5108 Link to LMxAC  Raritan Public Library  54 East Somerset Street, Raritan, NJ 08869 (908) 725-0413 Somerville Public Library  35 West End Avenue., Somerville, NJ 08901 (908) 725-1336 * * * * * as well as more than 150 public libraries  in Northern New Jersey that participate in the "Open Borrowing"  program.  http://www.mainlib.org/locations/  http://www.bhs.k12.nj.us/bhpl  http://www.bernardslibrary.org/  http://www.bernardsvillelibrary.org/  http://www.chatham-library.org/  http://www.bernardsvillelibrary.org/  http://www.rosenet.org/library  http://www.jfpl.org/  http://newprovidencelibrary.org  http://www.summitlibrary.org/  ../www.bernardslibrary.org  http://catalog.mainlib.org/  http://www.bernardsville.org/  http://catalog.bernardsville.org/polaris  http://www.clarencedillonpl.org/  http://184.108.40.206/  ../www.dunellenlibrary.org  http://librarycatalog.lmxac.org/uhtbin/cgisirsi.exe/x/x/0/57/49?user_id=dunellenweb  http://www.franklintwp.org/  http://www.franklintwp.org/uhtbin/cgisirsi.exe/x/0/49  ../www.njlibraries.org/manville  http://librarycatalog.lmxac.org/  http://www.middlesexlibrarynj.org/  http://librarycatalog.lmxac.org/  http://www.lmxac.org/nbfpl  http://librarycatalog.lmxac.org/uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/x/0/57/49?user_id=newbrunsweb  http://www.raritanlibrary.org/  http://www.lmxac.org/somervillelib  http://www.openborrowing.org/participants.shtml  http://www.openborrowing.org/intro.shtml
Bernards Township Library materials can be renewed twice if the item has not been requested by another library patron. However, some items borrowed from other M.A.I.N. (Morris Automated Information Network) libraries have different renewal terms are not all renewable.
- New Adult Books - 2 weeks
- Regular Adult Books - 4 weeks
- Teen Books - 4 weeks
- Magazines - 1 week (current issues do not circulate)
- New Audiobooks - 2 weeks
- Regular Audiobooks - 4 weeks
- Large Print Books - 4 weeks
- VHS/DVDs - 2 weeks
- Rental movies - 2 days (if checked-out Thursday or Friday, due on Monday)
- Music CDs - 2 weeks
- Video Games & Nintendo DS - 1 week
- Children’s Materials - 2 weeks
- Book Discussion Groups — Daytime and Evening
- Books for sale and for free
- PC Workstations with Internet Access and Microsoft Office and other software
- Wireless Internet Access
- Programs for all ages — Adults, Children Teens
- Leisure Learning Programs
- Research and Reference Service
- Display Cases
- Quiet Study Rooms
- Local History Room
- Program rooms available to local not-for-profit groups
- Books for all ages
- Audio Books
- Music CDs
- DVDs, Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray 3D, and VHS Tapes
- Large Type Books
- Book Discussion Kits
- Video Games
- Nintendo DS Game Systems
- English Language Learning (ESL material)
- Materials from the M.A.I.N. (Morris Automated Information Network) , the Raritan Valley Federation libraries, and the Morris Union Federation libraries
- Museum Passes (for Bernards Township Residents only)
- And your Bernards Township Library card allows borrowing from many other libraries in New Jersey!
Library materials accrue fines at the rate of $.10 per day, except the rental VHS and DVD's which are $1.00 per day, and Museum Passes $5.00/day. The maximum fine for Adult materials is $5.00/item, and $3.50/item for Children's materials. The total fine will never exceed the cost of replacement.