How Do I? - Borrow Library 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

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: