FAQ

How Do I Get a Library Card?

To get a library card, Berkeley Heights residents need to provide proof of residence in person or by emailing circulation@bhplnj.org. Examples of proof of residence are a current driver’s license, current utility bills, or a bank statement with your Berkeley Heights address printed on them. If your proof of residence is something other than your driver’s license, you will need to provide photo ID along with the proof of residence.

If you are not a permanent resident of Berkeley Heights, view the library card policy to see which types of library cards may be available. Email circulation@bhplnj.org a scan or photo of your home library card information, along with photo ID or bring your home library card and photo ID to the library. If you work in Berkeley Heights, provide proof of employment as well, in case your home library does not have reciprocal borrowing privileges with BHPL.

Further questions? Email circulation@bhplnj.org or call the Circulation Department at (908) 464-9333.

How Long is the Check Out Period?

Printed Materials

Fiction – 28 days

New adult fiction under 400 pages – 7 days

New adult fiction over 400 pages – 14 days

Nonfiction – 28 days

New adult nonfiction with a waiting list – 14 days

Travel guidebooks – 14 days

Magazines – 7 days

Other Materials

Wifi Hotspots, Launchpads & Tablets – 14 days

CDs (audiobooks & music) – 28 days

DVDs – 7 days

Non-Fiction DVDs & TV series DVDs – 14 days

Foreign Language learning CDs and DVDs – 28 days

How Many Items Can I Check Out?

You may check out up to 50 items, of any type (books, DVDs, audiobooks, music CDs).

You may borrow only one Wifi Hotspot, one tablet or one Launchpad at a time.

How Do I Place a Hold?

Only Berkeley Heights residents with library cards can place holds. You can either call the library at (908) 464-9333, or you can do it yourself online:

Click on Catalog under the Books & More drop-down menu. Search for the book or DVD you would like to check out. The title you want will appear in the search results, if BHPL owns it and you have typed in the title or author correctly.

Click on the “Place Hold” button.

You will be prompted to fill in your library card barcode number and PIN (usually the last 4 digits of your phone number) if you are not already logged in.

Click the “Submit Hold” button.

What If I Lose or Forget My Library Card?

Berkeley Heights residents who have forgotten to bring their library cards can show photo ID in order to check out.  If you have lost your BHPL card permanently, replacement library cards cost $1.  You should report the card lost by emailing circulation@bhplnj.org or calling the library at (908) 464-9333 as soon as possible.

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Out-of-town borrowers must present their home library cards at the time of check out.

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In-person appointments with the Reference Librarian are currently not available. If you need assistance using the library’s online resources or suggestions for computer tutorials, please call the Reference desk at (908)464-9333 Ext. 150 or email reference@bhplnj.org

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