FAQ

How Do I Get or Renew 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. You will also need to provide a phone number and an (optional) email address.
To renew your card, provide proof of residence (see above) and verify your phone number and email.

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. BHPL has reciprocal borrowing agreements with libraries in surrounding towns. Bring your home library card and photo ID to the library or email circulation@bhplnj.org a scan or photo of your home library card and photo ID. If you work in Berkeley Heights and your home library does not have reciprocal borrowing privileges with BHPL, provide photo ID and proof of employment such as a pay stub or a letter from the employer. You will also need to provide a phone number and an (optional) email address.
To renew your card, follow the steps above and verify your phone number and email.

Further questions? Email circulation@bhplnj.org or call the Circulation Department at (908) 464-9333 x1.

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:

Go to BHPL’s catalog at https://catalog.bhplnj.org/. Search for the book, DVD, audiobook, etc.  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 (enter the entire number with no spaces) and PIN (usually the last 4 digits of your phone number) if you are not already logged in.

Click the “Submit Hold” button.

Does the Library Have a Mobile App?

No, there is no mobile app for either the library’s website or the library’s online catalog. You can create a shortcut on your device’s home screen using these directions.
See the Apps page for apps you can use with your BHPL card to download books, audiobooks, magazines, comics; stream music, movies and tv; and use for language learning and research.

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.

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.

Which Local Libraries Accept My Library Card?

BHPL has reciprocal borrowing agreements with libraries in surrounding towns: MUF (Morris-Union Federation) and MURAL (Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement). See the MUF/Mural Libraries page for more information and the list of participating libraries.

Does BHPL Have Wireless Internet/Wifi?

BHPL offers free WiFi for patrons who wish to use their own laptops, iPads/tablets or smartphones while at the library. Wireless printing is not available; printing is available on the public internet computers. See the Wireless Internet section of the In-House Technology page for more information.

When is Story Time?

Story times and children’s programs are posted on the Story Times & Youth Programs page and the library’s Events Calendar.

Do you Offer Appointments with the Librarian?

In-person appointments with the Reference Librarian are available for assistance using the library’s online databases, eBook & eAudiobook resources, public computers or scanner. Please call the Reference desk at (908)464-9333, x3 or email reference@bhplnj.org.

On Which Holidays is BHPL Closed?

The list of holiday closures can be found on the Holiday Closings section of the About Us page.

What Are the Hours?

The library’s current open hours are listed on the Hours of Operation sidebar of the the library’s home page (scroll down on a mobile device). For the complete list of hours throughout the year, see the Hours section of the About Us page.

Can You Give Me Directions to the Library?

See the Directions page for detailed directions to the library, located on the 2nd floor of the Municipal Complex at 29 Park Avenue.

How Can I Volunteer at BHPL?

See the Volunteer page for more information on BHPL’s volunteer opportunities for teens and adults.