How to Get a Library Card

Morris County Residents

Most Morris County residents obtain their library cards from the local libraries in the communities in which they reside. Additional information and links are available from the list of M.A.I.N. Libraries.

Morris County Residents Without Local Libraries

Residents of Morris County who live in communities without a local library are issued cards by the Morris County Library. These cards are good only at Morris County Library and County College of Morris. Residents of Boonton Township, Mine Hill and Victory Gardens are eligible for a Morris County Library card. To obtain a card a patron needs to present proof of residence in Morris County. We prefer a valid driver’s license or two forms of ID. One must be recently dated and show the current address. A non-driver’s state ID issued by the NJ Department of Motor Vehicles is also acceptable. These cards are valid for a period of one year.

Residents of Netcong can apply for a card at the Mount Olive Library. This card is good only at Mount Olive and the Morris County Library.

Courtesy Cards

Persons who do not reside in Morris County may be able to obtain employment-based courtesy cards from the local library in which the business is located. If the local library will not issue a courtesy card, the Morris County Library will issue a card when the proper identification is presented. To register for a courtesy card, the patron needs to present a current pay stub, company ID, and a letter on company letterhead with the workplace address imprinted. This card is good only at the Morris County Library and the County College of Morris. It is valid for a period of one year.

Open Borrowing

Non-residents who do not work in the county should ask their local (town) library to add an Open Borrowing sticker to their card(s). This will allow you to charge out materials here when you come in. ( Open Borowing cooperating libraries.)

Temporary Cards

A resident of Morris County who does not have a card in the system can be issued a temporary card which is valid for three (3) months. During that time the patron needs to go to his local library to be issued a permanent card.

Schools, Organizations & Institutions

Schools, organizations and institutions located within Morris County may obtain special library cards at the Morris County Library. Please contact the Circulation Desk at 973 285-6930 for additional information.

University Students

Out-of-county students at the College of St. Elizabeth, Drew University, Fairleigh Dickinson University and the Rabbinical College of America must contact the libraries in the towns where their schools are located to obtain local library cards. These cards are valid only at those local libraries; they are not valid at the Morris County Library.

Graduate Students & University Faculty

Graduate students and university faculty may obtain regular library cards at the libraries in the townships where they reside.

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Handicapped Pass Cards

A pass card is required for use of the library's handicapped entrance. The handicapped entrance is located on the eastern (right) side of the front of the library. Eight handicapped parking spaces are located adjacent to the handicapped entrance.

Pass cards can be obtained at the library's Circulation Desk. The Circulation Desk is located on the first floor of the library, near the library's main entrance.

Patrons must present a valid, wallet-sized State of New Jersey handicapped I.D. card in order to obtain a pass card. A library card is not required.

For additional information, please contact the Circulation Department at (973) 285-6930.

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Your Library Account

You can call the MCL Circulation Desk (973 285-6930) to obtain current information regarding your library account including the materials you have charged out, their due dates, information about overdue fines or lost items and more. In order to access your account by telephone, you must provide your 13-digit library (barcode) number.

Your library account can also be accessed online using your library card number and your unique PIN - Personal Identification Number. To access your account online, visit the account sign-in page on the M.A.I.N. website.

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Your P.I.N. Number

In order to access your library account online, you must have both your library card number and a Personal Identification Number or "PIN". If you have not specified a PIN number, please contact or visit your library. A PIN number is also required to reserve materials online and for remote access to many library databases.

If you want to change an existing PIN number, you can do this online when you are logged into your account. For more information, contact your local library.

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Loan Periods

Loan periods for most MCL-owned items are as follows:
  • Non-fiction books - 28 days
  • New Fiction - 14 days
  • CDs - 14 days
  • DVDs and videos - 7 days
  • Art prints - 28 days

For more information inquire at the Circulation Desk or contact the Book Information Department at 973 285-6970.

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Returning Items

Items owned by the Morris County Library can be returned to the Morris County Library's Circulation Desk or Media Circulation Desk. Materials can also be placed into the book and media return boxes in front of the library either during open hours or when the library is closed.

You can also return MCL-owned library materials to your local township library or to any other library within the M.A.I.N. library network.

Interlibrary Loan materials obtained from outside of the M.A.I.N. network, and picked up at the Morris County Library, should be returned to the Morris County Library.

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Overdue Fines

Overdue fines on materials charged out from the Morris County Library are 10 cents per day. The Morris County Library offers its patrons two grace days beyond the due date. Items returned within this time period do not accumulate fines.

Fines accumulate beginning on the third day past the item due date. They are retroactive to the due date so that fines begin at 30 cents on the third day past the item due date. Fines continue to be charged at 10 cents per day until the overdue item is returned. Fines accumulate up to a maximum charge of $5 per overdue item.

When the amount of recorded or estimated fines on your account is $5.00 or more, your account is blocked. When your account is blocked, you cannot charge out, renew or reserve library materials. Estimated fines are generated by overdue items charged out on your library card.

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Overdue Items

When library materials are not returned on time, the library mails overdue notices to patrons, requesting that the outstanding materials be returned. A total of three overdue notices are sent. Following the third and final notice, a letter will be sent listing the outstanding items and their replacement cost, and requesting that the patron contact the library immediately. If the patron does not contact the library within fifteen (15) days after receipt of this letter, the account will be turned over to a collection agency in order to retrieve the items or the cost of the items. An additional $10 collection fee is added to these accounts.

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Renewing Library Materials

All MCL-owned library materials may be renewed two times if there are no holds on these materials and if the renewal limit has not been exceeded. The two-renewal policy applies to books as well as media items including DVDs, videos, CDs and more.

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Replacing Library Materials

There are two options for replacing lost Morris County Library materials. You can pay for lost items based on the replacement cost as determined by the library. Alternately, it may be possible to replace the lost item with an identical item that you purchase yourself.

In all cases, you should first contact the Circulation Desk (973 285-6930) in order to determine the best options for replacing or paying for lost materials.

If you have lost materials owned by a library other than the Morris County Library, you should contact that library to determine how you can replace or pay for those materials. Contact information for all M.A.I.N. libraries is available online at the M.A.I.N. Libraries Page.

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Holds, Interlibrary Loans & Recalls

There are two ways to place holds on materials you want to obtain from the Morris County Library. You can contact the Book Information desk (973 285-6970) to place holds on books, or the Media Reference Desk (973 285-6979) to place holds on media items including DVDs, videos, music CDs, and other materials.

You can also place holds using the online M.A.I.N. catalog. Simply search for the item you are seeking, and then select the appropriate links to reserve your items. You will need both your library card number (barcode number) and your PIN (Personal Identification Number) in order to reserve items online.

Materials can also be obtained from libraries outside of the M.A.I.N. library network. For more information on obtaining items via Interlibrary Loan from these institutions, please contact the Book Information desk (for books) or the Media Reference Desk (for media items). Items obtained via Interlibrary Loan, from libraries outside of the M.A.I.N. library network, may be recalled if they are needed by those libraries.

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Open Borrowing

The library participates in open borrowing which enables patrons from the Morris County Library to borrow materials directly, in person, from participating BCCLS, PALS, LMxAC, Sussex and Warren County libraries. For additional information and a complete list of participating libraries, please click here or contact the Morris County Library Circulation Department at 973 285-6930.

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Protecting Your Personal Data

The Morris County Library takes appropriate measures to help protect the information in your library records to help protect your privacy.

New Jersey Law - NJSA 18A:73-43.2
Confidentiality of library users' records

Library records which contain the names or other personally identifying details regarding the users of libraries are confidential and shall not be disclosed except in the following circumstances:

a. The records are necessary for the proper operation of the library;

b. Disclosure is requested by the user; or

c. Disclosure is required pursuant to a subpoena issued by a court or court order. L.1985, c. 172, §2, eff. May 31, 1985.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Morris County Library
Circulation Department
30 East Hanover Avenue
Whippany, NJ 07981

Circulation Department Telephone:
(973) 285-6930

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Contact the library at (973) 285-6930
Morris County (NJ) Library
Web Page by Don Bender
Modified 23 February 2007