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Frequently Asked Questions


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  1. How can I get a library card ?
  2. How can I renew my books?
  3. What if I have overdue books?
  4. How many days can I keep the books and how many books can I check out ?
  5. What are the policies for checking out DVDs?
  6. Can I use the library card to borrow books from other libraries ?
  7. How do I access my library account through the Internet... ?
  8. How do I reserve books through my account in the Internet?
  9. What are the library's fees and fines?
  10. How can I get a copy of the circulation policies?
  11. Can I reserve Meeting Room space at the Library?


How can I get a library card ... ?

You must register in person, and present two pieces of identification indicating your Elizabeth address in order to obtain an Elizabeth Public Library borrower's card (the ID may be a New Jersey driver's license, a New Jersey Motor Vehicle registration, a utility bill, a property tax bill and so on)

Children from birth to age 12 are eligible for library card if registered by parent or guardians who are residents of Elizabeth. Children are eligible to receive an adult library card at the age of 13, but the parent or guardian remains responsible for the use of the library.

Persons who do not reside in Elizabeth, but are employed in the city are eligible for a library card. They must have a letter on their employers' letterhead stating that he or she is an employee of that company, as well as two pieces of identification as outlined above.

Persons who do not reside in Elizabeth, but attend school in the city are eligible for a library card. The student must present a student identification card, a badge, a current tuition bill, or a current report card. In addition, the student must establish his or her home address in the same manner as someone applying as a resident.

Persons who own real property in Elizabeth, but do not reside in the city are eligible for a library card upon presenting a current tax bill, and another piece of identification as outlined above. The local taxpayers immediate family members are eligible for library cards as well.

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How can I renew my books?

You can renew your books at the circulation desk at any library location or you can call 908-354-6060, x7212

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What if I have overdue books?

Fines are charged at a rate of 10 cents for each day an item is overdue including Sundays, Holidays, and any other day that the library is closed. Book drops are available at the Main Library and at the branchesfor your convenience whenever the library is closed. Videocassettes and DVDs should not be placed in the book drops.

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How many days can I keep the books?

Books may be borrowed for 28 days ( unless otherwise indicated). The limit on the number of items to borrow is 25.

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What are the policies for checking out DVDs?


1. Adults over the age of 18, having a valid Elizabeth Public Library card, or a MURAL library borrower's card may borrow DVDs by signing the designated line on the back of the library card application indicating that they gave received and agree with the library policies for borrowing DVD items..

2. Borrowers will be charged the full retail replacement cost in case of loss or damage, plus a processing fee of $5.00

3. Borrowers may borrow a total up to 5 dvds at any one time.

4. The loan period is 7 days. (If the date due should fall on a Sunday, Holiday, or any other day the library is closed, the DVD will be due on the following day that the library is open.) [Effective November 1st, 2013]

5. No reserves are taken for DVD titles.

6. A nonrefundable rental fee of $1.00 per video is charged for all feature films borrowed from the Elizabeth Public Library collection. ( Educational, documentary, instructional, fitness, sports, literacy and certain other DVDs may be borrowed free of charge.) [Effective November 1st, 2013]

7. Overdue fines of $2.00 per day per will be charged for all DVDs returned late.

8. DVDs may not be left in the book drop.

9. DVDs are not renewable.

10. DVDs may not be borrowed on Interlibrary Loan.

11. DVDs are licensed only for non-commercial private exhibition in homes. Any other use, or copying is strictly prohibited by law.

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Can I use my library card to borrow books from other libraries?

Your Elizabeth Borrower's card may be used at the Elmora Branch, La Corte Branch and E'port branch. It may also be used at the Hillside Public Library and most libraries located in Union and Middlesex counties except for the East Brunswick, Summit, Westfield, and Woodbridge Public Libraries).

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Can I access my library account through the Internet?

Yes, as long as you...

* are 16 years or older.

* have a library card with barcode number.

* have a PIN number which you can apply for at the first floor Circulation Desk.

* You can access your account by clicking here and then click on the My Account button.

* Enter your library barcode number and your PIN number.

* Information you'll see under your account includes: Items checked out to your accounts; Titles on request by your account; Fees/Fines due for your account.

* You can renew your checked out books yourself at this point as long as the books are not overdue.

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How do I reserve books through my account in the Internet?

Do the steps in "How to access my account through the Internet". Click "Easy Search" on the top left corner of the page, and enter the search word in the empty box. After you find the title you want, click "Request Title"(in red). You will see options for the library location at which you would like to pick up your book. Select one and then click "Submit Request" button. You will then see a message "your request has been successfully processed"(in blue). If you are experiencing any problems on this, call 908-354-6060x7203.

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What are the library's fees and fines?

The fees are:

DVD rental for seven days $1.00

Non-resident library card (one year) $35.00

Photocopies (per page) $0.20

Microfilm reader printouts (per page) $0.25

Computer printouts (per page) $0.20 Black and White

Computer printouts(per page) $0.50 Color

The fines are:

Overdue fine per item per day--non-video $0.10

Overdue fine per item per day-video $2.00

Maximum fine per item $30.00

Replacement fee for lost library card $1.00

Replacement fee for lost adult book Cost of book plus $10.00

Replacement fee for lost children's book Cost of book plus $2.00



How can I get a copy of the circulation policies?

  If you would like to get a copy of the policies as approved by the board of trustees just click here

 


Can I reserve Meeting Room space at the Library?


Meeting Rooms are used for programs by organizations engaged in educational, cultural, intellectual and charitable activities.  They are not intended for the commercial benefit of private individuals, or profit-making purposes. Solicitation of money (including admission charges, dues, donations or sales) is prohibited except when in connection with Library sponsored programs and with prior approval of the Director. Reservations of Meeting Rooms are on a first come, first serve basis.  Use of the Meeting Room is obtained through a written request form.   No groups are permitted to use the Meeting Rooms on a continuing basis for regularly scheduled meetings, and meetings are not scheduled on Sundays unless special permission has been granted.

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