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Library Cards

Franklin Township Residents

A library card is available free of charge to anyone who is able to show proof that they live in or own property in Franklin Township, work for the municipal government or own a business in Franklin (see "Library Card Master Chart" available at the Circulation Desk). A parent or legal guardian's signature and proof of residency are required to register a minor (age 17 and younger) for a library card. Minors must be present at the time of registration. The library requires all cardholders to provide a valid home or personal cell phone number.

Library cards must be periodically updated. At that time, patrons are required to show ID and proof of residency to renew borrowing privileges.

Business owners can download a business card application here.

All applicants need to apply for their library cards in person* and bring proof of residency in the form of:

  • A valid driver's license with a Franklin Township street address.
  • A valid driver's license with a Franklin Township street address and a P.O. Box or other photo identification plus one of the following:
    • Ownership deed with a Franklin Township address on it.
    • PSE&G bill no more than 30 days old with a current Franklin Township address.
    • Telephone bill no more than 30 days old with a current Franklin Township address.
    • Tax or other bill no more than 30 days old with a current Franklin Township address.
    • A lease with a Franklin Township Address. Franklin Township leasers will only be granted privileges for a maximum one year, or until their lease expires, whichever comes first.

* Homebound applicants must receive special permission to register from the Head of Circulation. You can download the homebound application here.

Non-Residents

Reciprocal borrowers may apply for privileges if they are in good standing with their home libraries. When a patron from another reciprocal library applies for a FTPL barcode, we must contact the home library to verify his/her status. If staff cannot reach the home library the patron must return when his or her home library is open. This process is repeated upon yearly renewals of borrowing privileges (see Reciprocal Agreement.)

Non-residents who do not qualify for free memberships may purchase library cards for a yearly fee of $50.00.

Borrowing

Loan Periods

  • New books for adults: two weeks.
  • Most books, audiobooks, a magazines: three weeks.
  • Music CDs: three weeks.
  • Blue Dot Entertainment DVDs (newest releases): 1 night.
  • Entertainment DVDs: 1 week.
  • Educational DVDs: 3 weeks.

Fees

Late Fees

  • Adult and Young Adult Materials $.20/day
  • Kindles $2.00/day
  • Magazines $.20/day
  • Children's Materials $.10/day
  • Blue Dot Entertainment DVDs $1.50/day
  • All other DVDs $1.00/day

Other Fees

  • Lifetime Video Club Membership $10.00
  • Expired Holds $1.00/hold

Renewals

You must have your library card on hand to renew materials. Materials can be renewed in any of the following ways:

  • Use the library's online service:
    1. Visit the My Account section.
    2. Log in using your library card barcode number and PIN. If you do not know your PIN you may contact the library via phone at 732-873-8700 or via our online contact form.
    3. Select "Renew my materials."
    4. Click the check box next all the materials you would like to renew.
    5. Click on "Renew Selected Items".
  • Call the library at 732-873-8700.
  • After hours you may call the library's automated service at 732-873-3985 or 732-873-3986.

Sometimes library materials cannot be renewed. Possible reasons for this include:

  • Another patron is waiting for the material.
  • You have reached your renewal limit. (1 renewal is permitted for DVDs. Most other materials may be renewed twice)
  • You have fines totalling in excess of $5.00.
  • Your library card has expired.

Holds

Most library materials can be placed on hold. The following materials cannot be placed on hold:

  • Bookclub kits. (Please see our request form)
  • Magazines.
  • Reference materials.
  • New Release (Blue Dot) DVDs.
  • Inter-library Loans.
  • Museum Passes.
  • Historical items.

Holds may be placed by any of the following methods:

  • Use the online catalog:
    1. Visit the online catalog
    2. Log in the top right with your library card's barcode number and PIN. If you do not know your PIN please contact the library via phone at 732-873-8700 or by using our contact form.
    3. Once you have found the material you are looking for press the "Place Hold" link.
    4. From the dropdown select either "DeMott Lane" or "Franklin Park" as your pickup location.
    5. Press the Place Hold button.
  • Use the Bookmyne App on either iOS or Android:
    • Google Play
    • iTunes
  • Call the library at 732-873-8700.
  • Call our automated service at 732-873-3985 or 732-873-3986 and use your library card's barcode number and PIN.

Items request through the online catalog that are currently on the shelf items you request are pulled for holds on the following morning. If you need an item sooner please contact the Reference Desk at 732-873-8700 Option 3

Once you are notified that a hold is read you have 2 days to pick that item up at the library. If you are unable to pick up a hold within the alotted time frame please contact the Circulation Desk at 732-873-8700 Option 2

Holds which are not picked up within 2 days are fined at a rate of $1.00 per hold.

Requesting Materials

If the library doe not own an item that you are looking for you may fill out a request form. The online form can be found here and paper forms are available at the Reference Desk.

The library will make its best effort to acquire most materials. Specialized materials, historical materials, periodical articles, and other materials not available for purchase will be forwarded to the state-wide Inter-Library Loan system and may take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks to receive a response

If you are a reciprocal borrower you must make a request through your home library.