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Borrowing from SCLSNJ2020-11-13T15:23:11-05:00

Borrowing from SCLSNJ

How do I pick up my holds?2020-07-03T09:24:42-04:00

example of a hold slipWhen you come to pickup an item on hold that is available for you, find the Contact Free Holds area at your branch.

Holds will be on the shelf in order by:

  • The first four letters of your last name, and then
  • The last four digits of your library card number.

Important!! Items awaiting pickup have NOT been checked out to you ahead of time!!

Please bring them to the checkout desk, or use Contact Free Checkout in our app to check them out yourself.

If you are not able to enter a branch building, give us a call and we can work out other arrangements.

How do I return my checkouts?2021-07-13T14:11:07-04:00

You can bring your checkouts back to any SCLSNJ branch location. Return your materials inside during open hours, or use our 24/7 outdoor bookdrops to return items anytime.

How do I check out library materials?2021-01-04T08:45:11-05:00

Contact Free Checkout logoYou must have a valid library card, photo of the library card, or driver’s license to checkout material. The card holder does not need to be present as long as one of the aforementioned items are given.

You can have a maximum of 75 items checked out at any given time. Only a few types of items have specific limits — see the Fines and Loan Periods section below for more information.

Contact Free Checkout

Download the new and improved SCLSNJ App to use your personal device to check out your own items. (We won’t take it personally if you don’t want to get too close.)

Get the SCLSNJ App on Google Play

Download the SCLSNJ App on the App Store

How do I renew an item?2021-01-04T08:44:31-05:00

Automatic Renewal

We will automatically renew your items for you two days before they are due. If your materials cannot be renewed for some reason, you will receive a coming due notice as usual.

  • Materials with holds cannot be renewed.
  • There is a limit of 10 renewals for each item.
  • Library accounts must be in good standing.
  • Automatic renewals only apply to physical materials; e-books and e-audiobooks will not be automatically renewed.
What if I don’t return an item on time?2020-07-03T09:23:35-04:00

The chart below lists overdue fines for different kinds of items. The maximum fine per overdue item is $10.00 or the replacement cost of item, whichever is less. You will not be able to check out items if you have $20 or more in fines and fees.

You can avoid fees and fines by signing up to receive a courtesy email reminder delivered two days before your items are due. This notification will remind you to renew your items, which can be completed using the “My Account” link.

How can I pay my fines or fees?2020-07-03T09:23:21-04:00
  1. In person – Pay by cash, check or credit card at any SCLSNJ location during regular operating hours.
  2. Online – Log into My Account and use your credit card to pay online
  • About your credit card payment:
    • No service charge
    • Payments immediately applied to your Library account
    • Email receipts sent automatically after payment
More information about fines and fees2020-07-03T09:23:07-04:00

You can avoid fees and fines by signing up to receive a courtesy email reminder two days before your items are due!

The maximum fine for an overdue item is $10 or the cost of the item as established by the library, whichever is less.

Accounts shall be referred to a collection agency if there is a balance of $75 or more.

Patrons will be charged a fee of $5 for each collection agency referral.

What is Hands Free Holds?2020-07-03T09:22:50-04:00

Hands Free Holds is SCLSNJ’s contactless hold pickup service.

Hands Free Holds are temporarily unavailable while we ramp up reopening our branches to the public.

Fines and Loan Periods

Item Type Loan Period Fine per Day Checkout Limit
Audiobooks 21 days $0.20
Books 21 days $0.20
Book Discussion Kits 42 days $1.00
Business Kits 42 days $1.00
Cultural Adventure Passes 3 days $20.00
DVD/Blu-Rays (1 or 2 discs) 7 days $0.20
DVD/Blu-Rays (3 or 4 discs) 14 days $0.20
DVD/Blu-Rays (5 or more discs) 21 days $0.20
Equipment for in-house use varies 1 – 4 hours
Hotspots 21 days $1.00
Interlibrary Loans varies $1.00
Launchpads 7 days $1.00 2
Lucky Day Books 10 days $0.20 2
Lucky Day DVDs 4 days $0.20 2
Lucky Day Hotspots 10 days $1.00 2
Magazines 7 days $0.20
Music CDs 21 day $0.20
Overnight Reference* 1 day $1.00
Storytime Theme Kits 14 day $1.00
Video Games 7 days $1.00 7

*At the discretion of SCLSNJ staff, reference materials can be loaned on a case-by-case basis.

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