Morris County Library > Circulation Dept.
Library card & account
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
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 stating that the patron is a current employee. 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.
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.)
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
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
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 Access Cards
An access 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. Ring the bell if your card does not open the door.
Access 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.
Access cards are issued to current Morris County residents who present a valid, wallet-sized State of New Jersey
handicapped I.D. card. A library card is
not required. The first access card is issued free. Replacement cards cost $5.00.
Library and swipe cards will not be issued during the last 15 minutes before closing time.
For additional information, please contact the Circulation
Department at (973) 285-6930.
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page » 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, log in to the
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page » 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 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
at 973 285-6970.
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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
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 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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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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Lost or Damaged Materials
Please contact the Circulation Desk (973
285-6930) if MCL material has been damaged or lost. Cash, checks and money orders accepted, payable to the County of Morris. We do not accept replacement copies.
If you have lost materials owned by a library other than the Morris
County Library, you should contact that library. 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 loan
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.
. 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
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The library participates in open borrowing which allows 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
contact the Morris County Library Circulation Department at 973 285-6930.
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Protecting Your Personal Data
Morris County Library takes appropriate measures to help
protect the information in your library records to help protect your
New Jersey Law - NJSA 18A:73-43.2
Confidentiality of library
rary 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
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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page » Contact Information
Morris County Library
30 East Hanover Avenue
Whippany, NJ 07981
Circulation Department Telephone:
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Call us! (973) 285-6930
http://www.mclib.info/net.htmlMorris County (NJ) Library
1 March 2012