Morris County Library > Circulation Dept.
Library card & account
Morris County Residents
Most Morris County residents are issued a library card by the local library in the community 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 Boonton Township, Mine Hill, Netcong and Victory Gardens are eligible for a library card issued by the Morris County Library. This card is
good only at the Morris County Library and is valid for one year. To obtain a card residents of these communities must present a valid driver's license or non-driver's ID issued by the
NJ Motor Vehicle Commission that reflects their address in one of the above communities.
Netcong residents can also apply for a card at the Mount Olive library. This card is honored only at Mount Olive and Morris
Morris County Library will issue a temporary card to any resident of Morris County who does not have a card in the system already and presents a valid driver's license or non-driver's license ID issued by the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission that reflects a current Morris
County address. The card is valid for three months and cannot be renewed. During that time the patron needs to obtain a permanent card from his/her local library.
Our 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 or
contact the Morris County Library Circulation Department at 973 285-6930.
Employees of companies in Morris County, who work in Morris County but do not reside in Morris County, may be able to obtain a courtesy card from the local library in the town in which the employer is
located. For details, contact that local public library.
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 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.
For additional information, please contact the Circulation
Department at (973) 285-6930.
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
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 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.
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.
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, must be returned to
the Morris County Library.
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.
NOTE: Local libraries have different fine policies. Contact your library, or the lending library,
for more information.
When library materials are not returned on time, the library mails
overdue notices to patrons, requesting that the outstanding materials be
returned. Two overdue notices and one bill notice is sent. Following the bill 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 $15 collection fee is added to these accounts.
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. Local libraries have different renewal policies. Contact your local library regarding its policy.
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 or
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
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
Privacy: protecting your personal data
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
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
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.
Morris County Library
30 East Hanover Avenue
Whippany, NJ 07981
Morris County (NJ) Library
19 August 2013