Circulation

CIRCULATION POLICIES

LIBRARY CARDS

Library cards are free of charge to people who live, work, attend school or own property in Woodbridge Township. (Avenel, Colonia, Fords, Hopelawn, lselin, Keasbey, Port Reading, Sewaren, and Woodbridge.) Middlesex County Community College students are eligible for a card with the proper ID. All people who do not live, work, attend school or own property in the Township may purchase a non-resident card for $75.00 which is good for one year and can be used by the immediate family.

PROOF OF ADDRESS - To obtain a library card, proof of address is required, and you must apply in person at any Woodbridge Library location. Acceptable ID includes the following:

RESIDENTS - Driver's license, automobile registration, rent receipt or recent utilities bill.

NON-RESIDENTS EMPLOYED IN TOWN - current payroll stub from the Woodbridge employer with the Woodbridge address on it or, a letter with the current date on company letterhead

NON-RESIDENTS TOWNSHIP PROPERTY OWNERS - Property bill of sale or current tax bill

YOUNG ADULTS GRADE 8 AND UP - School ID or report card

CHILDREN THROUGH GRADE 7 - ID is not required

Cards may be renewed when they expire subject to the proper identification. All fines and lost books must be paid for before a new card is issued. Please let us know if you change your name, address or telephone number. Lost or stolen cards should be reported to us immediately.


BORROWING PERIOD

Most books circulate for 28 days. New fiction, selected new non-fiction, school summer reading list books and children's holiday books circulate for 14 days. Other items circulate as follows:

DVDs/Videos - 3 days or 7 days

Talking books - 14 days

Compact discs - 7 days

Magazines -14 days

Educational media - 14 days


HOLDS

If the book you want is out, you can place a hold (also called reserve) on it. Patrons can place their own holds at any catalog terminal, or as always, ask the librarian for assistance. Holds can also be placed by calling the Library or from any computer with the Library Catalog. Talking books may also be reserved, but not DVDs/videos, compact discs or school summer reading list books. Always have your library barcode number handy when placing a hold.


FINES AND FEES

Library materials returned late are subject to overdue fines. The fines are 15¢ per day for adult books and 10¢ per day for children's books. Fines on adult books do not exceed $15.00 per item; fines on children's books do not exceed $10.00 per item. Overdue fines for other library items vary. See the complete list of Fines and Fees.

Library users are responsible for the replacement cost of lost or damaged materials. Parents or guardians are responsible for materials borrowed with a Juvenile card (issued to preschoolers through seventh grade students.) The Library has established a flat replacement fee for the various categories of library materials. There is also a non-refundable processing fee of $5.00 for all lost materials. See the complete list of Fines and Fees.

COLLECTION AGENCY

The Library uses the services of a collection agency to retrieve books and other materials which have not been returned in a timely fashion, and to collect outstanding fines and fees. A twenty dollar collection agency fee is added to a patron's balance when they are reported to the collection agency.

This is a non-refundable fee that is in addition to the cost of the book and the five dollar processing fee.

RETURNS

An item borrowed at one branch may be returned to another branch. The Fords, Henry Inman and Iselin branches have book drops; the Main Library does not. Woodbridge and Carteret accept returns of items borrowed from either library.

RENEWALS

Print and talking books may be renewed one time only, if there are no holds (reserves) present. Compact discs may also be renewed, but not DVDs/videos or school summer reading list books. An item can be renewed by bringing it to the Library, or in the My Account section of the library catalog,  or with Telecirc, the automated telephone system which lets you renew books and check your library record with a touch tone phone.