Library Locations and Hours

  1. Where are you located?

  2. What are your hours?

  3. What are your holiday hours?

  4. In case of inclement weather, how do I find out if the library is open?

 

Library Cards

  1. How do I get a library card?

  2. How old does my child need to be to get a card of their own?

  3. When does my child’s card get full privileges?

  4. If I’m a member of another library, can I take out books at the North Brunswick Library? What about using the computers?

  5. How long is my library card active and how do I go about renewing it?

  6. What is my PIN?

  7. I lost my library card? How can I get a new one?

  8. My card is blocked, what does this mean?

 

Borrowing

  1. Who can borrow materials?

  2. How long can I keep an item out?

  3. Can I get a list of all the items I have checked out?

  4. How do I renew an item? What happens if it won’t renew?

  5. How can I request an item that the Library already owns?

  6. How can I be notified when a hold comes in?

  7. The book I want isn’t listed in our catalog. Is there a way I can get it from another library?

 

Returning Materials

  1. How can I return materials to the library?

  2. Can I return books to any other library?

  3. Are there any materials that cannot be returned in the book drops?

  4. A DVD or CD I checked out would not play or skipped badly, who should I notify?

 

Fines and Fees

  1. What are your fees for overdue books?

  2. What other fees might I incur?

 

Computers and Technology

  1. Do you have computers available for public use?

  2. I don’t have a library card, is there a way I can use the computers as a visitor?

  3. All the computers are full, can I reserve a computer?

  4. How much does it cost to print?

  5. Do you have Wi-Fi available?

  6. Do you have any other computer accessories available for use (scanners, phone chargers, flash drives, laptops etc.)?

  7. I may need assistance using the computer; will someone be available to help me?

 

The Library Catalog and My Online Account

  1. How do I find a book in the catalog?

  2. I got a ton of items when I searched for a book; is there any way I can find what I’m looking for quicker?

  3. How do I access my account from home?

  4. What can I do on my account?

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Does the library accept donations?

  2. How do I book the library’s meeting room?

  3. Is there a place for quiet study?

  4. Do you have a place where local events and services can be advertised?

  5. Is there a public fax service available?

  6. Do you have materials and classes for those who want to learn English?

  7. What is your Museum Pass program?

  8. Do you offer proctoring services?

  9. Do you provide tax forms during tax season?

  10. Where can I apply for jobs with the library?

  11. Is the library looking for volunteers?

  12. When is the library book sale?


Library Location and Hours

Where are you located?

Our mailing address is:

880 Hermann Rd.

North Brunswick, NJ 08902

What are your hours?

Monday – Thursday: 10AM – 9PM

Friday – Saturday: 10AM – 5PM

Sunday: Noon – 5PM

What are your holiday hours?

In 2018, the Library will be CLOSED on the following days:

  • New Year’s Day (Monday, January 1st)

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 15th)

  • Presidents’ Day (Monday, February 19)

  • Good Friday (Friday, March 30th)

  • Easter Sunday (Sunday, April 1st)

  • Memorial Day (Monday, May 28th)

  • Independence Day (Wednesday, July 4th)

  • Labor Day (Monday, September 3rd)

  • Columbus Day (Monday, October 8th)

  • Veterans Day (Sunday, November 11th and Monday, November 12th)

  • Thanksgiving (Thursday, November 22nd)

  • Day after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 23rd)

  • Christmas Eve (Monday, December 24th)

  • Christmas Day (Tuesday, December 25th)

 Early Closures:

  • Thanksgiving Eve (Wednesday, November 21st at 3PM)

  • New Year’s Eve (Monday, December 31 at 5PM)

In case of inclement weather, how do I find out if the library is open?

In case of snow, or other inclement weather the library website and Facebook page will be updated as soon as possible.  Additionally, our phone message will be changed when the library closes. 


Library Cards

How do I get a library card?

A free library card is available to anyone who lives in North Brunswick or owns property in town.  Proof of residency is required.  Anyone who works in town a minimum of 20 hours or attends school in town is also eligible for a card but it is only good for use in our library.

Just bring your government issued photo ID and we’ll set you up.   If you recently moved to North Brunswick and your ID does not reflect the move, you can present the following documents as proof of North Brunswick residency:

  • Current Lease or Rental Agreement

  • A utility bill (PSEG, Cablevision, Verizon etc.) posted within the last 60 Days

Additionally, some North Brunswick residents have a Milltown mailing address and are therefore entitled to a North Brunswick Card.

  • Milltown addresses that qualify:

    • Elkins Lane, Lenox Avenue, Prospect Avenue, Stelle Avenue, Tremont Avenue, and West Lawrence Street.

 

A non-resident card is available for $50.00 a year but it is only good for use in our library.

How old does my child need to be to get a card of their own?

Children can get their own library cards starting at the age of three.  A parent or guardian must present proof of residency. 

Children's library cards cannot be used to borrow DVDs, videogames, museum passes or ereaders.  There are no other limitations on what can be borrowed on a child's card.  The library does not censor what a child may borrow.  We feel that it is a decision best left to the parents to decide what a child may or may not read.

When does my child’s card get full privileges?

Children over the age of 13 can borrow DVDs and videogames.  Card holders have to be at least 17 to borrow MPAA rated R movies. unrated movies, TV-DVDs and Mature rated videogames.

If I’m a member of another library, can I take out books at the North Brunswick Library?

North Brunswick Public Library is proud to be a member of the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium (LMxAC), a group of 31 libraries located throughout Middlesex, Monmouth, and Union Counties. If your library is a member of LMxAC (as well as others which are detailed in the Borrowing Section) you may take out and return materials to any libraries in the system.

How long is my library card active and how do I go about renewing it?

Your library card is good for three years.  Please present current ID at our circulation desk and your card will be renewed for another three years. If your address hasn't changed, your adult library card can be renewed at any library in the LMxAC system. 

What is my PIN?

Your PIN (Personal Identification Number) is a number which will allow you to access your online library account as well as the public computers.  You will set this number when you sign up for your card. Your PIN must be obtained in person at the North Brunswick Public Library.

Present your library card and ID with a current address to desk staff or the reference desk to change your PIN.  If your address is not updated on your ID you may present the following as proof of address:

  • Tax Bill

  • Lease

  • Utility Statement (dated within the last 60 days)

Unfortunately, we cannot give this information out over the phone.

Please note, that the PIN you set up at the circulation desk is used to access your online account only.  To set up your PIN for computer use, please see the Reference Desk. These numbers may be the same (or different if you prefer), but they are controlled by two separate systems.

I lost my library card? How can I get a new one?

You can get a replacement card at the North Brunswick Public Library Circulation Desk.  Your first replacement card is free. Thereafter, the cost to replace a card is $2.50.

Present a photo ID with a current address to circulation desk staff to obtain a replacement card.  If your address is not updated on your ID you may present the following as proof of address:

  • Tax Bill

  • Lease

  • Utility Statement (dated within the last 60 days)

My card is blocked, what does this mean?

Library cards are blocked at $5.00. This means you have unpaid overdue fines or lost materials amounting to $5.00 or more. You will not be able to borrow materials or use our computers until the balance is paid in full.


Borrowing

Who can borrow materials?

Your North Brunswick Library card is good for borrowing materials in most of the public libraries in Middlesex and Union counties. Plus some libraries in Somerset, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, and Warren counties. Please click here for more details.

How long can I keep an item out?

In order to make sure our materials are available to everyone in a fair and equitable way, we have to limit the number of some of the items you can take out and we have to charge overdue fines if they are returned late. Remember that most materials can be renewed (if no one is waiting for them) online, in person or by phone (phone number here)

ITEM

DVDs

New DVDs

Rental DVDs

Video Games

TV Series

New Books

Hot Titles

Audiobooks

CDs

Children’s Books

Adult and YA Books

LIMIT

10

2

No Limit

2

3

No Limit

2

No Limit

10

No Limit

No Limit

LOAN PERIOD

7 days

7 days

No Limit

7 Days

2 weeks

2 weeks

2 weeks

3 weeks

2 weeks

3 weeks

3 weeks

FINES PER DAY

50 ¢ / Day

50 ¢ / Day

$1.00 / Day

$1.00  / Day

50 ¢ / Day

25 ¢ / Day

25 ¢ / Day

25 ¢ / Day

25 ¢ / Day

10 ¢ / Day

25¢ / Day

Can I get a list of all the items I have checked out?

Yes, if you are in the library you can ask the Circulation Desk to print out a copy of your checked out materials.  You can also view your checkouts at home by visiting the Library Catalog and accessing My Account.

How do I renew an item? Is there any reason why it wouldn’t renew?

You can renew three ways, in person, over the phone, and online.  

  • If you are in the library, just go to the Circulation Desk and we can renew your materials.

  • You can call us during normal business hours at 732-246-3545 and ask to renew. You can also call 732-750-2695 for the LMxAC automated renewal line.

  • You can also renew online by visiting the Library Catalog and accessing My Account. Please note, you will need both your Library Card and PIN handy to access this feature.

There are some times where items will not renew.  Examples of these are:

  • You have reached the maximum renewal limit for the item.

  • Another user has that item on hold.

  • New DVDs.  New DVDs are not renewable.

  • Your fines total $5.00 and over.  Your card is blocked at $5.00 and we cannot renew materials on a blocked card.

How can I request an item that the Library already owns?

Call us at 732 246-3545 and we will be happy to check the shelves for you and hold the material. Please note that certain items, like summer reading books and hot titles cannot be held. The items will be held for you at the Circulation Desk for three days.

You can also place a reserve online. Please note that it takes 24 hours to retrieve the item. We suggest you go the old fashioned route and simply call us.

How can I be notified when a hold comes in?

There are 3 ways you can get notified:

  • By phone – we will call you when your hold becomes available.

  • Email – you will receive a pickup notice from the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium.

  • Text Alerts – Our newest Service. Click here to read more about this program.

Materials are held for seven days. If you no longer want your hold please call us and cancel it. Holds that are not picked up or cancelled are subject to a 50 cent fine.

The book I want isn’t listed in our catalog. Is there a way I can get it from another library?

If you want to borrow a book that the Library does not own, you may be able to borrow it by placing an interlibrary loan via JerseyCat.  We can locate materials within New Jersey for free.  If you would like for us to search for the book outside of New Jersey, there is a $5.00 fee.

If you wish to place a JerseyCat loan, please click here to fill out the request form and return it to the North Brunswick Library Reference Desk.

Returning Materials

How can I return materials to the library?

Please return your materials inside the building while we are open. If the library is closed, there’s a drive up drop on the side of the building for printed materials. For media (CDs, DVDs, games) there is a drop available at our front door. This drop is only open when we are closed.

Can I return books to any other library?

Most of our materials can be returned to other LMxAC libraries. But please return eReaders and museum passes to our library.

Are there any materials that cannot be returned in the book drops?

Most of our materials can be returned to other LMxAC libraries. But please return eReaders and museum passes to our library.

If you are returning a museum pass, please return it to the Reference Desk during library hours. If that is not possible, it can be dropped off in the media drop at our front door.

A DVD or CD I checked out would not play or skipped badly, who should I notify?

Please bring the disc into the library and let one of our Circulation Staff know.  


Fines and Fees

What are your fees for overdue items?

What other fees might I incur?


Computers and technology

Do you have computers available for public use?

Yes, we have 19 computers in our lab, 3 children’s computers and 1 express station.  All you need to log on to the computers is your Library Card and PIN.  If you do not know your PIN, please bring your card up to the Reference Desk and we can give you the information.

While using the computers is free, you have to pay (cash only please) to print.  The current charges are as follows:

  • 10¢ for Black and White Prints per page.

  • 25¢ for Color Prints per page

I don’t have a library card, is there a way I can use the computers as a visitor?

Yes, we issue visitors passes for any non-resident.  Non-residents are defined as any user who's license does not have a North Brunswick address.  Please visit the reference desk and present your photo ID and your Library Card  so you can get a pass.  Visitors passes are good for 1 hour of computer use.

All the computers are full, can I reserve a computer?

Yes, we have a sign up station to the right of the computer lab.  If you need assistance reserving a computer please see the Reference Librarian or Lab Assistant.

How much does it cost to print?

It is 10 cents/page for black and white, 25 cents/page for color printing.  There is no cost to scan documents.

Do you have Wi-Fi available?

Yes, we have Wi-Fi available throughout the building.  The Wi-Fi name is NBPL, there is no password.

Do you have any other computer accessories available for use (scanners, phone chargers, flash drives, laptops etc.)?

We have the following available for use (please see the guidelines/prices listed below):

  • There are 6 scanners in the lab.  They are free of charge.

  • Phone Chargers – Please see the Reference Desk to be loaned a phone charger.  You will need to leave your ID with the Librarian while you use the charger.  There is no fee for this service.  We have chargers for Android and Apple phones.

  • Flash Drives – Flash drives are available for purchase from the Circulation Desk.  They are $6.00 for a 2GB drive.

  • Headphones – Headphones are available for purchase from the Circulation Desk. They are $2.00.

  • Copy Machine – The North Brunswick Library has one color copy machine.  It is $0.15 to copy in black and white and $0.25 cents to copy in color.  If you need assistance, please see the Circulation Desk.

I may need assistance using the computer, will someone be available to help me?

Absolutely.  If you need help, please ask the Reference Librarian or Lab Assistant will come over to assist you.  Additionally we offer One on One computer sessions.  Please call the library at 732-246-3545 to register for a One on One.


Library Catalog and My Online Account

How do I find a book in the catalog?

Access the library catalog here. In the search bar put in the title, author, keyword, or subject of the item you are looking for.  Then click Search.  Your results will appear on the next page.

I got a ton of items when I searched for a book, is there any way I can find what I’m looking for quicker?

The search results page may appear differently, depending on the content that your library has access to.  After you have received the results of a search, you can sort the results by publication date (ascending or descending), title, or author by click on the Sort By drop down menu in the top right corner.

You can also filter your results by using the left hand side menu.  For example, if you know the author of the book you’re looking for, you can narrow the search results by locating the author’s name under the Author heading in blue.  Click the check box next to the author’s name.  If you still can’t locate your book, you can further narrow it down by checking “book” under the format heading in blue.

How do I access My Account from home?

My Account lets you view your checkouts, holds, and any fines you may have. You can also view your personal information, change your PIN, and set up your preferences.

Go to My Account page by clicking My Account from the upper right corner of the header. If you are not already logged in, the system will prompt you to log in before you can access the My Account page.

What can I do on My Account?

Depending on your library, there are four or five My Account tabs: Personal Information, Checkouts, Holds, and Fines. Click on a tab to open it up.

Understanding the summary box

The summary box  gives you a quick view of the number of items you have currently checked out, the number of items you have on hold, and the amount of fines you owe your library. You can click a heading (for example, Checkouts) to open the corresponding tab.

The summary box also shows your user status. Some statuses prevent you from performing certain actions (for example, if you have unpaid fines or overdue items, you may have a status that prevents you from renewing items you have checked out or placing new items on hold). If you have questions about your status, talk to a librarian at your library.

Alert icons

Alert icons will appear in My Account when a new action is available to you. For example, if you have a hold that has arrived and is ready for you to pick up, you will see an alert icon on your Holds tab and in your summary box. Alert icons will appear when:

  • You have overdue checkouts.

  • You have holds that are ready for you to pick up.

  • You have any new or unpaid fines.

These topics explain more about each tab in My Account:


MISCELLANEOUS

Does the library accept donations?

We accept donations of gently used materials, including books, CDs and DVDs. Donated items are subject to the same evaluation criteria as material we purchase.  Items we do not add to our collection may be sold to raise funds for the library, offered to community organizations or recycled. Please note, we only accept 2 bags or 2 boxes of donated books at a time.

When you donate books to the library, you will also get a receipt for the number of items donated upon request.

How do I book the library’s meeting room?

Please read more about our public meeting rooms here.  If your group meets the requirements and you are interested in booking a meeting room, please visit the website here for more information, fill out this form, or call the library to reserve the meeting room.

Is there a place for quiet study?

Yes, we have a sound proof room with 8 carrels for quiet study. We ask that you remain as quiet as possible, silence cell phones, and no group study please.

Do you have a place where local events and services can be advertised?

Our Community Information Board and Portable Services Binder are available for anyone wishing to post.  However, they must be approved prior to posting.  Please bring your flyers up to the Reference Desk and we will begin the approval process.

Is there a public fax service available?

Yes, the public can receive and send faxes.  We do offer a free cover sheet if needed. The cost to send a fax is as follows:

  • $2.00 for the 1st page, $1.00 for each subsequent page.

  • Toll Free Numbers (800, 866, 855 etc.) are free of charge.

  • $1.00/page to receive a fax at the library.  Please note, that you must come to the library and fill out a form here first to receive a fax here. The public fax number is 732-246-1341.

Do you have materials and classes for those who want to learn English?

We do have a large section of ESL materials available for checkout.  Additionally, Literacy NJ in partnership with the North Brunswick Library offers conversation classes on Wednesday mornings (subject to change).  However, Pre-Registration is required. Please contact LiteracyNJ at 732-906-5456 about registration for classes.

What is your Museum Pass program?

The Friends of the North Brunswick Public Library have generously provided FREE passes to some of the area’s most popular museums!

Check out a pass to one of the museums with your North Brunswick Public Library card, just like a book!  Passes are limited to one per household.  Enjoy your visit along with family and friends, then return the pass to the Library the next day.  Click here for more information.

Do you offer proctoring services?

The proctoring of examinations is a service offered by the North Brunswick Public Library. The library will offer proctoring services based on the availability of personnel, facilities and technology.

To fill out the test proctoring form and submit it to the library click here.

ELIGIBILITY

This service is available to students who are registered card holders in good standing with the North Brunswick Public Library and to residents of surrounding towns.

FEES

  • North Brunswick residents – $5.00 per hour for each exam

  • Non-residents – $10.00 per hour for each exam

  • The fees are based on the scheduled amount of time for the exam, not the amount of time taken by the student.

  • The fee includes computer use, faxing, printing, scanning, and postage (if the completed test needs to be mailed via USPS).

  • Payment is by cash only, due on the scheduled date of the exam.

  • The library will offer a private room with a librarian present for the length of the test at $25.00 per hour and at a maximum of $50.00. This service is available to both residents and non-residents.

For more information and guidelines click here.

Do you provide tax forms during tax season?

Yes, we provide Federal tax forms and instructions.  However, State tax forms must be printed out online.  Please call us at 732-246-3545 to check what forms we have available.

Where can I apply for jobs with the library?

Is the library looking for volunteers?

The Volunteer program is currently accepting applications for new volunteers.   Please click here for information and an application or call us at 732-246-3545.

When is the library book sale?

The library book sale is held on the 1st weekend in May.  In 2018, the book sale will be on Friday, May 4th, 5th and 6th.