FAQ/How Do I


How do I get a library card?
Where can I use my library card?
Can I access my account from home?
How long is the check out period and may I renew?
How do I renew my materials?
How do I place a hold on an item?
How much are fines?
Where can I return my materials?
Does the library accept book donations?
Does the library provide Internet access?
Does the library have a meeting room?
If the library does not own an item that I would like to borrow, can the library get it for me?
I do not know how to use the library catalog, can a librarian help me?
I am having trouble accessing an online database from home….can I call for help?
Do programs require advance registration? How do I register?
Which Museum Passes does the library offer and how do I borrow one?
What are the library’s hours?



How do I get a library card?

To check out books or other materials, a patron must have a card registered in the Scotch Plains Public Library system. Anyone who lives in or owns property in Scotch Plains and is three years of age or older is entitled to a free library card, which must be renewed every three years. Lost cards can be replaced in person at the circulation desk. There is a $1.00 replacement fee per card.

A non-resident who does not live in a reciprocal borrowing (MURAL) area who works in Scotch Plains is entitled (with proof of employment) to a “Courtesy Card” at no charge for a period of one year, and this card may also be renewed as long as the cardholder maintains their student status or employment in Scotch Plains.

A non-resident who wishes to purchase a membership at the Scotch Plains Public Library may do so. The current fee is $65.00 per year.

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Where can I use my library card?

Scotch Plains Public Library card holders are welcome to use their library cards at any Middlesex Union Reciprocal Associated Libraries.

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Can I access my account from home?

Yes! You will need your library card number (located underneath the barcode on your library card) and the 4 digit PIN that is created when you registered for your library card. Then visit the library catalog and click LOG IN at the top right corner. If you have forgotten your PIN you will need to stop by the library with your library card and photo id for the staff to re-set your PIN. The staff cannot reveal your PIN or card number over the phone or email.

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How long is the check out period and may I renew?

DVDs may be borrowed for 7 days. Periodicals, music CDs, new books, and summer reading materials may be borrowed for 14 days. Other materials will circulate for 28 days. All materials, with the exception of DVDs and Museum Passes,  may be renewed for one 14 day period provided there are no HOLDS on the item(s). Please see our Circulation Policy for further information.

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How do I renew my materials?

Using your library barcode number items can be renewed via the telephone, online from any home computer, or in person.

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How do I place a hold on an item?

There are several ways to place a hold on an item.  You may place the hold yourself via the online library catalog. This can be done either at home or in the library.  You may also, of course, ask the staff to assist you in placing a hold while in the library. Please not that holds cannot be placed on DVDs or Museum Passes.

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How much are fines?

Fines on Museum Passes are $10.00 per day.  Fines on Nook readers are $5.00 per day. Fines on DVDs are $1.00 per day.  Fines on all other materials are $.10 per day.

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Where can I return my materials?

Most materials can be returned at either the Scotch Plains Public Library or the Fanwood Memorial Library.  When the library is closed materials may be returned in the library book drop with the exception of Museum Passes.

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Does the library accept book donations?

The Friends of the Library does accept book donations at certain times of the year in preparation for their annual book sale. Please call the library to determine if donations are currently being accepted.

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Does the library provide Internet access?

Yes, the library provides both public computers for in-house Internet access with access via library card and wireless Internet access via Wi-Fi. Please click here to read the library’s complete computer guidelines.

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Does the library have a meeting room?

The library has a meeting room and several quiet study rooms.

To apply to use the meeting room, please click here.

To read the study room usage guidelines, please click here.

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If the library does not own an item that I would like to borrow, can the library get it for me?

There are several ways for the library to obtain an item you wish to borrow:

  1. If it is a newly published item and you are a Scotch Plains resident cardholder, you can fill out a request for the library to purchase it. Forms are available at the Adult Service Desk.
  2. If a newly published item is owned by one of the libraries in MURAL, you can visit that library to borrow the item.
  3. If the item you seek is not new or owned by any of the libraries in our MURAL network and you are a Scotch Plains resident cardholder, you may complete an Inter-library Loan request. We will try to locate the item and arrange to have it shipped to SPPL. Inquire at the Adult Service Desk for further information.

 

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I do not know how to use the library catalog, can a librarian help me?

Stop by the Adult Service Desk any time for assistance with using the online library catalog.

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I am having trouble accessing an online database or service from home….can I call for help?

You may call the Adult Service Desk for assistance with any of Scotch Plains Public Library’s databases. We are available for assistance during library hours. 908-322-5007 Ext. 204.

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Do programs require advance registration? How do I register?

Due to limited space, many of our programs require advanced registration. If registration is required, it will be clearly stated in the program description. Simply follow the prompts to register. Remember, you will need your Scotch Plains or Fanwood Library barcode number to register.

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Which Museum Passes does the library offer and how do I borrow one?

For a full list of the Museum Passes and guidelines for borrowing them, please visit the Museum Pass page.

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What are a library’s hours?

To view our daily hours of operation, please visit our About page located on the library’s main menu bar.

 

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