Any person who lives, works, attends school, or pays taxes in the Borough of Bernardsville is eligible for a library card that enables them to borrow materials in accordance with policies set by the Board of Trustees.

To apply for a library card, bring identification showing proof of your home, work or school address. There is no age restriction to get a card, but a parent or guardian is required to show proof of address.

The Bernardsville Public Library belongs to several library organizations that expand borrowing opportunities for our patrons. Through agreements with the following groups, Bernardsville card holders are able to borrow materials directly from more than 50 libraries in New Jersey:

  • Morris Automated Information Network (MAIN) consortium,
  • Morris-Union Federation of Libraries (MUF), and
  • Raritan Valley Federation (RVF).

Libraries within 10 miles of Bernardsville that have shared borrowing include:

  • Bernards Township
  • Berkeley Heights
  • Clarence Dillon
  • Harding
  • Long Hill
  • Madison
  • Mendham Borough
  • Mendham Township
  • Morris County
  • Morris Plains
  • Morristown/Morristownship
  • Randolph

For a complete list of the more than 50 libraries with shared borrowing privileges, click here.

Most materials owned by Bernardsville are due back in 14 days (2 weeks) from check out. Most Bernardsville materials automatically renew once unless someone has reserved the item. Patrons who borrow items from other libraries should be aware that each library sets its own loan periods and automatic renewal. Thus, items from multiple libraries may have different due dates. Patrons will receive courtesy email reminders three days before the due date of each item; however, it is the patron’s responsibility to monitor and comply with all due dates.

Due dates for downloadable or streaming items vary according to the parameters set by the library and the service provider. Check each platform for current information.

For patron convenience, materials belonging to any MAIN library may be returned to the Bernardsville Library. Likewise, Bernardsville materials may be returned to any MAIN library.

Items Owned by Bernardsville

If not returned by the due date, most Bernardsville items will be charged a fine of 15 cents per day. Bernardsville specialty items are charged overdue fees per day per item as follows:

For-pay DVDs:           $1.00
Museum Passes:         $5.00
Book Group Bags:      $1.00

Borrowing privileges and automatic renewals are suspended when fines total $10.00 or more.

Items Owned by Other Libraries

For all items, the overdue fine policy of the owning library prevails, regardless of the fine policy in effect at the library where the material is checked out or returned. The Bernardsville Library may not waive fines on items owned by other MAIN libraries. Patrons will receive courtesy email reminders three days before the due date of each item; however, it is the patron’s responsibility to monitor and comply with all due dates.

Patrons may place holds on items that are checked out to other patrons or that are owned by another MAIN library. The Bernardsville Library catalog provides access to the catalogs of all MAIN libraries and patrons can place their own holds directly from the catalogs.

To place a hold:

  • Have your library card bar code available:
  • Use Search Catalog to locate your required item and click on Place Reserve, OR
  • Phone the library at 908-766-0118

For each held item, the patron may select the MAIN library for pick up. Patrons may return items to any MAIN library regardless of where the item was picked up.

When the item is available the patron will receive an email or a text will alert that it is ready to be picked up. The patron has a week to claim the item at the library.

Reserve priority is given to card holders of the lending library. If there are multiple holds on an item, priority is then determined by the date the hold is placed.

Note that although patrons may borrow items directly from Morris-Union Federation of Libraries (MUF), and Raritan Valley Federation (RVF) libraries, they may not place holds on items from these libraries.

For most items owned by Bernardsville, items will renew automatically only if no other patron has placed a hold on the item. After two renewals, patrons must call to request a courtesy renewal.

New fiction and new nonfiction adult books will be renewed automatically only once and may not be renewed again.

Items owned by other libraries will follow the rules of the lending library.

To renew items:

  • Log into My Account, click on Items Out and renew the item online, OR
  • Phone the library at 908-766-0118 and ask to renew the item.