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Frequently asked questions


How do I sign up for a library card?


Library cards are free to West Milford Township residents, property owners, and individuals attending school or working in the Township. Other persons may acquire a card by paying an annual fee of $25.
Verification of permanent address is required before a card will be issued. Present a driver's license, tax or utility bill, voter registration card, school ID or printed check at the time of application. Annually, library cards are renewed at the Circulation Desk by presenting proof of West Milford Township residency.
Children are not asked for identification. Cards are mailed to the child's residence and borrowing privileges begin upon receipt of the card. Should a parent or guardian be present at application and supply the acceptable identification or currently is a patron, the card is immediately issued.
Materials may not be borrowed unless a card is presented.

Can an organization borrow material?

Local organizations are eligible for cards. A person in the organization must take responsibility for items borrowed by staff or residents using the card.


What if I lose my library card?

If the card is lost or stolen notify the library immediately by calling 973-728-2820. A fee of $3 is charged for a replacement card.


What if I lose materials I borrowed?

Patrons are responsible for all Library materials checked out, including media damaged by equipment. When resources are lost or so badly damaged that they cannot be repaired, the borrower pays the Library's replacement cost, which includes the price of the item, processing supplies, and employee time.


What is the Library's borrowing policy?

West Milford Township Library shares the same circulation policy with all PALSPlus – the Computer Consortium of Passaic County – libraries.

Users may borrow up to 75 items and place up to 50 holds per library card. Borrowers will be blocked if they have 5 items overdue or $5.00 in fines. Borrowers may place holds on any material, including media, from any library as long as it has been in the system for 3 months.

Item Type Loan Period RenewalsFine/Max
Book21 days2$.10/$5.00
New Book21 days1$.10/$5.00
Magazines14 days0$.10/$5.00
Audio - Music21 days1$.10/$5.00
Audiobook21 days2$.10/$5.00
New Audiobook21 days1$.10/$5.00
Video - VHS21 days1$.10/$5.00
DVD7 days1$1.00/$10.00

Materials may not be renewed if they are on reserve for another patron or an interlibrary loan from a library outside of PALSPlus. To renew by phone, a borrower’s card number is needed. Items may also be renewed at the Library’s circulation desk or through the website here.

Materials may be returned at any PALPlus Library. When the West Milford Township Library is closed, material may be returned in the item return located on the sidewalk near the parking lot. Overdue materials can be placed in the item return and fines paid at the circulation desk when the Library is open.


What if my materials are overdue?


When library materials are overdue, they are no longer available for use by others. For this reason, a borrower will be blocked from borrowing resources when they have 5 items overdue or owe $5.00 in fines.
Fines for books, audios, magazines and VHS tapes are $.10 a day per item to a maximum of $5.00 per item. Fines for DVDs are $1.00 a day per item to a maximum of $10.00 per item.

Where else can I use my West Milford library card?

You can use your card at any public library in Passaic County and Passaic County Community College libraries. All are members of The Computer Consortium of Passaic County Libraries - PALSPlus.

PALS libraries:

  • Bloomingdale
  • Caldwell
  • Cedar Grove
  • Clifton
  • Haledon
  • Little Falls
  • North Haledon
  • Passaic
  • Paterson
  • Pompton Lakes
  • Ringwood
  • Totowa
  • Wanaque
  • Wayne
  • West Milford
  • West Paterson
  • Passaic County Community College.

Can I borrow from libraries outside of Passaic County?


Yes, open borrowing extends borrowing privileges to libraries in Morris, Middlesex, Sussex and Warren counties.
West Milford Township Library cardholders can obtain an open borrowing sticker at the circulation desk where their record will be verified to be in good standing. Stickered card may be used at participating public libraries for open borrowing privileges.
Borrowers from Morris, Middlesex, Sussex and Warren counties are eligible for borrowing privileges at the West Milford Township Library if they produce their home library card and it has an open borrowing sticker. If card does not, the home library is phoned to verify borrower is in good standing. A sticker is then placed on card.