GENERAL PROCEDURES 

 

All borrowers MUST present their valid library card each time they check out materials or renew materials at the library.
 

"Valid library card" means ​

· A card issued by the Montvale Public Library

· A card issued by a member library of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System 

· One of the previous two types of cards saved to a smartphone

 

Lost library cards will be replaced at no cost.

MONTVALE RESIDENT -- ADULT

 

Any Montvale resident adult (18 years old or older) may receive a library card. Just visit the library and present one of the following forms of identification. Please note that all forms of identification must include the applicant's name and Montvale address:

· Unexpired driver license, auto registration, or auto insurance card 

· Current utility bill, apartment rental agreement, mortgage agreement, or property tax bill 

· Unexpired I.D. issued by municipal, county State or Federal government agency 

· Printed checks or current bank statement

· In the case of a live-in nanny/live-in au pair/live-in housekeeper/or other employee required to live in Montvale:  a letter from the employer that provides the employer's name, address and phone and which states that the nanny/au pair/housekeeper/other employee is employed by the Montvale employer.

 

I.D. showing a person's name and a Montvale Post Office Box number is insufficient proof of Montvale residency.

 

Library cards are valid for three years and may be renewed by presenting one of the forms of I.D. listed above. Adult resident cardholders may borrow items or request items from any of the member libraries of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System. In addition, your library card will give you access any databases that the library subscribes to, as well as letting you download/stream e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, videos, TV shows and music from our collection of digital services.

MONTVALE RESIDENT -- CHILD

 

A child (under age 18) residing in Montvale may apply for a card as soon as s/he can print her/his first and last name legibly.  The child must visit the library in the company of a parent or guardian, who needs to present one of the forms of I.D. listed in the Montvale Resident – Adult Section. 

 

Montvale children with library cards may borrow items or request items from any of the member libraries of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System. In addition, your library card will give you access any databases that the library subscribes to, as well as letting you download/stream e-books, e-audiobooks, e-magazines, videos, TV shows and music from our collection of digital services.

A child's parent(s) or guardian(s) is/are responsible for monitoring the child's selection of materials.  "Child" means under the age of 18. 


[Please note that in the State of New Jersey, parents/guardians are legally and financially responsible for their children until the children reach the age of 18.]

NON-RESIDENT, WORKS IN MONTVALE

 

Anyone who works in Montvale is eligible for a courtesy card.  Please note, however, that we follow the policy of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System which states that if a person resides in one of the BCCLS towns and s/he is eligible for a library card in that town, we are not to give her/him a courtesy card.

   

To apply for a courtesy card, the applicant must provide some form of identification that includes the applicant's name, the company's name, and the company's Montvale address. The applicant must also provide “home I.D.,” as listed under Montvale Resident -- Adult.

   

WoodCliff Lake students attending Pascack Hills High School are entitled to a courtesy card. The student, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, needs to present his/her Pascack Hills ID while the parent or guardian must provide I.D. to show residency in Wood-Cliff Lake.

 

Those holding courtesy cards may borrow items from the Montvale Library only.  Courtesy cards are good for one year and may be renewed by presenting one of the forms of I.D. listed above.

NON-RESIDENT, PAID LIBRARY CARD

 

Non-residents may choose to pay a non-refundable annual fee for a library card.  The current fee is $450.  Please note, however:  We follow the policy of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System which states that if a person resides in one of the BCCLS towns and s/he is eligible for a library card in that town, we are not to give her/him a paid card.

 

To apply for a paid card, just visit the Montvale Library and fill out an application.  The fee may be paid by check; a receipt will be provided.  The applicant must also provide “home I.D.,” as listed under Montvale Resident -- Adult.

   

Those holding paid cards may borrow items from the Montvale Library only. Courtesy cards are good for one year and may be renewed by presenting one of the forms of I.D. listed above.

ECARDS

The BCCLS Library consortium offers the option of applying for a virtual library card on their website. Patrons must fill out their name and address on an online form in order to receive this ‘ecard,’ which will give access to e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines. Please note that this ecard may not allow access to certain databases that the library subscribes to.

 

Patrons need a regular library card to access in-person library services such as ordering and checking out physical items. Your ecard can easily be converted into a regular library card. Just visit the library and present one of the forms of I.D. listed in the Montvale Resident – Adult Section. We will renew ecards for six months for any patrons who do not wish to visit the library, but want to continue accessing e-books, e-audiobooks and e-magazines. Ecards can be renewed by phoning or emailing the library.

Fines

Lost Books

Renewals and Loan Periods

Technology

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