Circulation Policies

Library materials may be borrowed for the following lengths of time:

Loan Period
Max. number*
Renewal Limit
Placing Holds**
Books, magazines, music, audiobooks, kits
three weeks
no limit
one week
no limit
New DVD's one week 8 per person 0 no $1.00/day
Video Games
one week
8 per household
yes, if not new
Easy Holiday Books
three weeks
4 per person
*there is an overall limit of 50  

Materials that may not circulate:  reference, some Main Library government documents.

What do I do if I lose my library card?
If you lose your library card, contact the library immediately so that it may be blocked from further use.  Then go to any branch to apply for a replacement card.  The replacement card fee is $1.00.

Where can I return library books?
All circulating materials may be returned to any branch or System bookdrop.

How do I renew materials?
You can renew materials online.  On every page of the website, you will see My Account on the top, righthand corner of the page.  You can log in with your library barcode and PIN (the last four digits of your phone number) and renew selected or all titles.  Materials cannot be renewed online the day they are due. You will need to call the library to get them renewed.

The renewal loan period is from the date the item is renewed, not from the original due date.  So if you renew a book with a three week loan period a week before it is due, it will be due in three weeks, not four weeks.

If other patrons have a request on an item that is checked out, the item cannot be renewed and will need to be returned to the library by the due date.

The Libraries send reminders and overdue notices via mail and email. 

In addition, patrons may sign up for a free service called Library Elf, that sends reminders with greater frequency.  Use this handy-dandy service to get advance e-mail alerts about library materials before they are due.  This free service is provided by a third party company.  Please review their privacy policy if you have any concerns.
NOTE:  Sign up each of your family members on a separate account.

Can I check out books from other  libraries besides the Sussex County Libraries?
Patrons may use their cards to check out books and in many cases A/V material from hundreds of libraries across northern New Jersey.  Click here for details.

When are materials considered late?

All Library materials must be returned or renewed on or before their due date.  Initial due dates are listed on receipts received at checkout.  You must call or visit the library to renew items on the day they are actually due.  Due dates extended through renewal may be found by accessing your Library account online or by phone or through new receipts issued for in-person checkout transactions.

Borrowing privileges are suspended for users who have $10.00 or more in fines or bills.

Where can I return Library materials?

The Library offers universal returns; circulating material can be returned to any Sussex County Library.  Likewise, pickup of holds and payment of fines and fees may take place at any Library location.  Just let the library know where you would like to pickup your holds.

The Library also offers a number of convenient book drops, many of which are available 24 hours.  In addition to the book drops in front of each library, there are book drops in Montague on Clove Road in front of the post office, and in Hopatcong inside the Municipal Building.

I think I have returned an item, but it's still attached to my record?

Patrons are responsible for any library materials borrowed on their card until they are checked in at a Sussex County Library location and cleared from their list of checked out items.  If you believe you have returned an item, you must call or visit The Library to claim it returned.  To expedite the process, it is strongly suggested that you visit the Library from which you borrowed the item and request staff check the shelves for it. 

If the item is not found, you will have until the end of The Library's billing cycle to locate it and return it before a replacement charge is applied to your record.  Until the item is found or replacement charges are paid, you will continue to receive overdue notices and the item will appear on your record with its status changed to that of Claimed Returned.  This status will also be applied in cases where an item appears on your record that you do not recall checking out and the same notice and billing cycle apply.  Each patron is allowed two Claimed Returned items.

Can I check out digital materials?

Cardholders have access to downloadable books, audiobooks, magazines and music through online resources and other digital collections.  For additional information, visit What We Offer.

Can I do research online?

The Sussex County Library offers access to many electronic databases on a variety of topics from the arts and humanities to science and genealogy, available both in the Library and at home.  Many of these databases include full-text articles, audio and video content, and resources in languages other than English.

Please note that many databases that can be accessed from outside the Library will still require you to enter your Library card number and PIN.  By default, your PIN is the last four digits of your phone number.