Borrowing From the Library
Your Library Card is your passport to more than 5 million items from BCCLS libraries. This includes bestsellers, fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, magazines, audiobooks, Music CDs, DVDs, video games and more. Choose from over 130,000 items in the Bergenfield collection, and/or you can request any item in the system to be shipped to Bergenfield for you.
How to Get a Bergenfield Library Card
A valid card must be shown to borrow materials. Cards are free to Bergenfield residents with proper identification (current driver's license with a Bergenfield address or 2 forms of secondary ID, phone/electric bill, lease, etc.) and may be used at all BCCLS libraries. Replacement cards are $5 (senior citizens: $1). You are responsible for items checked out on your card. Learn more or submit an online application for a Bergenfield Library card here.
14 DAYS for New Books, Periodicals, Music CDs and DVDs. 28 DAYS for Non-Fiction, Fiction, Large Print, Audiobooks and all ESL Materials. 2 DAYS for new DVDs. There is no charge for new/high demand DVDs. Reserves: All items except periodicals and new/high demand DVDs may be reserved. Library materials (excluding new/high demand DVDs) may be renewed unless on reserve for other patrons.
Loans from BCCLS Libraries
On 12/12/12, all BCCLS libraries were upgraded to a new catalog and reservation system, Polaris. Here are some important changes to borrowing library items. When picking up requested items from any BCCLS librrary, you will need to 1) Present your library card (items will no longer be checked out by the sending library; this means your loan time will be longer!) and 2) Make sure you present the same library card that was used to request your items. Staff will not be able to charge out your item to a different card. Items that are sent from other BCCLS Libraries are held for four days; if you do not pick up the item within four days, it is sent back to the sending library.
Returning Items to the Library
For your convenience, the Book Return Drop and Audio Visual Drop are open 24/7 for returning items. However, there is a fine for returning audio visual materials in the Book Return Drop ($2 per DVD and 50 cents per CD).
Fines & Lost Items
A fine of 25 cents per day, per item is charged for every library day the item is overdue: DVDs- $1 per day. Items not returned are in violation of Borough Ordinance #1059, and legal proceedings may be instituted. Restitution is required for all damage to, and loss of, library materials. Lost and Paid: Refunds will be made within 30 days of payment for the lost item less the $10 overdue fine.