LIBRARY POLICIES

The library now requires that your photo be included in your library record. If you wish to check out library materials or use the library's computers, you must have have your South Plainfield Public Library card with you, and your photo ID on record. See Computer Use & Internet Access Policy for more details on using the library's computers.

Library Cards

The Smartest Card - Get it, Use it at Your Library

PLEASE REPORT A LOST OR STOLEN CARD IMMEDIATELY!

  1. You are eligible for a library card free of charge if you live in South Plainfield. With the resident's card, you can borrow all types of library materials and use the library's computers free of charge. See Computer Use & Internet Access Policy for more details on using the library's computers.
  2. A resident's card must be renewed every three years.
  3. If you do not live in South Plainfield, you may apply for a one-year non-resident's library card free of charge. With this card, you can borrow all types of library materials and use the library's computers.
  4. Valid proof of address must be presented when obtaining or renewing a library card (resident or non-resident).
  5. There is no minimum age to apply for a library card. Signature of a parent or guardian is required when applying for a juvenile library card.
  6. Borrowing agreements with other local libraries allow residents of South Plainfield to borrow at nearby libraries.
  7. Some of our resources, such as databases, audiobook & eBook downloads, and interlibrary loans, require a South Plainfield Library barcode.
  8. There is a $2.00 replacement fee for a lost library card. Please report a lost or stolen card immediately.
  9. Key chain cards are available. If you would like to exchange your standard library card for a key chain card, there is a fee of $.50.

Examples of acceptable identification:

Name Verification

Address Verification


Circulation Chart

Library materials may be checked out as follows:
(Click on an underlined heading in the chart below for more information on renewals, holds, and fines policies)

ITEM TYPE LOAN PERIOD CHECKOUT LIMITS NUMBER OF RENEWALS PERMITTED* HOLDS PERMITTED?
($.50 charge per item)
OVERDUE FINES
(per day)
New books 14 days No limit 2* Yes $.10
Books (not new) 28 days No limit, unless needed for school assignments 2* Yes $.10
Magazines (Back issues only. Current issue may not be checked out.) 14 days No limit. 2* Yes $.10
Audiobooks (on tape, CD or Playaway) 14 days 4 titles per library card 2* Yes $.25
Music CDs 14 days No limit 2* Yes $.25
CD-ROMs 14 days No limit 2* Yes $.25
Older DVDs 7 days 8 DVD titles per library card 2* Yes $2.00
New DVDs 2 days (Included in total 8 title limit for DVDs, above) 1* No $2.00
VHS Videocassettes 7 days No limit 2* Yes $2.00
Playaway View portable videos 7 days 2 titles per library card 1* Yes $2.00
Video Games (Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii) 7 days 4 titles per library card 1* Yes $2.00
  1. BOOKS - NEW
    • 14 day loan period
    • No limit on how many you may check out at once
    • Max. renewals: 2*
    • Holds permitted ($.50 charge per item)
    • $.10 fine/day
  2. BOOKS - NOT NEW
    • 28 day loan period
    • No limit on how many you may check out at once (unless needed for school assignments)
    • Max. renewals: 2*
    • Holds permitted ($.50 charge per item)
    • $.10 fine/day
  3. MAGAZINES (Back issues only. Current issue may not be checked out.)
    • 14 day loan period
    • No limit on how many you may check out at once.
    • Max. renewals: 2*
    • Holds permitted ($.50 charge per item)
    • $.10 fine/day
  4. AUDIOBOOKS (on tape, CD or Playaway)
    • 14 day loan period
    • Checkout limit: 4 titles per library card
    • Max. renewals: 2*
    • Holds permitted ($.50 charge per item)
    • $.25 fine/day
  5. MUSIC CDs
    • 14 day loan period
    • No limit on how many you may check out at once
    • Max. renewals: 2*
    • Holds permitted ($.50 charge per item)
    • $.25 fine/day
  6. CD-ROMs
    • 14 day loan period
    • No limit on how many you may check out at once
    • Max. renewals: 2*
    • Holds permitted ($.50 charge per item)
    • $.25 fine/day
  7. OLDER DVDs
    • 7 day loan period
    • Checkout limit: 8 DVD titles per library card
    • Max. renewals: 2*
    • Holds permitted ($.50 charge per item)
    • $2.00 fine/day
  8. NEW DVDs
    • 2 day loan period
    • (Included in total 8 title limit for DVDs, above)
    • Max. renewals: 1*
    • No holds
    • $2.00 fine/day
  9. VHS VIDEOCASSETTES
    • 7 day loan period
    • No limit on how many you may check out at once
    • Max. renewals: 2*
    • Holds permitted ($.50 charge per item)
    • $2.00 fine/day
  10. PLAYAWAY VIEW PORTABLE VIDEOS
    • 7 day loan period
    • Checkout limit: 2 titles per library card
    • Max. renewals: 1*
    • Holds permitted ($.50 charge per item)
    • $2.00 fine/day
  11. VIDEO GAMES (Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii)
    • 7 day loan period
    • Checkout limit: 4 titles per library card
    • Max. renewals: 1*
    • Holds permitted ($.50 charge per item)
    • $2.00 fine/day

*If another patron has placed a hold on an item you have checked out, you cannot renew it.
For more information on renewal policies and procedures, see the Renewals page.


Holds (Reserves)


Fines


Interlibrary Loans


Other Charges


AV (Audio & Video) Policies


COLLECTION AGENCY

The South Plainfield Public Library has contracted with a collection agency, Unique Management Services, Inc., to help us collect unpaid fines and recover unreturned books, videos, cds, dvds, and other materials, because:

A service charge of $15.00 will be added to the balance owed. Please help us to serve all library patrons by returning overdue materials today.


CELL PHONES

If you need to use your cell phone while at the library, please be considerate of other library users: