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Long Hill Township Residents

Long Hill Township residents and property-owners are entitled to a library card. Just bring in a document, such as a valid driver’s license, utility bill or tax receipt with your name and address to get your card.

Children living in the Township and entering kindergarten are eligible for a library card. In addition, any child attending school in the Township is eligible for a student card. We love kids!

Your library card is good at all libraries in the MAIN Consortium (MAIN-Morris Automated Information Network), Open Borrowing libraries and MUF (Morris Union Federation) libraries. Long Hill Township residents can borrow materials from the MUF libraries of Berkeley Heights, New Providence, and Summit. Just present your Long Hill Library card at any of these libraries and check on out!

My Account

You can manage your library account online through the catalog! You can see what items you have checked out and when they are due, renew items, see what you have on hold and remove holds you no longer want. To access your Patron Account, go to our Library Catalog, choose Patron Account and log on with your library card number and PIN. Forgot your PIN? We can reset it for you. Call or stop by. (Tip: The PIN is often the last 4 digits of your phone number.)

Do you prefer email or text message notifications for due dates, items coming due, overdue items and materials on hold? Sign-up for email notification! Stop by the front desk next time you’re in and we can update your account. Or update your account online.

Holds

Holds may be placed on most materials. To place a hold:

  1. search our Library Catalog
  2. locate the title you want
  3. click on Place Request. You’ll be prompted for your library card number and PIN

When your holds are ready for pick-up, we will notify you via phone or email (whichever you selected). Items will be held for you for 5 days before being sent back.

If you’d like to request materials that are not in the catalog you can request an Interlibrary Loan.

InterLibrary Loan

Items that are not found in our catalog may be ordered through our Interlibrary Loan Department. We will search all libraries in New Jersey to try and locate a title for you.  Please ask at Adult Services if you would like to request an Interlibrary Loan.

Prefer to search on your own? You can also search all NJ Libraries and place your own request through Jersey Cat. JerseyCat provides access to the catalogs of all participating NJ Libraries.

Loan Periods & Fines

Loan Periods for Long Hill Library materials:

  • Fiction & Non-Fiction Books: 28 days
  • New Fiction & Non-Fiction Books: 14 days
  • AudioBooks (includes CD, Playaway, MP3): 14 days
  • Fiction DVD’s: 7 days
  • Museum Passes: 3 days
  • Non-Fiction DVD’s & Videos: 14 days
  • Video Games: 14 days
  • Magazines: 14 days

Note: Other libraries may have different loan periods. Please check your receipt.

Auto Renewal
Our library and the other MAIN libraries have the convenience of Auto-Renewal. This means that items you have checked out currently and in the future will automatically renew if they are eligible.

Fines

The Long Hill Township Library is currently fine-free for items that WE OWN. Other libraries in our Consortium may still charge fines. If you borrow an item that is owned by a library that charges fines, and you return the item late, you will incur a fine.

Renewing Your Items

Auto Renewal
Our library and the other MAIN libraries have the convenience of Auto-Renewal. This means that items you have checked out currently and in the future will automatically renew if they are eligible.

Which kinds of items automatically renew?

Most physical items checked out from a library that already allow at least one renewal may be eligible for auto-renewal(s). Digital materials like eBooks are not auto-renewed.

Which conditions prevent items from being automatically renewed?

• Materials that are never allowed to renew
• Items that have reached their renewal limit
• Items with a hold or outstanding request
• Digital items, such as eBooks
• Interlibrary Loan (ILL) items from libraries not part of MAIN
• Accounts with fines and fees that exceed $10

What happens to items not eligible for auto-renewal?

They keep their original due date.

Do I need to sign up for auto-renewal?

No. All patrons, present and future, will have their eligible items automatically renewed.

What if I don’t want my items automatically renewed – can I opt out?

No. There is no way to opt out of this system-wide feature. If you don’t want to keep your items past the original due date, you can just return them as you usually would.

Additionally

Materials may be renewed by phone, in person, or by accessing your Patron Account. Go to our Library Catalog, choose Patron Account and log on with your library card number and pin.

  • Circulating materials can be renewed provided they are not on hold for another Patron and you have not reached the renewal limit.
  • Items may be renewed by phone (908-647-2088) or via the Internet through the Library’s online catalog.

Computers & Technology

Due to our Covid safety guidelines, the public computers are currently unavailable.

Display Cases

The Library has three display cases that may be reserved by members of the Long Hill community to display collectibles, artwork and other objects of interest. If you wish to reserve one or more of our display cases, stop by the front desk the next time you are in the library. Due to the popularity of the display cases, it may be several months before an opening is available, so it’s best to reserve your spot as early as possible.

Note: A display case is also available in the Children’s Room for kids to display their treasures. Sign up for this display @ the Children’s Desk.

Meeting Rooms

Due to our Covid safety guidelines, the Meeting Rooms are currently unavailable.

Policies

Ukuleles


Borrowing a Ukulele

  • Ukuleles may be checked out for 28 days, with two possible renewals.
  • Borrowers are responsible for all contents: ukulele, box, and booklet.
  • Try Youtube for free lessons!

Learning to Play

Returning a Ukulele

  • Return ukuleles to the Long Hill Township Library.
  • Return ukuleles inside the Library. Please do not use the book drop.
  • Ukulele must be returned in its box.
  • Replacement costs: $50 for ukulele.

Print & Pick Up

Print from home with your smartphone, tablet or computer and pick up at the library!

Via e-mail: To print an email message or attachment, simply forward your email to one of the following.

For a black & white print-out:

  • lht-bw@printspots.com

For a color print-out:

  • lht-color@printspots.com

Stop at the Front Desk when you get to the library to pay for and pick up your print-out.


Prefer using an app? Download the PrinterOn app from your app store.

  • Install the PrinterOn App on your mobile device or tablet.
  • Open the PrinterOn App.
  • Click No printer selected.
  • Click Search. Search for Long Hill Township Library
  • Click on the printer you wish to send your job to – Black and White or Color.

To print a document:

  • When viewing the document, click in the upper right corner and upload the document to the PrinterOn App.

To print a photo from your phone:

  • Open the app, click on “photo” and select a photo to print.

 

 

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