About the Library: Borrowing
The Moorestown Library welcomes new residents and others who would like to apply for a library card. Just bring the proper I.D. to our circulation desk, complete a quick form... and you'll be able to check out books the same day!
You are entitled to a free card if you
Live in Moorestown, own property or business in Moorestown, work in Moorestown, or go to school in Moorestown.
How do I get a library card?
All individuals must present Photo ID and proof of current address. The following types of identification are accepted:
- Current driver's license
- Current tax bill, tax statement, or lease
- Current gas, electric or water bill (Cell phone bills are not accepted as proof of residence.)
Please read below for additional requirements and information on specific types of cards available.
Residents of Moorestown are eligible for a three-year library card and adult residents may also request cards for dependent members of their household. At 17 years of age, a person may apply for an adult library card.
Adults with cards that are not in good standing may not register dependents for library cards until all outstanding accounts have been cleared.
Non-resident Property Owners
Individuals who own property in Moorestown, but do not live in Moorestown, are eligible for a one-year library card. In addition to proof of current address as described above, non-resident property owners must present a current, dated Moorestown tax bill.
Moorestown Business Owners and Employees
Owners and employees of businesses in Moorestown are eligible for a one-year library card. In addition to proof of current address as described above, Moorestown business owners must present a current tax bill or lease to prove ownership of a Moorestown business. Employees must present a current pay stub or proof of employment on company letterhead.
Non-Resident Moorestown students
Non-resident school students in Moorestown (public, private, and nursery school) are eligible for a one year courtesy card. In addition to proof of current address as described above, non-resident students must present a tuition bill or report card from the current calendar year or current school ID.
Purchasing a non-resident card
If you do not meet any of the above criteria you can still get a library card. Non-resident library cards are available for $50 per year. If you do not live in Moorestown and are only interested in using the internet, you can purchase an Internet-only library card for $15 for six months or $25 for one year. Just bring in identification with your current address.
How long may I keep the items I want to check out?
Borrowing periods vary for different materials:
- 7 days: Magazines (except current issues and bound volumes), circulating encyclopedias, children's holiday collection, videos and DVD's
- 14 days: New books, children's audios, music CD's
- 21 days: Interlibrary loan items
- 28 days: Books (except new and reference), adult audio books, unabridged audio circuit
- Library use only: Current and bound periodicals, reference books, special collections materials
How much are overdue charges?
- Adult and children's books, audiobooks, magazines, videos and music - 20¢ per day
- Interlibrary loan - $1 per day
Maximum fines are $5 on children's and adult materials and $10 interlibrary loan items. After 28 days overdue, a bill will be sent for the cost of the item. Library privileges will be suspended when the amount of a delinquent account (including the value of overdue materials and accumulated fines) reaches $10. Parents and/or legal guardians are responsible for all charges on their children's (under age 17) cards. Parents'/guardians' cards may not be issued or renewed until all dependent children's accounts are no longer deinquent. If a parent requests to obtain or renew a child's Library card, that parent's card (if they have one) must be in good standing. The total amount of fines and charges on any account must be under $10 before borrowing privileges can be reinstated or the library card renewed. There is a replacement fee for lost, long overdue, or severely damaged materials.
Flash Scan is the "self check-out" system at the Moorestown Library. All adult and children's' books, music CD's that are part of the Library's permanent collection and all audio books are able to be used on the Flash Scan system. Our DVD and VHS collections, magazines and our rotating audio book and music CD collections must be taken to the Circulation Desk for check out by our staff.