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Circulation Department

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Circulation Department web page!

We hope you find answers to your circulation questions below; please contact us with any additional inquiries.

Circulation Info

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In-Person Service

The Circulation Department is available for in-person service during all of the Library's regular service hours. We ask that you arrive at least 15 minutes before closing for all account based trasactions (cards, payments, etc.)

Curbside Service

The Plainfield Public Library is currently providing Curbside Service to provide access to physical materials.

Obtaining a Library Card

Plainfield Public Library cards are non transferable. Only the person whose name appears on the name/signature line of the library card application may use the library card. Unauthorized usage will result in the confiscation of the library card. The true owner will need to retrieve the card from the library with photo ID. Please contact the Circulation Desk for more information.

Library Card Eligibility
Our Library welcomes Plainfield residents and employees, literacy program volunteers, and members of reciprocal libraries to obtain a free Plainfield Public Library card. All Plainfield Public Library cards are valid for three (3) years from date of issue, with the exception of library cards obtained by members of non-reciprocal communities.

Plainfield Residents and Employees
Anyone who lives, works full-time, goes to school full-time, or owns property in Plainfield may obtain a library card; which can be used to check out materials, access online research databases, and use the public computers at the library.  Proof of any of the above will be satisfied by showing such documents as a driver’s license, utility bill, phone bill, pay stub, or an apartment lease. Children in elementary school must have the signature of a parent or legal guardian to obtain a card. Patrons that present ID with a PO Box will be required to show proof of their physical Plainfield address.

Replacement Cards

If you have lost your card please visit the Circulation Desk for assistance.

Reserving Materials

Plainfield Public Library card holders may reserve an item by:

  • Contacting the Reference Desk at 908-757-1111 x112 for Adult & Young Adult items and the Children's Desk at 908-757-1111 x129 for Juvenile materials.

  • placing the hold online through the online catalog
    (your library card number and PIN are required).

Items ready for pickup will be held at the Circulation Desk for seven (7) days. Once the items are ready, patrons can come to the Library to pickup their item or make an appointment for pickup with our Curbside Service.

Interlibrary Loan

If you are interested in borrowing an item that the Library doesn't currently own and is not available at any of the libraries in our system, please contact the Reference Department at 908-757-1111 x112 to request the item via JerseyCat, our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system. If the item is unavailable via ILL, please use the "Suggest a Purchase" section of our online catalog. The Library cannot purchase every title requested, but we do take your suggestions seriously.

Methods of Payment

The Library accepts cash, all major credit cards, and online payments via the SmartPay feature of the online catalog.

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Loan Periods
Adjusted due to COVID-19

Adult Books
28 days
AudioBooks
28 days
Children's Books
28 days
DVDs
14 days
Graphic Novels
28 days
Magazines
NOT CIRCULATING
Playaways 28 days
Textbooks
28 days
Young Adult Books
28 days

An item may be renewed up to 2 times if not on hold. Items with holds and DVDs are NOT eligible for renewal.
Items can be renewed at the Library, online,
or by calling 732-225-0932.

The bookdrop is open and all materials (regardless of format) may be returned in the bookdrop, or at the self-check machine at the Circulation Desk during regular library hours.

Item Limits

Adult card holders may have a total of 10 items checked out at one time. Juvenile card holders may have a total of 5 items checked out at one time.

Adult Books
up to card max
AudioBooks
up to 4 at one time
Children's Books
up to card max
DVDs
up to 4 at one time
Graphic Novels
up to card max
Magazines
NOT CIRCULATING
Bookpacks/Playaways up to 4 at one time
Textbooks
up to 4 at one time
Young Adult Books
up to card max

* Only Adult card holders may check out DVDs *

Current Overdue Fines
per item per day

Adult Books
$0.25
AudioBooks
$1.25
Children's Books
$0.15
DVDs
$1.25
Graphic Novels
$0.25
Magazines
$0.25
Bookpacks/Playaways $1.25
Textbooks
$0.25
Young Adult Books
$0.25

The maximum fine is $10.00 per item regardless of item type or patron type. These fines should be paid at the Circulation Desk.
Patrons who have $5.00 or more in fines/fees on their card will not be able to check out additional materials.

Please note -- These charges include Sundays and holidays. When the Library is closed, books may be returned via the Book Drop located near the entrance.

Online Access to Your Account

Please contact the Circulation Desk at 908-757-1111 x111 if you do not have your PIN code.

To access your library account through the catalog:

  1. On the Catalog Home Page, click "Log In" located in the top right corner of the page.

  2. Enter your Library Card number in the first box and your assigned PIN (this number can be changed upon logging in to the system) in the second box.

  3. You can now use your Library Card number and PIN to review your account, renew items, or to update your email address to be contacted about overdue materials or availability of reserved items.

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