A valid library card in good standing (non-expired, fines lower than $10) entitles the cardholder to borrow materials from any BCCLS member library, including shared BCCLS digital collections. Wallington cardholders are also entitled to borrow from Wallington’s digital and hotspot collections. A valid library card in good standing must be presented to borrow materials and is required to log into digital collection platforms.
All Wallington residents (ages five (5) and up) are eligible for a library card. The following requirements must be met in order to be issued a Wallington library card:
The patron must show valid proof of residency. Acceptable forms of identification include, but are not limited to, a valid New Jersey driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card issued by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, valid passport, current tax receipt, current utility bill, mortgage agreement, or lease agreement.
If the patron previously held a library card at another BCCLS member library, that card must be cleared of fines and in good standing before a Wallington card can be issued.
For children five (5) years of age and up, a parent or adult guardian (with valid proof of residence) must appear and sign for the child's card.
Library cards expire every three (3) years. Expired cards in good standing can be renewed in-person with confirmed proof of residency. There is no charge for card renewals. Lost library cards can be replaced at any time with valid proof of residency. There is a $3.00 replacement fee for lost cards.
LOAN PERIODS & RENEWALS
All items, both Wallington’s and those owned by other BCCLS libraries, are subject to the following loan periods:
Items Designated As New
Wallington items designated as “New” can be renewed one time, provided no other patrons are waiting for them. “New” items received from other libraries have one renewal on them, provided that no other patrons are waiting for them. All older items, both Wallington’s and those owned by other libraries, have two renewals on them, provided that no other patrons are waiting for them.
Items which have a renewal available will renew automatically three (3) days prior to the item’s due date for the full loan period the item is entitled to. If an item fulfills a hold for another patron it will not automatically renew. Patrons may call the Library to renew materials at any time. Patrons will need to provide their library card number when renewing items over the phone.
Overdue Wallington Items are subject to the following fine schedule:
Maximum Overdue Fee
There are no unified overdue fine schedules between BCCLS libraries. Items received from other libraries to fulfill patron holds are assessed overdue fines according to the fine schedules set by the owning libraries.
fEES fOR LOST OR DAMAGED ITEMS OWNED BY OTHER LIBRARIES
When a patron must pay for a lost or damaged item that belongs to another BCCLS library, the payment must be paid via a check made payable to the owning library. The item will be removed from the patron’s card and the check will be forwarded to the owning library. Wallington will not refund money paid for items owned by other libraries. If a patron cannot pay by check, it is also possible to pay for the lost or damaged item using a credit card by logging into the patron’s library card account on the BCCLS website. Patrons should contact the owning library to determine if the owning library is willing to accept a replacement item in lieu of payment.
fEES fOR LOST OR DAMAGED ITEMS OWNED BY WALLINGTON
If a patron has lost or damaged an item belonging to Wallington, the item must be paid for. At the discretion of the Director or the Supervising Library Assistant, the patron may replace the lost or damaged item with a new copy. At the patron’s request, the library will issue a receipt for the item that was paid for.
If a patron pays for a lost item, the payment will be held for thirty (30) days by the library. If the item is located before the thirty (30) day period has expired, the patron may return it to the library for a refund of their payment less the overdue fee amount accrued on the item. If the item is located after the thirty (30) day period has expired, the patron may keep the item as their own or they may return it to the library, however, they will not receive a refund.
Adopted by the Library Board of Trustees on March 18, 2021.