Services & Policies
Books may be
checked out for 28 days. New books may be
checked out for 14 days. CD-ROMs, Audio
Books, and CDs circulate for 14 days.?
Videos and DVDs may be borrowed for two business
Library Cards will be
issued daily between 9:00 am and 8:45 pm.
On Friday and Saturday, library cards will
be issued between 9:00 am and 4:45 pm at the
To receive a Bayonne
library card, you must show two current
forms of ID with your Bayonne address on
License or Non-Driver ID
AND one of the following :
Current phone bill, gas & electric bill, bank
statement or credit card bill.
Children must show their school ID, or birth certificate, or school report card.
will be issued to children in grades
Preschool - 8.
Young Adult cards
will be issued for high school aged patrons.
Both Children's and
Young Adult card applications must be signed
by a parent or guardian.
Children may not
borrow CDs or videos. Young Adults may not
Your first Bayonne
library card is free. Replacements for lost
cards are as follows :
$1 for the 1st replacement through the 4th
$5 for the 5th on
The Library offers a shut-in service for our homebound patrons.
Please call for the information at (201) 858-6970.
Deliveries and pick-ups are made once a month.
Bayonne resident card or golf ID card
Residential ID cards can be obtained at the
The Free Public Library and Cultural Center of the City of Bayonne makes
computers available to its residents to ensure members of the community
access to ideas and information.
Adult patrons may access the internet and Microsoft Office applications
(Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher and Access) on computers in the
Reference Room and the Arts & Music Room. Children under the age of 12 and
adults accompanying children under the age of 12 may access the internet
and Microsoft Office applications on computers in the Childrenís Room.
When the Childrenís Room is closed, or if all the computers in the
Childrenís Room are in use, children may use the computers in the
Reference Room and the Arts & Music Room.
Children must present their library cards to the librarian on duty before
using the Childrenís Room computers.
It is the policy of the Bayonne Public Library that all patrons must use
their own library cards in order to use the computers or to check out
items. Using another personís library card or library card number, with or
without their permission, is strictly prohibited. If any patron is found
using another personís library card, the privileges on that card will be
revoked. Any further action taken will be at the discretion of the
Residents are expected to bring their library cards with them when they
visit the library. If you are not a resident of the City of Bayonne, but
wish to use a computer in the Library, please present a valid photo ID
(driverís license, non-driver ID, passport, military ID, etc.) to the
librarian on duty. You will be logged into a computer as a guest.
The time limit for using the computers is 60 minutes per person, per day.
If you do not use all of your 60 minutes in one session, you will be able
to come back later in the day to use your remaining time. If you would
like to extend your computer session beyond your allotted 60 minutes,
please speak to the librarian on duty 10 minutes before your session
ends. If there are computers available for other users you may be
permitted extra time, in blocks of time no longer than 30 minutes. Extra
time is granted solely at the discretion of the librarian on duty.
All computer sessions accessed
through Juvenile or Young Adult library cards will be filtered for
potentially objectionable content. Adult users have the option, at the
start of their session, to choose either a filtered or an unfiltered
Printing is available and costs 15 cents per page.
You are responsible to pay for all pages printed from your computer during
your session. At this time, only black and white printing is available.
All library computers are shut down at 8:45, Monday through Thursday and
4:45, Friday and Saturday.
Responsibility of Library Staff and Users
Library staff will not monitor an individualís computer use, except for
length of use in order to ensure equal opportunity of access for everyone.
The user, or the guardian of the minor, is responsible for his or her
computer session at all times.
The Free Public Library of Bayonne reserves the right to terminate any
computer session that disturbs library services.
The Free Public Library of Bayonne is not responsible for the accuracy,
authoritativeness, timeliness or usefulness of information for a specific
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
PLEASE PLAN AHEAD WHEN REQUESTING MATERIALS.
The time taken for an ILL loan to arrive
depends on the difficulty of request, the
availability of the material, and the size
of the backlog in interlibrary loan. WE NEED
A MINIMUM OF TWO WEEKS TO SEARCH, PROCESS
AND RECEIVE EACH REQUEST.
An interlibrary loan is a
transaction in which library materials, or a copy of a material is made
available by one library to another upon request.
The purpose is to obtain
material that is NOT AVAILABLE in the Bayonne Public Library catalog and
to lend materials found in Bayonne Public Library that are not available
in other libraries.
- Requests are limited
to print materials, audio books, language tapes and CDís, and music
- Photocopied articles
from periodicals, which the Library does not own, may be obtained.
Photocopies will generally not be requested from libraries that charge
fees. If a patron indicates that they are willing to pay, effort will be
made to obtain the article. The patron is responsible for the cost and
must pay by money order made out to the lending library.
- The Bayonne Library
does not lend or borrow videos/DVDs.
- Most Libraries will
not lend the following materials: new items published within the last
twelve months; rare or valuable materials, including manuscripts;
microfiche; microfilm; reference items and materials from other
specialized collections, such as the New Jersey Room.
4. Loan Period
The lending library
determines the loan period. Lending libraries determine any conditions
regarding the use of their materials. Limitations such as ďNo Renewal?and
ďIn Library Use Only?will be honored by Bayonne Public Library. There are
no loan periods for articles.
ILL items may be renewed
ONCE for an additional period assuming there are no restrictions on
renewal imposed by the lending library. The patron must speak to the
person in the ILL department four days before the item is due back, in
order to do this.
6. Pickup and Return
All materials borrowed
through ILL must be picked up and returned at the main Bayonne Public
Library (31st St. and Ave. C) front desk only. DO NOT RETURN ILL
ITEMS IN THE BOOK DROP.
7. Privilege Abused
Interlibrary loan may be
suspended for those who abuse the privilege.
8. Who May Use the
The service is available
to adult card members in good standing who are residents of Bayonne. If
you do not meet this condition, please contact your home library.
- All interlibrary loans
must be requested through the person at the FRONT DESK OF THE MAIN
- Bayonne patrons must
submit ILL requests IN WRITING on forms supplied by the library.
Accurate personal information must be provided when making an ILL
request. This information must include your name, address, telephone
number, and most importantly, your library card number.
- A patron may borrow
three items at a time through ILL. Requests are limited to print
materials, audio books, language tapes and CDís, and music CDís.
- Patrons will be
notified when the requested materials arrive at the library by telephone
and/or postcard sent to the address listed on the ILL form. WE WILL HOLD
ILL MATERIAL FOR ONLY FIVE DAYS AFTER NOTIFICATION.
- The borrower is
responsible for picking up and returning materials on time to the main
library branch ONLY.
- The borrower is
responsible for lost or damaged materials. The patron will pay the bill
from the lending library by money order made out to the lending library.
- Patrons using the ILL
service agree to abide by this policy.
PLEASE DO NOT USE THE ILL FORM TO REQUEST
BOOKS THAT ARE LISTED IN OUR CATALOG. IF A BOOK IS LISTED IN OUR CATALOG
BUT IS NOT CURRENTLY ON THE SHELF, PLEASE FOLLOW OUR INSTRUCTIONS TO PLACE
A HOLD (RESERVE) ON THAT TITLE.
CURRENT BEST SELLERS THAT ARE NOT LISTED
IN OUR CATALOG AND BOOKS THAT ARE NOT YET PUBLISHED ARE NOT AVAILABLE
THROUGH INTERLIBRARY LOAN. PLEASE SPEAK TO A LIBRARIAN TO REQUEST THESE
The Bayonne Public Library provides unfiltered free wireless access for
all community members. Users can access Internet with laptops or other
wireless devices at all the times in most public areas of the library.
To access wireless Internet, you need a laptop or other device equipped
with a Wi-Fi compliant 802.11 b/g wireless card. You should connect your
computer to the Bayonne Public Library's wireless network named "BPL".
The "BPL" wireless network doesn't require a password to connect.
Please be advised that:
The Library cannot guarantee that you will be able to make a wireless
connection. Library staff is not able to offer technical assistance with
Printing is not available from the "BPL" wireless network. If you need
to print, save your data to a disk or flash drive, or email to yourself,
then login a wired computer to send print jobs to a network printer.
Please use your laptop's battery power.
The "BPL" wireless network is NOT secure. Unless you are connecting to a
web page that employs encryption (such as banks, stores, etc.), your
information is not protected. The library cannot ensure the privacy of
information you transfer over the wireless network.