Term of Library Cards
Library cards for Woodbridge Township residents are issued for a two-year period.
Valid Identification for Adult Cards
Valid identification in the form of a document that has reached a library card applicant by mail must be provided to the library before a card is issued. Examples of valid identification include a current:
- Driver’s license
- Voter registration card
- Recent rent receipt showing rental address
- Recent utility bill showing residence addresses
- Automobile registration
Post office box addresses and passports are not acceptable forms of identification.
Valid Identification for Adult Cards - Postcard Verification of Borrower Address
If a resident has insufficient identification for obtaining a library card, a library employee should use the process for postcard verification of the person’s address. The employee:
- Enters the library agency’s name on the postcard
- Instructs the patron to address the postcard to him- / herself, using the Woodbridge address he / she has provided to the library
- Informs the patron that his / her registration will be validated when the patron returns to the original agency with the postcard
- Issues the patron a card, entering the ADV (address verification) patron-type code into the patron record. The ADV code restricts patron borrowing to two (2) items, and the card expires in 28 days. Loaned items are at the discretion of the agency head, librarian in charge or the clerical supervisor.
- Changes the patron-type code from ADV to the appropriate designation when the patron returns the postcard, giving the patron normal borrowing privileges.
Valid Identification for Adult Cards Issued to Young Adults
A juvenile may be issued an adult card upon completion of the 7th grade or upon reaching his / her 14th birthday, whichever comes first. A student who applies for an adult card upon completion of 7th grade, but before school reopens in the fall, should be issued an adult card.
School identification, a report card, and class schedules are acceptable forms of identification.
Valid Identification for Adult Cards Issued to Patrons Not Yet in 8th Grade
The library issues an adult card to a child not yet in 8th grade if the child or child’s parent requests an adult card, and the child’s parent comes to the library and signs a permission form authorizing the adult card. [See form at end of policy.]
All juvenile card holders who wish to check out adult materials must be referred to a librarian for permission to do so.
Valid Identification for Juvenile Cards
No identification is required for obtaining a juvenile library card.
Nonresident, No Fee Required
These borrowers include those who are:
- Owners of property in the Township, but do not live in the Township (entitled to a 1-year card valid from the application date)
- Employed in permanent positions either by the Township or within it (entitled to a 1-year card valid from the application date)
- Literacy Volunteers of Middlesex County
Woodbridge Township teachers (see Circulation Policy 8 - Teacher Loans), whose cards are valid from the application date and expire on August 31st)
Woodbridge Township students (entitled to a card valid from the application date and expiring August 31st)
Middlesex Community College students
- Winter application: Expires December 31st
- Spring application: Expires May 31st
- Summer application: Expires August 31st
Nonresident, Fee Required
Borrowers who do not live, work, attend school or own property in Woodbridge Township are required to pay a current annual fee of $75 for a nonresident card. There is no discount for the card.
A nonresident card may be used by the cardholder’s immediate family members, who must have the card in their possession when borrowing materials.
Adult borrowers who are temporarily residing in Woodbridge Township may borrow two items at a time upon presenting proof of temporary residence (e.g., a valid driver’s license, payroll record, mail addressed to borrower). Cards are not issued to children who are temporary residents. There is no fee for a temporary borrower-type card, which expires after three months.
Registration - Nonresident Internet Use
Nonresidents may request a guest pass to use public Internet access computers.
A registered borrower must pay all fines owed and pay for all lost items before a new card is issued.
A borrower’s record may be cleared without payment of monies owed at the discretion of the agency head.
- < Approved - Board of Library Trustees - July 16, 2015 >
- < Revised - Board of Library Trustees - February 21, 2019 >