The Rockaway Township Free Public Library extends a library card with full borrowing and reciprocal borrowing privileges within the Morris Automated Information Network (M.A.I.N.), the Morris County Library, and participating libraries and library consortiums in the Open Borrowing Program.
Full-service Cards – Any resident or property taxpayer in Rockaway Township can get a full-service library card at no charge. Proof of eligibility such as a driver’s license, current utility bill with name address, deed or lease, or similar form of identification and address is required at the time of registration. Full-service cards are good for three (3) years from the date it’s issued. Every three (3) years a full-service card must be renewed to ensure residency and accuracy of contact information. Full-service cards entitle the bearer of the library card to:
Directly borrow print and no-print materials from the Rockaway Township Free Public Library and MAIN Libraries.
Place reserves on materials held at the Rockaway Township Free Public Library.
Request interlibrary loan materials from participating M.A.I.N. Libraries, the Morris County Library, and through the statewide library catalog of JerseyCat.
Check Out Without Presenting A Library Card
The Rockaway Township Free Public Library issues a library card to eligible users, which entitles them to utilize all library services. This card is a positive form of identification and ensures the reliability, confidentiality, and integrity of a patron’s record. All patrons are required to present their card when checking out materials and when placing items on reserve.
In the event that the patron does not have his/her card in their immediate possession, he/she will be asked for an alternative form of identification, such as a driver’s license, work or school identification, or similar form of identification. A note will be placed on the patron’s record indicating non-presentation of library card, and the patron will be expected to bring his/her card on the next visit or purchase a replacement card for a cost of $2.00.
The Library Board of Trustees reserves the right to revoke borrowing privileges when those privileges have been abused by chronic non-return of library items, or damage to library materials, or continued non-conformity to library policies.
For a full copy of the Borrower – Library Card Policy, and to see the additional types of library cards we offer click here.
Registering for a Library Card
If you never had a library card in the MAIN system, you can get started by registering online. Then, visit our library with valid proof of residency in Rockaway Township to complete your registration.
If you have had a library card in MAIN (Morris County) or if you wish to register in person, please feel free to visit us at the library with valid proof of residency in Rockaway Township.
Valid proof of residency includes a current NJ driver’s license, a State of NJ issued identification card, a current utility bill / lease, a current tax statement or a current bank statement.
If you are unsure of your residency, you can search the Morris County Tax Records for your name or current address.
New books, audio books, music CDs, and magazines may be borrowed for two (2) weeks. New books are designated as new for approximately nine (9) months.
Circulating books not designated as “New” may be borrowed for twenty eight (28) days. New DVDs and BluRays may be borrowed for three (3) days. DVDs and BluRays not designated as new may be borrowed for one (1) week.
Loan periods and renewals for materials borrowed from other M.A.I.N. Libraries or materials borrowed through interlibrary loan are at the discussion of the owning library.
Books, audiobooks, magazines, DVDs and music CDs may be renewed provided the materials are not on hold due to a prior request from another patron. Renewable materials may be renewed twice in person or by phone, or from the “My Account” feature of the online M.A.I.N. Catalog, Video games may not be renewed.
Fines are charged for materials returned after the due date. A fine of $.10 per day is charged for overdue materials including books, audiobooks, and magazines. A fine of $1.00 per day is charged for overdue DVDs and video games.
Holds and Interlibrary Loans
Materials may be placed on hold in person, by phone or from the online M.A.I.N. catalog. Borrowers may request books and materials held in other libraries and institutions willing to lend. Patrons are notified by email or telephone when these items are available.
Materials may be dropped off at any library in Morris County, and will be returned to the owning library. Please note that if you borrowed materials through the out-of-county or out-of-state ILL program (ie. JerseyCat), you must return that item to the same library that issued your library card.
The library does not typically accept book, DVD, CD or magazine donations. Instead, we encourage you to make a monetary donation and become a member of the Friends of the Rockaway Township Library.
The Friends also collects books for the Annual Book Sale once a year. Signs will be posted around the library and on the website when the Friends are actively collecting books.
However, if you wish to donate materials published in the past year that our library does not own, please speak with a reference librarian for more information about our collection development policies. We are unable to accept antique books, reference books, encyclopedias, dictionaries, VHS tapes, cassette tapes or items in less than excellent condition.
Dedicate a New Book to RT Library
We invite you to dedicate a new adult or children’s book “In Memory of” or “In Honor of” a special person or occasion. Each gift will be recognized with a personalized bookplate in the new book. Bookplate design choices are on the back of the form. Once the library purchases and catalogs the book, you will receive a note acknowledging the donation and listing the title(s) dedicated. There is a $20 minimum donation required per new book dedication. Click here to download the book dedication form.
Computers are available for public use free of charge. Most configurations include a DVD/CD/RW drive and USB ports. Most computers have Internet access and access to a printer. There is also a dedicated scanning station that is free of charge.
Most, but not all, PCs offer Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, and Publisher. Different editions and programs (e.g., Word 2007 or Word 2013) may be available.
Please restart the computers to factory fresh condition before and after use to protect your privacy.
The library reserves the right to end a computer session for any reason.
The library offers free wireless service to the public. Wi-Fi is less secure than a wired network, and there is no wireless printing capability.
Facsimile / Fax
The library has a fax machine. Our fax # is 973-627-7658. Staff will assist the public in faxing documents.
Faxes may be received for 20¢ per page.
Sending a fax:
973, 862, 866, 877, 800, 888, (toll free) – 25¢
Rest of New Jersey – 50¢
Out of State – $1.00
Our fax machine cannot send or receive out of USA.
The library has one scanner available for free public use. Library staff will assist with scanning on request and/or provide instructions. Scanning is free of charge.
Photocopiers and Printing
Black & white copies or printing is 20¢ per page. Color copies or printing is 50¢ per page.