Your Library Card
If you live, go to school or work in Hamilton, you are entitled to a free library card. You may apply for a card by showing photo ID and proof of Hamilton residency. If you work in the Township, you must bring a pay stub or some other proof of employment. For more information, please follow the link and scroll to Chapter III of our Library Policies.
Use the Library from Home
We invite you to visit the Library at www.hamiltonnjpl.org from anywhere that you use the Internet. You can check the catalog, use the online databases, renew or request a book, ask a reference question or make a museum pass reservation.
The Library collection begins with books and magazines to read but it includes much more.
- Recorded books on CD
- Music CDs
- DVDs of feature films, TV shows, and nonfiction
- Close to 300 magazine subscriptions
Reserves and Renewals
If what you want is checked out, we can reserve it for you. You can also place reserves online through our website, or by phone. You can renew the items you have borrowed in person, by phone or online.
The Library has FREE passes to loan for eight area museums. This service is paid for by the Friends of the Hamilton Public Library.
Learn about and reserve a Museum Pass
Library Administration (see contact page)
The Library’s operating budget is funded by Hamilton residents from property tax revenues. According to state law, the Library receives 1/3 of a mill of township property tax revenues. This appropriation changes every year. Fiscal Year 2017 Library Budget
Gifts can be made to the Hamilton Free Public Library.
A donation to the Library is a fitting way to honor or remember an individual and to benefit the community.
Donations made to the Hamilton Public Library are tax-deductible. Save your receipt for tax purposes.
Library Board of Trustees
The Hamilton Board of Trustees is composed of nine members appointed by the Mayor.
The Library Board is responsible for hiring and evaluating the library director, planning for the Library’s future, formulating the policies that govern the internal operation and services of the Library and for reviewing those policies on a regular basis. It is the responsibility of the Board to secure adequate funds to carry out the Library’s mission and to formulate a budget.
Minutes from Board of Trustees Meeting
View library policies
View Strategic plan
The Library Board meets generally on the 4th Monday of the Month at 5 p.m. in the Director’s office. The meetings are open to the public. The Board operates in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act.
View 2018 Library Administrative Calendar as a pdf document
The members of the Board of Trustees are:
President: Jeffrey Balling
Vice President and Treasurer: Leonard Santamaria
Secretary: King Kovacs
Robert B. Atkin
School Superintendent’s Designee: Renee Rogers
Mayor’s Designee: Dave Kenny
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Friends of the Hamilton Public Library
The Friends of the Hamilton Public Library is a non-profit all-volunteer organization. Its mission is to promote and support the Library through fundraising, advocacy, and sponsoring quality programs and services in alignment with the objectives of the Hamilton Public Library
The Friends raise funds through their membership dues, book sales and special projects. The Friends provide funds for the children’s summer reading program and the museum passes and make special purchases of materials, services and equipment for the Library which are not possible within the Library’s annual operating budget.
The Friends can be reached through their website or by calling 609-581-4060, Extension 4023.
The Library has four meeting rooms that are available free of charge to Hamilton Township nonprofit organizations. There is a charge of $40/hour for private rentals and a $30 charge for bringing in food or beverages to the rooms. They fit between 25 and 200 people. Please contact Sue Martinez for further information or view the meeting room reservation page.
In addition to normal Library functions, we offer the following services:
- Photocopier with dollar bill changer
- Fax machine for incoming and outgoing messages, $1.00/page
- Credit card acceptance for payment of faxes and fines (over $5.00)
- Notary public ($2.50 per document. Please call ahead or email to make sure the Notary is available)
- Interlibrary loan
- Scanning available at $1.00 per page