How Do I?

Check out items

Bring your items to the Circulation Desk, along with your library card or valid photo ID.

Donate books

Donations may be dropped at the back door on the left side of the building (as you’re facing it) or brought inside to the Circulation desk. You can get a receipt at the Circulation Desk.

How long can I keep an item

Books-Hardcover and Paperback
Loan Period: 28 days
Late Fee: $0.20 per day
Maximum Late Fee per item: $10.00
Maximum Items Charged to a Card: N/A
New Books
Loan Period: 14 days
Late Fee: $0.20 per day
Maximum Late Fee per item: $10.00
Maximum Items Charged to a Card: N/A
Music CDs
Loan Period: 14 days
Late Fee: $0.20 per day
Maximum Late Fee per item: $10.00
Maximum Items Charged to a Card: 4
DVD, VHS
Loan Period: 7 days
Late Fee: $1.00 per day
Maximum Late Fee per item: $20.00
Maximum Items Charged to a Card: 5
New DVD
Loan Period: 3 days
Late Fee: $1.00 per day
Maximum Late Fee per item: $20.00
Maximum Items Charged to a Card: 3
Magazines-back issues
Loan Period: 7 days
Late Fee: $0.20 per day
Maximum Late Fee per item: $3.00
Maximum Items Charged to a Card: 4

Log into my account

Go to our website and click on “Catalog”.
On the far right of the page is “My Account” Your user id is your library card number found on the back of your card. Pin is last name in Upper. case You may change your pin to anything you want.

Pay a fine

You can pay a fine at the circulation desk in cash or credit card (over $5.00).

Renew an item

You may renew an item either by phone (609-581-4060, ext. 4001) or online after accessing your account through our catalog or in person at the circulation desk.

Replace a lost card

You may replace a lost card by coming to the circulation desk, showing ID and paying a $1.00 replacement fee.

Reserve an item

You may reserve an item by calling 609-581-4060, ext. 4018 or online after accessing your account through our catalog.

Return items

You may either return your items 24/7 in either one of the 2 book boxes in front of the Library or drop them off at the Circulation Desk during normal library hours.

Suggest a purchase

You may suggest a purchase in person at the Reference Desk, by calling 609-581-4060, ext. 4018, online through your account or by emailing adultreference@hamiltonnjpl.org

Update an expired card

Bring a current ID to the Circulation Desk and your card can be updated. Cards expire after 3 years, whether they are used in that time period or not.

Use a computer

You may sign into any computer that says “available” with your valid library card number, which appears on the back of your card. Nonresidents may obtain a free guest pass for computer use at the reference desk.

Use WIFI

The entire library is WIFI accessible. You do not need a password.