Get a Library Card

Who is eligible for a Sussex County Library System card?

For a free 2-year card valid in all libraries in the Sussex County Library System
Residents of Sussex County (except Sparta)
Sussex County property owners including summer resident property owners (except Sparta)

For a free 1-year card valid in all libraries in the Sussex County Library System
Non-resident individuals who work or go to school in Sussex County (except Sparta).  This includes adults who attend SCCC.

Institutions in Sussex County (except Sparta), defined as an organization that takes care of people for a long or short period of time and can act on behalf of the individual residents, and/or an organization founded for a specific purpose such as a school.  This includes preschool, nursery, elementary, middle, and high schools, group homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, halfway houses, homeless shelters (e.g. Family Promise).   Government agencies and churches do not qualify for an institutional card.

Free Temporary/Seasonal card valid in all libraries in the Sussex County Library System; issued for a month at a time to applicants who will reside temporarily in the County for a minimum of one month, and only during the time period that the applicant will be in the County.  Examples include:

  • Campground residents of Sussex County (except Sparta)
  • Seasonal renters in Sussex County (except Sparta)
  • Caregivers for a Sussex County resident (except Sparta)
  • Temporary workers for a company or volunteers for a nonprofit in Sussex County (except Sparta)
  • Halfway house residents (except Sparta)

A paid card ($50 annual fee) valid in all libraries in the Sussex County Library System
offers full privileges, as opposed to more limited Open Borrowing privileges, to an individual (not a family) and is valid in all libraries in the Sussex County Library System.     Examples are:

  • Sparta residents
  • Residents of other counties or states

NJ Hometown card with Open Borrowing sticker:
1-year card—may borrow what is currently on the shelf and use materials in the library, but cannot access databases remotely and cannot place holds.   Included are:

  • Sparta residents
  • Hackettstown residents
  • Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS) patrons
  • Morris Automated Information Network (M.A.I.N.) patrons
  • PALS Plus (Passaic County) patrons
  • Warren County Library patrons

Here is a complete list of libraries participating in Open Borrowing.
  
How do I obtain a library card?

Print out and complete the application [word format or pdf format].  You can also apply for a card online, but you will still need to come into the library within 30 days to verify identity and residence.  To obtain your card:

IDENTIFICATION FOR 2-YEAR CARDS:

Adult residents and Sussex County property owners, including summer resident property owners must have current identification with a Sussex County street address.  Types of acceptable identification are: driver’s license or registration, mail received at street address, tax records, utility bill with location of service and/or rent receipt.  Post Office Boxes are not acceptable proof.

Children must be 3 years old to have their own card.  A custodial parent or legal guardian must be present at the time the child applies for the card (except for school visits, for which forms are sent home ahead of time to be completed and signed by the custodial parent or legal guardian) and complete a Parent Signature Form.   Parents may apply for a card on behalf of a child under 13 if the child is not present, but should be encouraged to return with the child.

A child who comes to the library with a regular caregiver other than his/her custodial parent or legal guardian (e.g., grandparent, nanny, etc.) may fill out an application and a borrower record without a barcode will be created for him/her with an expiration date of the next day.  The child will be allowed to check out one item only on the day he/she applies for the card.  No additional materials may be borrowed until the child’s custodial parent or legal guardian has filled out and returned the Sussex County Library parent Signature Form, and an original or photocopy of the custodial parent/legal guardian’s ID with street address is provided (see criteria for acceptable proof of address under Adult Residents section above).

Students aged 13 and up should register for their own card whether or not the custodial parent or legal guardian already has a library card.  Students who apply for a card without a custodial parent or legal guardian present must present their own i.d.  A current school ID, a letter from the school stipulating the enrollment period, or a report card is acceptable proof if these show a street address.  If these forms of ID do not have a street address, a borrower record can be set up without a barcode and with an expiration date of the next day.  The student may check out one item only on the day he/she applies for the card.   No additional materials may be borrowed until proof of street address is provided.  A piece of mail addressed to the custodial parent or legal guardian at the street address may be used as proof of street address.

IDENTIFICATION FOR ONE-YEAR CARDS:

Non-resident individuals who work in Sussex County must have acceptable current employment ID indicating their name, employer, and employer’s address, as well as current identification with their residential street address. A paystub with the worker’s name or a letter verifying employment on company letterhead signed by the immediate supervisor and including the supervisor’s name and title qualify as acceptable identification.  Post Office Boxes are not acceptable proof.  Acceptable ID must be presented each year in order to renew the card.

Non-resident individuals who go to school in Sussex County must present a school ID or a letter from the school stipulating the enrollment period, as well as current identification with their residential street address. Acceptable ID must be presented each year in order to renew the card.

Institutions must provide a letter each year on company letterhead signed by the individual who will accept responsibility for materials borrowed on the card, including payment for lost or damaged items, and listing authorized users of the card.   The responsible individual must provide his/her work email address and telephone number.  Please us one of these applications [word format or pdf format].

IDENTIFICATION FOR TEMPORARY/SEASONAL CARDS:

Campground residents and Summer residents who rent property in Sussex County, and caregivers for a Sussex County resident must show current ID with local address AND proof of permanent address before card is issued or renewed.  Mail received at local physical address and rent receipts are acceptable forms of ID for the local address.  Both a local and a permanent address must be recorded on the registration form, Post office boxes are not acceptable proof. 

Temporary worker for a company in Sussex County or volunteers for a non-profit organization in Sussex County must show current ID with local address AND proof of permanent address before card is issued or renewed.  Mail received at local physical address and rent receipts are acceptable forms of ID for the local address.  A letter verifying employment or volunteer status on company letterhead signed by the immediate supervisor and including the supervisor’s name and title qualify as acceptable identification.  Post Office Boxes are not acceptable proof.