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policies

Library Cards

Those who wish to register for a library card may do so at the Main Circulation Desk. Applicants must be ages 5 AND in Kindergarten, or older. Children must be present to receive a card. A parental or legal guardian signature is required for anyone aged 17 and under.

Who Can Get a Card

Anyone who lives, works, attends school, or owns property in Monroe Township may apply for free library card. Non-resident cards are issued for $25.00 per person, per year to those who do not fall into the above categories.

Library Cardholder Responsibilities

  • You must present your library card when checking out materials.
  • You are responsible for all materials borrowed on your library card.
  • You cannot use your card (the card will be blocked) if you have any overdue materials or fines over $10.
  • Cards are not transferrable.
  • Family members should use their own cards when checking out.
  • Lost cards are replaced for a fee - please see the Main Circulation Desk for details.
  • Always receive and ask for a receipt at check-out or when paying a fine. Do not discard this receipt until you are sure that your borrowing record is clear. Our computer records will be considered correct unless you have a receipt to show otherwise.

Renewing Items

As long as there is no reserve or hold on an item and it is not overdue, telephone renewals are accepted during regular Library operating hours. You may also renew items online by Clicking Here.

Movies in the regular collection are good for 2 weeks, just like a book. New movies (located on the shelf as soon as you enter the library) are good for $1 per night, 3 movies max.

Please speak directly to a staff member (1-856-629-1212 ext. 210 or 211) to renew your item(s).

Most renewals are for a two-week period.

Additional Policies

While we don’t put a limit on how many items you can check out at a time, the Library does ask that you only check out 4 items per subject at a time so other patrons have the ability to access similar information.

No food or drink is permitted inside the library, but patrons may eat and drink in the cafe. Vending machines are provided.

Children under the age of 12 years MUST be accompanied by an adult (18+ years) at all times.

There is no cell phone use in the library. Please have your phone conversations in the main entrance lobby or in our garden.

The library is happy to receive your book donations, but please be aware of our book Donation Policy.

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facilities

For a smaller study room contact the Reference Desk as 856-629-1212 x206. For a larger conference room please contact Karen Uhl at 856-629-1212 x203. She will provide you with a detailed room use policy that will need to be signed and returned with the deposit, a Certificate of Insurance and either a business card or company letterhead.

Meeting Rooms

Monroe Township Public Library Meeting Rooms

Meeting Room A and Meeting Room B can be used separately or together.

Both Meeting Rooms can hold 266 people standing, 190 people with just chairs and 89 people with chairs and tables (as per the fire code).

The rooms are equipped with the following:

  • Tables and chairs that can be configured to fit your needs.
  • A PC attached to a large screen projector.
  • A wireless microphone.
  • PowerPoint remote/laser pointer.
  • Kitchen with microwave, coffee maker and refrigerator.

Meeting Room C, our newest meeeting room, is equiped with a stage. Meeting Room C also has an enterance from the Marsha Avenue parking lot. At this time there is no sound system or projection system in this meeting room.

The rooms can only be used during regular library hours. Users are responsible for setting the room up and returning it to its original condition. Users must bring their own coffee, plates, cups and other supplies. There is a cleaning charge if the room is not left properly.

Please note that there is a fee to use these rooms. Half of the fee is due at the time of scheduling a room, with the remaining balance due at the end of the event.

If you are interested in using one or both of the Meeting Rooms, please contact Karen Uhl at 856-629-1212 ext 203. She will provide you with a detailed room use policy that will need to be signed and returned with the deposit, a Certificate of Insurance and either a business card or company letterhead.

Study/Tutor Rooms

Monroe Township Public Library Study Rooms

The library has four study/tutor rooms available for public use during regular library hours. Each room is equipped with WiFi access, table, chairs and electrical outlets. Rooms must be reserved in advance in accordance with the following policy:

  • All teaching/tutoring must take place in one of the Library's Study/Tutor Rooms.
  • The use of Study/Tutor Rooms is free of charge and no fees of any kind may be collected by an instructor.
  • All persons using a Study Room must sign a Study Room Agreement.
  • Study Rooms may be used for a maximum of two hours per day.
  • Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Study rooms may be reserved in advance by speaking to the Librarian at the Reference Desk or by calling 856-629-1212 ext 206.

Public Internet Computers

Monroe Township Public Library public-acces intenet computers

Your library has a total of 28 public web computers. All library patrons with an active and valid library card are given access to these computers. Non-Members can join the library or purchase a guest pass at the Circulation Desk.

Technology Lab

Monroe Township Public Library Technology Lab

Our Technology Lab features 18 Windows computers and a presenter PC connected to a projector. The projector screen also acts as a dry erase board. This room is great for lectures on technology, demonstrations of online products or software and other computer classroom activities.

Please call 856-629-1212 ext 208 or email monroelibinfo@gmail.com to schedule the use of this room.

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amenities

Children's Story Room

Monroe Township Public Library Children's Story Room

Our Story Room is a spacious room where kids can listen to stories, watch cartoons and do crafts. It has its own sink for washing hands, storage cabinets for storage of craft materials and a door to the outdoor children's courtyard. Best of all, a flick of a switch lights up a ceiling full of stars!

The Story Room is NOT open for public.

Click for Story Time Schedule

Library Store

Monroe Township Public Library store

The library store sells used books for fifty cents or a dollar.

We also have Library bags, bookmarks, travel mugs and more!

Garden

Monroe Township Public Library Garden

Our garden is a beautifully landscaped haven for our patrons to escape and enjoy a good book. The garden has a screened gazebo with chairs, picnic table and benches.

Fireplace

The library features a large collection of periodicals and magazines that we invite you to browse while enjoying the relaxing fireplace.

Monroe Township Public Library Fireplace

Cafe

Monroe Township Public Library Cafe

The library cafe is a place to sit with your laptop or book and enjoy a cup of coffee or snack. It features a sink, tables and chairs and vending machines.

WiFi access is available.

-Please note that food and drink are not permitted inside the main library.

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board & minutes

Library Board

(5 Year Term) Mayor Appointments Advice and Consent of Council

(N.J.S.A. 40:54-9 et.al.)

Apply for Membership

BOARD MEMBERS

President

Suzanne King

Term Expires: 12/31/22

Vice-President

Joan Betterly

Term Expires: 12/31/21

Treasurer

Joyce Samoyan

Term Expires: 12/31/23

Member

Jennifer Brenner

Term Expires: 12/31/20

Member

John Pohler Jr.

Term Expires: 12/31/24

PROXY MEMBERS FOR SCHOOL SUPT. AND MAYOR

Superintendent of School Proxy

Janet Mead

School Board Proxy

Barbara Chamberlain

Mayor's Proxy

Jeanne Kirsch

Council Liaison

Cncl. Ron Garbowski

Clerk Transcriber

Karen Uhl

LIBRARY BOARD MEETS: 3rd WEDNESDAY 7:00PM

MONROE TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY, CONFERENCE ROOM

Board Meeting Minutes(posted after the review/approval of the Library Board)

OPRA Request Form

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friends of the Library

We are a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides supplemental funding for programs and special needs of the library not included in the budget. We promote the library as a center for education, cultural enrichment and entertainment in the community as well as recruiting and developing volunteers to serve with us as ambassadors of the library.

WHO WE ARE

Members of the Friends of the Library are local residents and businesses who like you, recognize all that the Monroe Township Public Library has to offer our community and want to support it.

HOW WE FUNDRAISE

  • Memberships
  • Craft and Holiday Fairs
  • Books Sales
  • Donations

HOW FUNDS ARE USED

  • Children’s Educational Crafts
  • Children’s Science equipment
  • Refreshments for library programs and events
  • Provide money for needed library materials that are not in the budget
  • Supplies for Friends Store
  • Author talks
  • Events for the enjoyment of the community

HOW YOU CAN HELP?

Buy books and other media - whether you’re looking for a good book or a gift, we offer quality best sellers, non-fiction, and children’s books at bargain prices.

Volunteer and join us in helping with various activities including audio/visual materials for our book sales.

Donate items. We welcome donations of books and audio/visual materials for our book sales and holiday craft events

Donate funds. We are currently raising money to purchase specialized educational PCs for the Children’s Library. Every penny helps!

Make new Friends! We invite you to meet your neighbors, make new friends and make a difference in your community.

Become a Friend of the Library

We invite you to become an active member and join us at our meetings, on the first Monday of the month at 2:00 pm in the library, no meeting in July & August.

Check the library calendar for changes.

Please join us in this effort, and enjoy the good feeling that comes with helping the library to continue to enrich the lives of all residents in our community. Thank You!

Voice your ideas and suggestions at our monthly planning meetings. You can view the Minutes of previous meetings by CLICKING HERE

To become a member of the Friends of the Library, either click the button below for a downloadable form or CLICK HERE to fill out an online version of the Friends of the Library Member Form.

Click Here for Application

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PHONE & EMAIL

Phone: 1-856-629-1212

Email: info@monroetpl.org

Circulation Desk: ext. 210 or 211

- For help renewing books, checking your account and library hours.

Reference Desk: ext. 206

- For help with research, reserving private study rooms, locating items in our library, placing holds and program registration.

Children's Reference Desk: ext. 214

- For information on Children's story times, registration for children's programs and scheduling school tours.

Administration: ext. 203

- For business inquiries and meeting room reservations.