A valid library account is required for all circulation transactions.

Resident Cards are issued to

  • Township residents (including children) or property owners (renewable every 3 years)


Courtesy Cards are available to*

  • Individuals who work in town
  • Non-resident students attending school in town
  • Caregivers who work in town


Non-Resident Pay Cards*
Individuals who do not otherwise qualify for borrowing privileges may purchase an annual membership.  Non-resident pay cards are good only at the Millburn Library for Millburn items.  They will not be honored at other BCCLS libraries and cannot be used to transfer other libraries' items to Millburn for pickup here.  The fee is determined annually based on per-capita library costs.  

For 2021, the fees are:

  • $165 per year
  • $75 per year for ages 65 and older


* Courtesy cards and non-resident pay cards must be renewed annually & may be used to borrow ONLY Millburn Public Library materials.  These cards to not provide reciprocal privileges at other libraries.BCCLS privileges do not apply.   

Acceptable I.D. (For new cards or for card renewals)

  • New Jersey driver's license with current address
  • Utility bill imprinted with name and address
  • Current rent receipt, lease agreement or tax bill
  • Postmarked envelope with name mailed to street address
  • Letter or pay stub from Millburn/Short Hills employer verifying employment
  • Current report card or tuition payment from school in Millburn/Short Hills

Privacy of Records (according to N.J. Statute 18A:73-43.1-3)

  • Information in patron's record available to cardholder only (this includes children's records)
  • Items on hold may be picked up only with presentation of the card of the patron for whom the item is on hold.
  • The privacy of Millburn patron's records may be overridden only by legitimate Federal agents invoking the Patriot Act.

All registered cardholders MUST present their cards when checking out materials from the library. This policy is a safeguard against fraud and is for your protection. Library cards are non-transferable. Electronically stored versions of your card via smartphone app are accepted at the MFPL.  As a courtesy, Millburn - Short Hills residents may present their ID at the Millburn Library if they forgot their card. (Don't do this too often, though, or you'll be charged for a replacement card!)   The fee for replacing lost cards is $5.00.

Millburn resident cardholders in good standing have access to millions of items in many New Jersey libraries.



The Millburn Free Public Library is a member of BCCLS, the Bergen County Cooperative Library System.  This gives Millburn residents in good standing access to 70+ participating libraries in Essex, Bergen, Hudson and Passaic Counties.  Materials can be obtained through walk-in access at any of the BCCLS libraries or by making a BCCLS loan request.  Requests can be made electronically through our online catalog or by speaking with a Millburn Library staff member.  BCCLS loan materials are picked up at the Millburn Library and can be returned here or in-person at any BCCLS library.  See www.bccls.org to learn more. 


Millburn/Summit Reciprocal Borrowing

  • Available to registered resident patrons in good standing
  • Registration renewed annually
  • Most items available for loan
  • Reserves may be placed on items
  • Items borrowed from Summit Public Library must be returned there by patron
  • Policies of lending library regarding overdues, renewals, etc., will apply
  • Services such as inter-library loan, story time registration etc. are not included


Essex County ReBL (pronounced "rebel") - Reciprocal Borrowing & Lending.  This agreement provides walk-in borrowing service at virtually all Essex County public libraries, including the ones not in BCCLS, plus five academic libraries:  Seton Hall, Rutgers-Newark, Essex County College, Caldwell University and Bloomfield College.  You must get a ReBL sticker for your library card from your home library prior to borrowing from another ReBL library.  (Note: A ReBL sticker is not required for services from other BCCLS libraries).  Some limitations apply, and you must borrow and return in-person from the other library, there is no inter-library transit for ReBL borrowing. 


JerseyCat Inter-Library Loan

Items that are not owned by the MFPL and are not available through BCCLS loan might be obtained from another library through statewide ILL service.  Speak with a librarian for more information.  

Loan Periods

Due dates are printed on your checkout receipt.  Due dates can also be reviewed online by logging in to the BCCLS catalog

  • 2 weeks
    New adult books
    Holiday books
    Back issue magazines
    Non-print media (Audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays)
  • 4 weeks
    Children's & Young Adult books
    All other adult books


Renewal of Millburn Items

  • The renewal period is the same as the original loan period
  • Items may be renewed once in person, by phone or online (unless the item is on hold for another patron.)
  • Our checkout system will automatically renew eligible items just before their due date. You will receive a text or e-mail notification when this is done. Learn more about auto-renewal.
  • To renew by phone, you must speak with a staff member during open hours.  Renewals may not be made by leaving a voice message. 
  • ***Renewal of BCCLS items is subject to the policy of the library that owns the items. ***




Effective January 1, 2020, the Millburn Library is fine free. This has been extended through 12/31/2021.  The only exceptions are Museum Passes, iPads Hot Spots, and items borrowed from other BCCLS libraries if those libraries still levy late fees.  Overdue fines still apply to these special items.  


NOTE:  Other BCCLS libraries may still levy overdue fees so Millburn-Short Hills residents are advised to please exercise care when borrowing from other BCCLS libraries. 


All items that are borrowed still have due dates.  Please bring items back by the due date.  Other patrons may be waiting.


Any items that are 60+days overdue will be billed at full replacement value.  Also, accounts will be blocked if there are 10 or more overdue items out. 


See Fine-Free for more information. 


Overdue Notices and Replacement Notices

  • First overdue notice sent 14 days past due date
  • Second overdue notice sent 28 days past due date
  • Third notice (replacement bill) sent 60 days past due date
  • There is a mandatory replacement fee for lost items

**Your account will be automatically blocked when:

  • Charges of $10.00 (or more) have accrued
  • 10 or more items are overdue
  • Unreturned item is 60 days or more overdue