BCCLS (previously Bergen County Cooperative Library System, now Bridging Communities, Connecting Library Services, or “Buckles”) is the consortium that Millburn Library belongs to as a member. This gives Millburn-Short Hills residents in good standing access to items in 70+ participating libraries in Essex, Bergen Hudson & Passaic Counties. Materials can be obtained through walk-in service at any BCCLS library, or by making a BCCLS Hold/Pick-Up Request. Requests can be made through the online catalog or by speaking with a Millburn Library staff member.
Essex County’s Reciprocal Borrowing & Lending program, or “ReBL”, is an agreement that provides access to walk-in borrowing service only at virtually all Essex County public libraries, including ones not in BCCLS.
ReBL provides access to five academic libraries:
In order to use your ReBL privileges, you must get a ReBL sticker from your home library for your library card first (the ReBL sticker is not required for libraries in BCCLS directly). Millburn patrons can stop by the front Circulation Desk to receive one.
Some limitations apply, and you must borrow and return items in-person from the ReBL library that owns the item you want to use, as there is no inter-library transit for ReBL borrowing.
Items not owned by Millburn Library and/or the BCCLS catalog might still be obtainable from another library statewide, using the Inter-Library Loan (ILL) service. Let the library staff know if you need any assistance finding items. You can also Suggest a Purchase online for unavailable items, or, if looking for a journal article for research, request it on our Ask a Librarian page.
Due dates are printed on your checkout receipt, or emailed if self-checkout used. Due dates for all your items can be reviewed online by logging in to the BCCLS catalog.
The BCCLS catalog system will automatically renew eligible items just before their due dates. You will receive a text or email notification.
As of January 2020, the Millburn Library is fine-free for Millburn Library-owned items. Exceptions include: Museum Passes, iPads, Mobile Hotspots. Overdue fines still apply to these special items. See our guide on paying fines online with a credit card. Additionally, other BCCLS libraries may still levy overdue fees, so Millburn/Short Hills patrons may incur late fees if borrowing from them.
Remember that all borrowed items still have have due dates, so please return items by these dates, as other patrons may be waiting.
Any item that is 60+ days overdue (“lost”) will be billed at full replacement value. Additionally, accounts will be blocked if there are 10 or more overdue items out.
Your account will be automatically blocked if any of the following occur:
Your account must be paid in full before a block is removed. You will not be able to borrow items or use select services (such as the Museum Pass program) until your account is unblocked.
A patron is considered in good standing when:
Millburn cardholders can use meeScan, a smartphone app that lets you check out items in the palm of your hand— no need to stop by the Circulation Desk on your way out. Using the meeScan app is a good way to minimize touchpoints while visiting the library, or just to avoid a line if you’re in a pinch.
Download the meeScan app, register your library card, and begin scanning the barcodes on the back of the items you wish to checkout. A checkout receipt will be emailed to you.
Note: access to your phone’s camera is necessary to scan barcodes, as well as access to location services to validate you are in the library via geolocation.
Millburn Library has two self-checkout machines to make your visit quick & convenient. The kiosks have user-friendly instructions on a touch-screen, and can be used by any patron with a valid library card in good standing. Just about anything in our collection can be checked-out at the kiosks: books, DVDs, CDs, and more. However, any item on hold and/or a transfer from another library still must be picked up at the Front Circulation Desk.
If you have any questions about our self-checkout options, just ask to speak with a library staff member during your next visit.