How Do I?

Find answers to the questions most often asked by users -- and potential users -- of the library in this section.

Simply click on the links on the left for answers to frequently asked questions. If you have a question not listed here, please call the library at 973-208-6244.


How Do I?

Donate a used Book

The library accepts small donations of books, CDs and DVDs. Please bring donated materials in plastic shopping bags, with a limit of 2-3 bags. We cannot accept encyclopedias, magazines, condensed books, textbooks, records, cassette tapes, videocassettes, or any material in poor condition. 

The Morris County Library offers a link with suggestions on where to donate your used books. Click here for more information.

Find a Book

Go directly to the MAIN Catalog.

Search for an item by title, author, keyword, or subject.

Find out how long I can keep a book

Library loan periods are: 

  • Books – 28 days
  • Magazines, books on tape or CD, and music CDs – 14 days
  • DVDs – 7 days

Please note that loan periods for items borrowed through Interlibrary Loan may vary.

Get a Library Card

All Jefferson Township residents aged 4 and up are eligible for a free library card. 

libcard_01Bring proof of residency (driver’s license, utility bill) to the library to apply for and receive your card. You may also apply online right here and pick up your card at the library.

Renew a Book

  • Visit the MAIN Catalog and enter your Library Card# and PIN#. 
  • Select Items Out/Renewals from top menu bar.
  • Renew all, or selected, items.


Call the library at 973-208-6244 if you need help, or if you do not have access to a computer.

Request a Book

You may request a book in person, by telephone, or online. 

To request a book by telephone, please call 973-208-6244

To request a book online, visit the MAIN catalog:

  • Search by keyword, title, author, subject, etc.
  • At the bottom of the displayed record, select Place Request.
  • Enter your Library Card # and PIN#
  • Select Pickup Library, and submit request.

Request items not found in the Library Catalog

If you do not find what you are looking for in the MAIN catalog, you may

Research a Topic

In addition to books in the library's general and reference collections, you may visit our Research Tools for a list of available databases. 

A Reference Librarian is available at rachel.kelly@jtpl.mainlib.org if you would like to email a question or a request for information.