LIBRARY CARD POLICIES

 

LIBRARY CARD

Getting a library card is easy and only takes a few minutes.  You can start borrowing books and movies right away!  A driver’s license or another form of documentation is needed to show that you are a resident of Oakland.

For children five years or older, a parent or guardian must sign permission and accept responsibility for all materials checked out on a minor’s card.  The parent or guardian must present identification to verify address.

Borrowers must present a library card that is valid for use at this library.  A card may be used only by the person whose name appears on the card and in the computer record. If you placed a request for a book using our online catalog, you must pick up  book with the same card you used to place the request.

For more information, please click here: Library Card Policy

 

LOAN PERIODS AND FEES

 

Material 

Loan Period

Daily Fine

Maximum Fine
Per Item

Number
Renewals

Books 28 days $0.10 per day $5.00 2
New Books 14 days $0.10 per day $5.00 1
Audio books 28 days $0.10 per day  $5.00 2
Movies 7 days $1.00 per day $10.00 1
New Movies 3 days $1.00 per day $10.00 0
Music CDs 14 days $0.10 per day  $5.00 2
Magazines 14 days $0.10 per day  $5.00 2
Newspapers Do not circulate NA NA NA
Reference Materials Do not circulate NA NA NA
TV Series 14 days $1.00 per day $10.00 1

 

  • A maximum of 50 items can be borrowed at any point in time.   Any item exceeding the loan period specified is subject to a fine as defined above.  Fines are not assessed for days the library is closed. Please note that these fines are for items owned by Oakland. Items borrowed from other libraries are charged using that library's fine schedule.
  • Note: Open Borrowing patrons are limited to 10 books at any one time.
  • The default price indicated by the BCCLS system will be charged for lost or damaged materials.  Borrowers have the option to replace the item in lieu of payment.  An item is considered lost when it is overdue 90 days.
  • A patron’s borrowing privileges will be blocked when outstanding fines reach $10.00 or if 10 or more items are overdue.

 

 

CHECKING YOUR LIBRARY CARD
 

You can find out what materials are checked out on your card, when they are due, and if there are any fines or fees expected.  You can also renew most items.  You need your library card barcode number and your password (formerly your 4-digit PIN).  If you have an e-mail address connected to your account, you can request a password reset from your computer. Otherwise, please visit the library if you do not know your password. Please note that to protect your privacy, we will not reset your password over the phone.

Go to the BCCLS website home page and look for “My Account” in the top left corner.  You can log into your account by filling in the rectangle below "Your Library Card # (without spaces)" and then filling in your password in the rectangle below "Password/PIN (forgot your password?)"

 

MAKING REQUESTS FOR PICK UP AT OAKLAND
 

BCCLS Catalog
 

You may request a hold on almost any item in the BCCLS catalog.  We will let you know when it arrives and hold it for you at the front desk for up to four business days.  Use the online catalog or see library staff to place a hold.  Some restrictions may apply.

 

Inter-Library Loan Materials
 

Public and university libraries throughout New Jersey, the country and even around the world, participate in lending materials to other libraries!  This means that if a BCCLS library doesn’t  have what you want, we will look for it in more places.  Please see a library staff member to open a request.

 in Bergen Country at www.bccls.org
            ….. then in New Jersey  at www.jerseycat.org
                        ….. and even across the entire world!  www.worldcat.org

 
Please note that all ILL materials must be returned directly to the Oakland Public Library.

 

BORROWING IN PERSON AT OTHER LIBRARIES

 

BCCLS Libraries
 

Using your Oakland library card, you can borrow and return books and other materials at any BCCLS member library just the same as at the Oakland library (some restrictions may apply at some member libraries).

 

Open Borrowing


Through the open Borrowing Program you can use your Oakland library card when you visit any one of more than 150 public libraries in Morris, Passaic, Sussex and seven other counties in New Jersey.  This is a convenience, for instance, if you work in another county, but near a participating library.

Ask for a green sticker on your card to show that you are in good standing with your home library. 

Please note that books borrowed in another county should be returned to a library in that same county circulation system to ensure that the computer clears the record.

For more information and a complete list of participating libraries, click here.

 

Bergen Community College


Residents of Bergen County may use their public library card at the Sidney Silverman Library of Bergen Community College located at 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ 07652, 201-447-7100.  Please contact the library for specific information.  For details, please click here.

 

Ramapo College

Residents of the State of New Jersey may borrow materials as a Community Borrower. For details, please click here.

 

ONLINE SERVICES AVAILABLE WITH YOUR CARD


Your library card gives you access to many valuable online services 24/7

  • Request titles through the BCCLS online catalog
  • Download e-books and audio books at ebccls.org to your mobile device or computer.
  • Search subscription reference databases from home

 

INTERNET AND COMPUTERS
 

Wireless Internet Access (Wi-Fi)
 

The library offers wireless access to patrons with laptop computers that are equipped to support the WiFi standard known as IEEE 802.11b or g.  You may use the library printers if you save information to a flash drive.  When you use the Internet in the library you are accepting the library’s Internet policy.

Please note that a WiFi network is less secure than a wired network.  Patrons are responsible for protecting their personal information.  Signal strength varies within the Library.  The Library staff cannot assist you with your laptop, card or configuration.

 

Computers Available
 

Computers are available for public use free of charge.  Most configurations include a DVD/CD/RW drive and USB ports.  Computers have Internet access and access to a printer.   Color, scanning, and copy features are available on some printers.  Please review the configuration of the PC prior to using to make sure it has what you need.

Most, but not all, PCs offer Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, and Publisher.  Different editions (e.g., Word 2003 or Word 2010) may be available.

Printing fees:        black and white - 15 cents per page

                                color - 25 cents per page

A copier is also available in the lobby of the library.  Black & white copies are 15 cents; color copies are 50 cents.

 

Guidelines for Computer Use
 

Patrons should use the PCs in the areas designated for their use:  adults in the adult areas, children in the Children’s Room.  When computers are in high demand we limit time on the computer in order to make resources available to other patrons.  The library reserves the right to end an Internet session.

 

Computer Help for New Users
 

Classes:  The Oakland Public Library periodically offers several introductory classes and workshops on topics such as how to use computers, the Internet, email, eBay, Google, shopping on the Internet, how to find health information and more.  Reservations are required.

Online Training:  if you are new to the computer, there’s an easy way to practice new things like how to use a keyboard and a mouse.  Try some of these websites.  Click on the link to begin:

 

Keyboarding Skills

http://www.goodtyping.com
http:www.typing-lessons.org
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/winkeyboard.htm

Using the mouse

http://www.pbclibrary.org/mousing/intro.htm
http://www.pbclibrary.org/mousing/mousercise.htm
http://pbclibrary.org/mousing/games.htm

Help with Microsoft Office  
     Office 2000
  Office 2007
http://www.fgcu.edu/support/office2000/
http://www.fgcu.edu/support/office2007/
Help with Internet Explorer http://www.internet4classrooms.com/on-line_ie.htm
Computer Dictionary http://www.techweb.com/encyclopedia/
Seniors  
     Computer articles and tips from AARP
  Free courses, news, online book discussions, and much more
http://www.aarp.org/technology
http://www.seniornet.org
Help with Facebook                                                     http://www.statestats.org/facebook-beginners-guide-101/
Social Networking Resources http://oaklandnjlibrary.org/resources
Mobile Devices http://oaklandnjlibrary.org/devices