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How do I get a library card?

ChathamLibraryCardAny resident of The Chathams (Chatham Borough or Chatham Township), or anyone who pays taxes in either town, is entitled to privileges at Library of The Chathams.   Proof of eligibility is required at the time of registration.  Acceptable forms of identification include:  N.J. Driver’s License, bank  checks  imprinted with name /address, lease or mortgage agreement, rent or tax receipt, or a utility bill imprinted with the applicant’s name and address.

Children may register for a library card when they are five years old or when they enter kindergarten.  A parent or guardian must sign for and be accountable for materials charged out by minors.  Students at Chatham High School may apply for a card with their high school ID.

Students attending schools in Chatham and who have a permanent address outside of the M.A.I.N. member municipalities and outside any municipalities that participate in the Open Borrowing or MUF programs are eligible for a library card for walk-in use at Library of The Chathams only.

Out of County residents employed by a Chatham business or taxpayer are entitled to a free courtesy card.  Proof of employment in the form of a pay stub or a letter from the employer is required and renewable every year with proof of employment.

A Library of The Chathams card is valid in all public libraries in Morris County, including Morris County Library.  Chatham residents are also welcome to use the MUF (Morris-Union Federation) libraries in Summit,  New Providence, Berkeley Heights and Bernardsville.

With a green Open Borrowing sticker on the Chatham Library card, a patron may borrow from participating libraries in LMxAC (Middlesex) and PALS (Passaic) systems.

Your first library card is free.  The replacement cost for a lost card is $3.00.

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