All individuals must be present in the library to obtain or renew a library card, regardless of age or residency.
Proof of residency in Piscataway is required before a card is issued. Borrowing privileges apply for 3 years for those who live or own property in town. At the end of that 3-year period, the physical card is still valid, but you must bring your card and ID to the library to renew the account.
Valid proof of residency for Adults is a current driver’s license with Piscataway address (we do not accept a P.O. Box); OR government-issued photo ID in addition to one of the following: recent mail (postmarked within 3 months); mail from a bank, utility company or other official organization that is dated and addressed to the individual; current, dated lease agreement or property tax bill showing individual’s name and Piscataway address
Valid proof of residency for Juveniles (children and teens, birth-18) can use a parent's ID and proof or residency (see above) along with the parent's signature on the application card. Both parent and child MUST be present. Alternately, children/teens who are in or going into Grade 3 and older can provide school ID in addition to proof of Piscataway residency (current printed or online school report card, school schedule, interim report, school bus pass), without a parent needing to be present.
If you are a resident at any of these listed locations, which are all part of the Libraries of Middlesex Consortium, you should obtain a card through your home library. This card can then be used to borrow materials at Piscataway Library. If you have a card outside of Middlesex County at any of the libraries listed here, you must bring your home library card with you, along with your ID and proof of residency, to obtain borrowing privileges at Piscataway Library. Any LMxAC library can renew privileges for resident cardholders with proper identification and proof of address.
If none of the situations above apply, you may obtain library membership upon payment of a $45.00 annual fee, granting full privileges as a Piscataway Public Library card holder.
PISCATAWAY EMPLOYEES & STUDENTS
If you live in a town that already has a reciprocal borrowing relationship (listed above), you can use that library card at either of our branches. Otherwise:
Piscataway employees must show proof of their home address, employment, and the Piscataway address of their place of employment (pay stub, letter signed by supervisor on letterhead). Piscataway Township municipal government employees (including municipal government employees, Piscataway Board of Education employees, employees of the Piscataway Vo-Tech school) who do not live in Piscataway are entitled to the same borrowing privileges as Piscataway residents. Municipal employees still must provide proof of their home address, proof of employment, and the physical address of their place of employment.
Piscataway students must provide proof of their home address, and proof of Piscataway school enrollment with the name and Piscataway address of the school. (Rutgers University students who cannot provide a Piscataway address should apply for a library card with New Brunswick Free Public Library.)
To be registered for this type of account, temporary Piscataway residents must provide photo ID, proof of temporary residency and the address and phone number of that residence. These accounts are limited to borrowing two items at a time (books or ebooks), but are not eligible to borrow new books, magazines, or non-print materials (other than ebooks). Privileges are good for three months with the option of renewal if temporary circumstances persist. Temporary accounts are upon approval of the Department Supervisor.
New to the library? After hours?Click here to register online. (Registration only valid for 30 days.) This temporary ID allows only limited access to statewide online databases. To complete the registration process and receive full borrowing privileges, you must bring proof of residence and a photo ID to the library, as detailed above.
Users are charged $2.00 for each library card replacement. Replacement cards are only issued in person with proper ID. Please let us know if you believe you've lost your card so that we can place a temporary block on your account!
If you are unable to physically come to the library to apply for membership due to either limited or long-term illness or disability, please consider our homebound delivery service. To register for home delivery, please fill out this form or call 732-463-1633.
The library collects donations of used and like-new materials on behalf of the Friends of the Library, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization of volunteers who raise funds to support Piscataway Library services. Most items should be dropped off at Kennedy Branch during regular business hours. In the weeks leading up to both of our semi-annual book sales, the library does not accept donations. We recommend you call 732-463-1633 in advance to confirm the acceptance of any donations. Most materials are accepted as long as they are in good condition (not wet, stained or moldy, not torn or broken, etc). Some items not needed are: cassette or VHS tapes, textbooks, and most nonfiction (including computer books) that are older than the last 5 years. Donations of puzzles and board games are also often accepted. Other donations commonly accepted include: new and used children's books, adult fiction books, DVDs and CDs. Donations that are not used to stock ongoing or annual Friends of the Library Book Sales are distributed or disposed of at the discretion of the Friends of the Library.
Piscataway Public Library offers free, limited Notary Service to Middlesex County residents. Photo ID and proof of residency are required. No appointments are taken, but you are encouraged to call 732-463-1633 before coming in for service to ensure availability. Usual hours of service is on Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00pm, at Kennedy Library (hours updated as of June 2018). Free Notary Service also may be available with the Piscataway Township Clerk, 732-562-2300.
The number of documents to be notarized at any one time is 4. If witnesses are required, the individual must bring them; the library will not supply any witnesses. Documents will only be notarized if they are written in English. Notary Service is NOT available for Deeds, Wills, Living Wills, Living Trusts, Codicils, Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Powers of Attorney, an Affidavit or any other similar document, copies of Driver’s Licenses or copies of Passports. In accordance with NJ Notarial Law, Notaries will not provide service if the customer, document or circumstances of the request for Notary Service raise any issue of authenticity, ambiguity, doubt or uncertainty for the library. In these circumstances, the library Notary may, at his/her sole discretion, decline to provide Notary Service.
As a result of the generous support of the Friends of the Piscataway Public Library, the Kennedy Branch of the Library offers museums passes to residents of Piscataway Township at the following venues. Rules vary by museum. Please check the individual museum’s website for the most current and accurate information, including parking details, special events, hours, and closures.
Intepid Air, Sea and Space Museum: Admission for up to 6 people to the Intrepid Museum, the Space Shuttle Pavilion, and the submarine Growler; children under 3 are not charged admission. A Piscataway Public Library card must be presented along with the pass to gain admission. This pass also includes 10% discount on museum membership.
Museum passes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the User Services Desk at Kennedy Library. Piscataway residents who are 18 years of age or older with a current library card may check out one pass per family. Library card holders must be in good standing; blocked or expired cards are not eligible for this service. In addition to a library card, eligible borrowers must present a valid photo ID (New Jersey driver license, non-driver identification card, passport, or other government-issued photo ID with birthdate). Information on the photo ID must match library records. All borrowers must sign the Museum Pass Borrower Agreement at the time of checkout. Families are permitted one usage per museum pass type every 30 days. Museum passes may be checked out for 4 days and cannot be renewed. No exceptions will be made due to weather conditions, limited exhibit accessibility, illness, or other unforeseen circumstances. Museum passes cannot be reserved in advance.
The museum passes are free to borrow (unless returned late or lost). The overdue fine for museum passes is $10.00 per day, up to the full replacement cost. If not returned within 14 days after the due date, the museum pass will be presumed lost and borrowers will be charged the full replacement cost. Replacement costs vary according to museum.
Museum passes must be returned in person to the User Services Desk at Kennedy Library at least 15 minutes prior to closing. Museum passes may not be returned in any book drop (indoor or outdoor) or alternate location. The inituals of an individual 18 years or older is required to complete the appropriate paperwork when returning museum passes. The return process may take a few minutes. Please plan accordingly.
Fax service is available at Kennedy Library. This is a self-service machine that uses automated instructions. Only credit and debit cards are accepted. The cost to send a fax to the USA, Canada & Caribbean (or to send email) is at a rate of $1.75 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page, including cover sheet if you choose to use one. The rate for international faxing is $3.95 for the first page and $3.45 for each additional page. Find more information at www.fax24.us.
The library offers a number of computers that print to our public printers. The cost is $0.10 per page for black-and-white printing, and $0.25 per page for color printing. To be able to print, you must add funds to your account before the printer will print your documents, which can be done at the library's User Services desk. The library also has scanners available for use for free.
The library has free and open wireless networks that you can use with your own devices. No additional information is needed, but if you have trouble connecting while inside the building, please ask at the Information Desk for assistance. Printing can only be done from library desktop computers.