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Spring flowering trees in the parking lot of the Tenafy Public Library.


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Mask Update

Beginning Monday, March 7, 2022, masks are optional.


  • New & Travel books 2 weeks

  • Other books 4 weeks

  • Magazines 2 weeks

  • Music CDs 2 weeks

  • Audiobooks 4 weeks

  • DVDs & Blu-rays 2 weeks

  • New popular titles on DVD & Blu-ray 1 week


Overdue fines are $0.10 per day/per item up to a $5 maximum per item except for DVDs and Blu-rays which are $0.50  per day per DVD or Blu-ray up to a $5 maximum per DVD for Tenafly owned items.

Loan periods and overdue fines for items borrowed from BCCLS member libraries vary by library.

Library materials may be reserved or renewed (if not on reserve for another patron) online (with a password obtainable at the Service Desk), in person or by phone. If you have an email attached to your library account, you may also reset your password here. Patrons with $10.00 or more in fines on their record will not be able to check-out or renew items.

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Circulation Policy
Library Card

Library Card


A valid BCCLS library card must be presented in order to borrow or renew materials, pay fines, check library records or place requests for materials. Library card barcodes scanned into a mobile device application may also be used. Tenafly residents may present a valid photo ID in place of an unexpired library card.

The library card is free with valid proof of Tenafly residency. Each family member (age 5 and up) should have his/her own library card. Children are issued a card under the authority of their parent or legal guardian who must present valid identification. The child must be present at the time of registration. Tenafly High School students who present a current Tenafly High School photo ID plus one additional form of ID confirming their Tenafly residency do not need a parent or legal guardian to register for a library card. The parent/guardian is responsible for all materials checked out on the child's card and for all fines and replacement costs incurred by the child.


The replacement fee for a lost card is $3.00.

Courtesy Cards

Courtesy cards are issued to individuals who work, go to school, or temporarily reside in Tenafly. Courtesy cards are also issued to Alpine residents for a fee of $125 per card per year payable to the Borough of Tenafly. (Alpine residents who work or attend school in Tenafly do not pay the fee.) Courtesy cards allow access to Tenafly Public Library materials only (with the exception of museum passes and eBCCLS items) and are valid for one year from the date of registration. Courtesy cards will not be issued to those who already have a card from another BCCLS library. 


Temporary Residents

Temporary Tenafly residents, including live-in employees, must present a valid photo ID and proof of temporary residency in Tenafly. Temporary residents will be entitled to courtesy cards with a maximum term of one year (determined by duration of residency).  Temporary residents may have only one BCCLS account in the system at any time. 


Approved 10/21/19

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Internet Policy

Internet Access

  • Users must register to use the Internet at the Envisionware Reservation terminal.

  • A valid BCCLS library card is required to reserve an Internet session. Guest cards are available at the Reference Desk.

  • Internet sessions are limited to a total of 60 minutes per day.

  • Downloading is not permitted.

  • Registering other than for the current day is not permitted.

  • Printing costs: First page is free. After that black and white printing is $0.10 per page and color printing is $0.30 per page.

  • The Library reserves the right to terminate an Internet session at any time. The Library can do this if Internet searching results in user behavior that is inappropriate for a library setting.

As technology advances and; the needs of Tenafly evolve, the Tenafly Public Library endeavors to develop services that meet the informational, educational, cultural and recreational needs of its users.

Internet access is available on PCs managed by Envisionware software. Access to the Internet is compatible with the Library's endorsement of the Library Bill of Rights; the Freedom to Read Statement; the Freedom to View; Access to Electronic Information Services and Networks; and with the policies, goals and objectives of this public library.

The Internet allows users to connect to networks of resources outside of the Library. The Tenafly Public Library has no control over these resources nor does it have complete knowledge of what is on the Internet. The Tenafly Public Library does not warrant the information available through its Internet connections to be accurate, factual, timely or useful, and does not endorse the content of the networked information available. The Tenafly Public Library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for the content of the networked information available through its Internet connections.

The Tenafly Public Library assumes no responsibility for any damages, such as viruses direct or indirect, arising from use of its electronic services, or from its connections to other Internet services through our provider. Library users access the Internet at their own discretion. As with other library materials, the restriction of a child's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian. With regard to children and teenagers, we recommend that parents and caregivers take an active interest in, and responsibility for their children's online use. While young people need a certain amount of privacy, they also need parental involvement and supervision in their daily lives. The same general skills that apply to daily life apply while online.

It is not acceptable to use the Internet at the Tenafly Public Library for purposes contrary to state or federal laws. It is not acceptable to use the Internet at the Tenafly Public Library so as to interfere with or disrupt other users, services or equipment. This includes, but is not limited to, distribution of unsolicited advertising, so-called chain letters, "spamming," or sending an unsolicited large number of lists, propagation of computer worms and viruses, hacking, transmitting threatening, harassing or abusive language and images or any attempt whatsoever to go to superuser status. Such activities may result in loss of Library privileges and criminal prosecution. Use of the Tenafly Public Library Internet connections is intended for private, non-commercial activities, and does not permit unauthorized sales and marketing of products or services.

It is assumed that information and resources accessible through the Tenafly Public Library Internet connections are private to the individuals and organizations which own or hold rights to such resources and information, unless it is specifically stated otherwise by these owners or holders of rights. In particular, it is important to respect the legal protection that is provided by copyright and licenses to programs and data.

Library staff will assist patrons with Internet use as time permits, but cannot offer personal instruction. 

Some or all of the resources may be unavailable for technical reasons over which the Tenafly Public Library has no control.

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 Wireless Network

  • Wireless Internet access is available to patrons in all public areas of the Library. Bring your laptop, find a chair or table and enjoy this public service. 

  • Wireless network shuts down 15 minutes before closing.

  • Limitation and Disclaimer: The Library's wireless network is not secure. Information sent to and from your laptop can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and the appropriate software. Library staff members are not able to provide technical assistance and no guarantee can be provided that you will be able to make a wireless connection. The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for laptop configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the Library's network.

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Wireless Network

Museum Passes

  • The Museum Pass Program is open to Tenafly residents with a valid Tenafly Public Library card in good standing. You must present your Tenafly Public Library card at the Service Desk to check out a pick up/return museum pass.

  • Only one museum pass may be checked out per library account at any given time. 

  • Loan period for pick up/return passes: Two (2) days. NO renewals. NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Daily overdue fine for pick up/return passes: $25.00 per day. NO fines waived. NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Maximum overdue fine for pick up/return passes: Cost of museum membership to the Tenafly Public Library (Varies from $250.00 upwards. See replacement cost on case.)

  • Lost/stolen membership card fee for pick up/return passes: Fee charged to the Tenafly Public Library by the Museum PLUS a $25.00 processing fee IF reported on or before museum pass due date. Overdue fines continue to accrue @ $25.00 per day until loss/theft is reported to the Library PLUS the $25.00 processing fee.

  • Lost case fee for pick up/return passses: $25.00


  • Pick up/return passes must be returned to the Tenafly Public Library Service Desk in the case BEFORE closing time on the due date. DO NOT return a museum pass in the book drop. DO NOT return the pass to another library.

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Museum Passes

Room Use


The McCandless Room schedule is managed by the Borough with few Library events held there. Since this is the case, it is appropriate for the Borough to address your request. 

The Library does not sponsor commercial, political, religious or private events. It is not the Library's practice to sponsor open political meetings.

Library programs - almost all of which are presented in the Library itself - are musical, book talks, poetry readings, travel slideshows, children's programs and artist receptions.

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Room Use Policy

Patron Conduct



  • Eating or Drinking. Water bottles are allowed but must be kept capped.

  • Playing of audio equipment so that others can hear it.

  • Smoking

  • Carrying a weapon into the Library unless authorized by law. Any patron authorized to carry a weapon must notify Library staff that he/she is carrying a weapon in the Library.

  • Bringing animals into the Library except those needed to assist a patron with a disability or as part of a library program.

  • Misusing the restrooms such as using as laundy or washing facilities.

  • Leaving a child under the age of 8 unattended in the Library without the supervision of an adult.

  • Talking loudly, making noise or engaging in other disruptive conduct such as card playing or board games.

  • Interfering with another person's use of the Library or with Library personnel's performance of their duties.

  • Using rollerblades, skates, metal cleats, heelies.

  • Leaving personal belongings unattended. The Library cannot be responsible for personal items.

  • Using a cell phone in the Library proper. It is permitted in the Library foyer.

  • Tutoring by paid or unpaid tutors is not permitted between:
    3:00 to 6:00PM - Mondays through Thursdays
    3:00 to 5:00PM - Fridays
    12:00 to 4:00PM — Saturdays & Sundays

  • Moving furniture in public areas.



  • Patrons who wish to access Internet PCs must read and conform to the Library's Internet Access Policy available at the Library and on the Library's website.





  • Damaging Library property.

  • Stealing Library materials.

  • Threatening or physically harming staff or patrons or using abusive language.

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Patron Conduct

Homebound Delivery



Any person residing in the Borough of Tenafly who is unable to come to the library because of limited mobility, illness, or disability is eligible for homebound delivery. Homebound status may be permanent or temporary. A doctor’s note is not required; eligibility will be established when a librarian conducts a phone or in-person interview with the interested patron. A homebound patron who does not yet have a library card must obtain one by providing proof of residence within the Borough of Tenafly.

Once homebound status has been established, the patron may call the Reference Department to request specific titles or to ask a librarian to select titles based on his or her interest. The librarian will procure the requested items and prepare them for delivery.  Homebound delivery is limited to items owned by the Tenafly Library.


Library materials will be delivered to the homebound patron’s residence by a library volunteer. A delivery schedule will be established based on volunteer availability, but patrons may call the Reference Department to request service any time. Volunteers will deliver and pick up items at the patron’s front door only without entering the home.

Items will be picked up after the loan period has ended, depending on volunteer availability. Overdue notices will be mailed or emailed directly to the homebound patron. Homebound patrons will not be charged overdue fines, but they are responsible for the cost of lost or damaged materials. Homebound patrons may check out up to 10 items at a time. This service can be suspended or canceled if materials are not returned in a timely manner.

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Homebound Delivery
Laptop Lending

Laptop Lending

Check Out Procedure

  • Customer must be 16 years of age or older and present a valid Tenafly Public Library card in good standing and a valid government-issued photo ID or Tenafly High School ID to check out a laptop. (ID will be kept at the Service Desk until the laptop is returned)

  • Library card must have been issued at least 30 days prior to checking out a laptop

  • Laptops are for IN LIBRARY USE ONLY

Loan Periods and Use Procedures​

  • Laptops are checked out without chargers and must be returned when laptop needs charging or 30 minutes prior to library closing.

  • Patrons can check out one more laptop for the same duration once the previous laptop has been returned

  • Laptops cannot be reserved and there may be times when the laptops are unavailable due to library programming

  • No laptops can be borrowed less than 30 minutes prior to the Library closing

  • If you see a problem with the laptop either in its condition or in its operation, or if something happens while you are using it, tell the Circulation staff immediately in order to avoid being held liable

  • Work will not be saved, you must use a USB device to save your work or email it to yourself


Security Issues

  • Do not leave the laptop unattended or loan it to another person. You are responsible for loss while the laptop is checked out to you.

  • Laptops can easily be damaged by impact. Users should be extremely careful with them.

  • Laptops should never be removed from the library for any reason. (Ex: If the building is evacuated, the laptop must be immediately returned to the Circulation Desk).

  • Do not tamper with the security features or attempt to install personal software.

  • No user files or downloads will be retained on the hard drive.

  • Use of the laptop is at the patron's own risk. The patron is responsible for deleting any personal information they entered while using the laptop. We DO NOT recommend using the laptop for personal, financial, medical, or legal matters.


Returning a Laptop

  • All laptops must be returned to the Circulation Desk.

  • Laptops must be returned in the same condition as received: if returned damaged or laptop is lost, customer agrees to pay for any repairs or the full replacement cost of the laptop.

  • All components must be returned together (laptop, mouse, etc.)​

  • Questions about this service may be redirected to the Circulation Desk or Reference staff

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Notary Public Service

Notary Public Service is available as a courtesy to Tenafly Residents.  Others may use the service at a fee of $2.50 (cash only) per signature (Notary Seal). Notary Services are generally available on weekdays and some Saturdays, but those requiring such services are strongly encouraged to call ahead and make an appointment.


State of New Jersey Notarial Requirements 

  • The notary must be presented with valid official photo identification. (A current driver’s license or passport is recommended.)


  • The document requiring notarization must not be signed or dated ahead of time. The notary is required by law to witness the document signing.


  • The notary is not permitted to give any type of legal advice and is merely certifying signatures.

  • The library does not supply witnesses. Witnesses must accompany the person whose document is notarized. Witnesses will also need proper identification. Notary cannot act as a witness.

  • The Library provides only basic notary services. Notary service is not available for wills, living wills, living trusts or codicils.


  • New Jersey State Law prohibits notaries from certifying copies of original documents. This includes passports and birth certificates. Certified copies of publicly recorded documents must be obtained from the issuing authorities.


  • Documents in any language other than English will not be notarized at the Library. 


  • The notary and the customer seeking notarization must be able to communicate with each other without using a translator.


  • In accordance with New Jersey State Law, notaries reserve the right to decline service if the document(s), identification or circumstances of the request raise any issue of authenticity, ambiguity or doubt for the Library.


Approved 10/21/2019, Revised 2/29/2022

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Notary Public Service
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