Who May Use the Washington Public Library?

Any resident of Washington Borough is eligible to use the library for free. Business owners with local businesses and other property owners are also entitled to cards, because they pay borough taxes. Most out of town borrowers must pay a small fee each year, because they do not pay taxes in the borough.

How Long May I Borrow a Book, Movie, or Other Library Material?

  • NEW library materials (books, audiobooks) and DVD’s/BluRays, music CD’s, video games and magazines are checked out for ONE week at a time. New books are allowed one renewal, provided there are no holds or reserves. However, books and audiobooks in circulation for over 1 year are able to be checked out for TWO weeks. You may renew your item twice in person or by phone as long as your accrued fine is under $5.00 and no one else is waiting for the item.
  • Fines for all Books and Magazines are now $ .20 per day late.
  • Fines for all Audiobooks, DVD’s/BluRays, music CD’s, and video games are now $2.00 per day.
  • Patrons with fines exceeding $5.00 may not renew current items or check out additional items until all fines are paid.

What if Something I Want is Not in Your Collection?

You have two choices:

  • Fill out a request form and ask the library to add it to the collection. If it is a fairly new item that falls within the collection development criteria (and most requests do), we will attempt to buy it.
  • Fill out an interlibrary loan request form, and let us try to borrow it from another library. Materials more than a year old are easily borrowed this way. All interlibrary loans are at the discretion of the owning library, and we must accept their policies and conditions of use.

Do You Have Any Special Collections?

Yes, several. They include:

  • The New Jersey Historical Collection, including microfilm of the Washington Star and Star-Gazette from 1868 and the Bathgate genealogical collection. A digitized version of the Star from 1868-1923 is also available on in-house Internet computers.
  • The Emma Campbell Groves Collection of items celebrating African-American history and culture.
  • The Hans P. Meichsner Fine Arts Collection of books pertaining to American illustrators and painters.

How Many Computers are Available for Public Use?

  • 18 with both the Internet and Microsoft Office 2013 and 2016, running Windows 7 and 10.
  • 2 for accessing our online catalog: one near the circulation desk and one in the children’s area. These computers are only to be used for that purpose.

Do You Have Wireless Internet Connections Available?

Yes! The wireless internet has been available since July 2006, thanks to a grant from the NJ State Library and Highlands Regional Library Cooperative. Patrons are free to bring their own laptops or other devices to access the Internet as well.