Lending Policy

All materials must be returned by the date due. Most materials are charged out for 4 weeks with the exception of new books, DVDs and music CD’s, which are charged out for 2 weeks or as labeled.

Rental DVDs

The rental DVDs are $0.25 per day, with the first 25 cents due upon checkout and any remaining charges payable on return. Rentals MUST be returned to the Teaneck library. They are available to any ADULT cardholder(18 years old or over) from any BCCLS library. It is a browsing collection and is NOT reservable, requestable or renewable.

Specific Requirements to Obtain a Library Card (effective Dec. 14. 2000)

Adult patrons must present either: a current New Jersey Driver’s License showing street address, a Bergen County photo ID card, or two of the following: deed, mortgage statement, town tax bill, lease, PSE&G bill, water bill, letter from shelter and/or affidavit of landlord.

Minors must present a Teaneck school ID card showing their address, their most recent report card or must have their parent present and the parents ID as listed above will be accepted.

Note: Library cards are not issued or replaced on Sundays.


Adult overdue materials are charged at the rate of 10 cents per day, with a maximum of $5.00 per item.

Children’s books are charged at the rate of 5 cents per day with a maximum of $5.00 per item.

Automatic Blockage

Automatic Blockage will occur when $10.00 in actual or projected fines has accrued, 10 or more items are overdue, or unreturned items are sixty (60) or more days overdue.

Clearing Record

Automatic blockage caused by fines may be cleared at any library. All other delinquent items must be cleared at the home library.

The policy regarding Rental DVDs may be obtained at the Circulation Desk.

Lost Materials (Unit Pricing)

Material Type Replacement Cost
Board Books
Early Reader
Graphic Novel
Juvenile Hardcover
Juvenile Paperback
Large Print
Picture Book
Trade Paperback
Items priced over $30 will be charged at cost.


Renewals are possible unless:

  • someone else is waiting for the item. or
  • he item is not renewable (i.e., bestseller);
  • the item has been renewed the maximum number of times.

Please have your library card number available. Renewals may be done online for items that are renewable, if your card is not blocked. For this you must have a password (formally PIN), obtainable at any BCCLS library.


The card that placed the request must be presented at pickup. No substitution. Items not owned by BCCLS libraries may be requested via inter-library loan and are limited to five(5) requests per household per year. Subsequent requests are $5.00 each, whether filled or not.

Penalties for non-compliance with these rules are established in ordinance #2078. A copy of the ordinance is available upon request.

In order to prevent the theft of books and library materials, state law authorizes the detention for a reasonable period of any person using these facilities who is suspected of committing theft of library material. (Chapter 373, S-722)