Frequently Asked Questions

All individuals must be present in the library to obtain or renew a library card, regardless of age or residency.

PISCATAWAY RESIDENTS

Proof of residency in Piscataway is required before a card is issued. Borrowing priviledges apply for 3 years for those who live or own propoerty 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:

  1. Current driver’s license with Piscataway address (We do not accept a P.O. Box); OR
  2. 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 lease agreement or property tax bill showing individual’s name and Piscataway address

Valid proof of residency for Juveniles (birth-18) can be presented using 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 12 and older without a parent present 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).

NON-PISCATAWAY RESIDENT

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 priviledges at Piscataway Library. 

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 relathionship, 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 address and phone number 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.) 

TEMPORARY ACCOUNT

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 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.

HOMEBOUND

If you are unable to phyisically come to the library to apply for membership due to limited or longterm illness or disability, please consider our homebound delivery service. To register for home delivery, please fill out this form, or call 732-463-1633.

LOST CARDS

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 it is a holiday or in the case of inclement weather, please call the appropriate branch before making the trip! Below is the library's standard operating hours.

J.F. Kennedy Memorial Library
Mon. - Thu. 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fri. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sun. 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (closed on Sunday's beginning in mid-June through Labor Day weekend)

J. W. Westergard Branch Library
Mon. - Thu. 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fri. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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 fundraise to support Piscataway Library. Items can be dropped of at the front desk of either branch of the Piscataway Public Library during regular business hours. We request that large donations only be brought to the Kennedy Branch. In the weeks leading up to one of our two semi-annual book sales, the library does not accept donations. We recommend you call the library at 732-463-1633 in advance to confirm that the library is currently accepting donations. Your donation is tax-deductable; please ask for a form to fill out when you bring your donations into the library.

Donations commonly accepted include: new and used children's books, adult fiction books, DVDs, CDs, small children's board games and puzzles.

The library will not accept the following:

  • Books with evidence of mold, mildew or water damage
  • Textbooks
  • Encylopedia sets more than five years old
  • Most nonfiction books more than five years old
  • Computer books more than three years old
  • VHS tapes
  • Audio cassettes
  • Items that are damaged or missing pieces

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 a Notary Service to all Middlesex County residents. A photo ID and proof of residency is required. There is no cost for this service. No appointments are taken, but you are encouraged to call before coming in for service to ensure availability. Free Notary Service also may be available with the Piscataway Township Clerk, 732-562-2300.

Service will be available at Kennedy Library (732-463-1633) on Mondays 10:00am-12:00pm; Tuesdays 6:00-8:00pm; Wednesdays 1:30-3:00pm. A Notary will also be available at Westergard Library (732-752-1166) Tuesdays 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm, and Wednesdays-Fridays 10:00am-12:00pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm. (These hours were updated November 1, 2016.)

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.

Yes, as a result of the generous support of the Friends of the Piscataway Public Library, the Piscataway Public Library offers museums passes to Grounds for Scuplture, the Intepid Air, Sea and Space Museum, the Morris Museam, and Garden State Discovery Museum. This service is available to Piscataway residents. Learn more here: www.piscatawaylibrary.org/content/museum-pass-program.

The Library supports lifelong learning. In keeping with this, we provide proctoring services free of charge to Piscataway residents and for $25 per test for nonresidents. Tests must be scheduled at least a week in advance and completed during regular library hours.

Fax service is available at Kennedy Library. This is a self-service machine that users automated instructions. 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.faxscan24.com.

Yes. 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 front desk.

The library also offers wireless printing at both the Kennedy and Westergard Branches of Piscataway Public Library. You are able to print in both black/white and color from mobile devices, including smart phones, tablets and laptop computers. You will connect to select wifi networks in order to access wireless printing. Standard printing costs apply. Visit wireless printing for more information.

The library offers a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout the year for all ages. Review the options below for more information.

Summer Reading: Children and teens are invited to assist with the annual Summer Reading Club. Orientation typically takes place in June. Check here for the latest details.

Children's Dept Volunteers: School-aged children are invited to volunteer during the school year as space allows. Check here to see what opportunities are available.

Teen Dept Volunteers: Teen volunteers are utilized during the summer and throughout the school year based on availability of time and projects. Check here to see what opportunities are available.

MiY Makerspace: We are looking for volunteers to lead instruction in the library's makerspace, assist with programs, or oversee open hours in the space. Interested applicants for volunteering in the MiY Lab should contact dbaldwin@piscatawaylibrary.org.

Adult Volunteers, including Community Service: This is where you'll find an online application form. Print volunteer forms are also available at both library branches. Adult volunteers are contacted based on availability of time and projects. If you are fulfilling a requirement for service hours, please indicate the number of hours and any deadlines on the application.

Friends of Piscatway Library: Adults interested in volunteering as an active member of the Friends or during book sales should mark the appropriate box when filling our their Friends membership form. Further questions can be directed to 732-463-1633.

Yes, the library has wireless networks that you can use free of charge 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. The library also offers wireless printing at both the Kennedy and Westergard Branches of Piscataway Public Library. You are able to print in both black/white and color from mobile devices, including smart phones, tablets and laptop computers. You will connect to select wifi networks in order to access wireless printing. Standard printing costs apply. Visit wireless printing for more information.