If you see “privilege expired” on your library account record, or while accessing one of our digital media collections, you must renew your library card privileges. Visit any of our branches with proper ID and proof of residency.
Updating your account by presenting identification is a security feature we require all patrons to do once a year. This ensures that we have the correct information should we need to help or contact you.
Note: An expired privilege does not prevent you from logging in to your library account online; however, it does affect digital media access.
Every year your library card needs to be renewed which helps us keep your information current. For your security, this must be done in person.
Go to any branch with the proper ID and staff member will update your privileges for you.
Visit any library branch with the proper ID and a staff member will issue you a new card and account number.
For your security, card holders must come in person. There is no charge for replacement cards.
If you have forgotten your PIN, visit your nearest branch library with proper ID and a staff member will be able give you the information. PINs cannot be relayed over the phone for security reasons.
The Atlantic County Library System (ACLS) issues free library cards to residents of Atlantic County, and to residents of those communities having reciprocal borrowing agreements with ACLS. Citizens whose residency does not make them eligible for cards may purchase library cards on an annual or quarterly basis.
For more detailed information visit the Join the Library page.
Your library PIN can only be changed by library staff members. Visit any branch with your library card and proper ID.
For security, PINs cannot be relayed or changed over the phone.
To access your library account information online. A link to log in to your library account is found at the top of all library web pages and in our catalog. This allows you to find out what items you currently have out, what you have on hold, what's overdue and if you have any fines. You can also place items on hold online and renew items you have checked out.
To access your account, renew items and place holds from our mobile app.
To log in to a public computer at any of our branches and to print materials.
To access digital media services (eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines, music downloads, streaming video) and to login to some of our databases.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Always keep your PIN private. Never share your card number or PIN with anyone.
If there are no holds on an item, or you have not reached your renewal limit, you can renew it in person at any branch, by phone or online by logging into your library account.
Different items have different borrowing policies. Please check the Borrowing, Renewals & Fines Policy page for more information.
There can be many reasons for this:
If none of these is the reason, please visit any branch for help. Barcodes and PINs cannot be shared or changed over the phone for security reasons.
Place an item on "hold" by using the Place Hold feature in our online catalog. After logging into your account, you can select your preferred pick up location. You will be notified by phone when your item is available for pick up.
If you are having trouble, call or visit any branch and a staff member will be happy to assist you.
We are in the process of setting up email notifications for available holds. If this is something you would like in the future, please make sure your account is updated with your current email.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is cooperative lending program that allows our patrons access to millions of items nationwide and lets you request items not owned by us. You may request books, CDs, DVDs, videos and audio books using this service.
Requests can be made online through a Jerseycat* search, by contacting our Reference Center or by visiting one of our local branches. If the item cannot be located through Jerserycat, fill out a Request Materials Form.
*Jerseycat is New Jersey’s statewide virtual catalog and interlibrary loan system. It is provided to member libraries within New Jersey by the New Jersey State Library and LibraryLinkNJ, the New Jersey Library Cooperative.
Another option is to suggest a purchase. Please be advised that there is no guarantee when or if the item will be acquired.
Absolutely. To access our digital media services, your account must be up to date and you will need to know your correct 14 digit library card number and PIN.
Yes. Atlantic County Library System patrons have access to our Books-By-Mail service.
For more detailed information on using our primary catalog, see Enterprise Help.
*If you have restrictions that prohibit you from visiting one of our branches, please contact the branch manager to see what can be arranged to assist you.
Books-By-Mail, Bookmobile and digital media services are also available to those who cannot visit one of our branches.
Fines can be paid by cash or check at any of our branches. We do not accept debit or credit cards.
To learn about borrowing periods and fine accrual for different types of materials, click here.
If a library item you are sure you returned is still showing up in your checkout list, please contact your local branch. Knowing the approximate date and to which branch you returned it would be very useful information for the staff.
You are responsible for the replacement costs, plus a $2.00 processing fee, for any damaged, lost or stolen items that were checked out on your library card. Click here for more detailed information on our Borrowing, Renewal and Fine Policy page.
Charges for interlibrary loan items (ILL) are set by the lending library. Please contact our Reference Center for further information and payment instructions.
Yes, all ACLS branches have free, open Wi-Fi available. Our connection is named ACLS Free, no password is required and anyone can use it.
Ventnor Branch offers a free Wi-Fi connection that in addition to providing access at the library, reaches out to the beach between Newport and New Haven Avenues.
Branches that have the space and personnel will offer exam proctoring. Please call the branch of your preference in advance to schedule a time, room or computer if available.
Click here for our complete policy on exam proctoring.
Some branches will accept book, CD and/or DVD donations. However, branches do reserve the right to refuse items because of their condition or lack of space. Please, call ahead to see if donations are being taken at that time.
If donations are not placed in our collection they may be used for book sales, sponsored by the Atlantic County Library Foundation, which help funds library programming.
Some branches do accept volunteer help from students and adults.
Contact each branch individually or go to the volunteering page of the Atlantic County Government website.
The Atlantic County Library Foundation was created to support the Atlantic County Library System. Donations made to the ACLF help sponsor programs, events and workshops as well as purchasing books and equipment that educate, entertain and benefit the community.