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How Can I Obtain a Library Card?


If you would like to register for a library card (eligibility information below), visit this link to apply online.

If you are having issues with your account during the library’s closure, please email

If you have any questions about linking your card to one of our digital resources, please email

Staff are regularly checking email and ready to assist you.

Work in Montclair, Attend school in Montclair, Paid Membership, BCCLS, and ReBL library cards cannot access the following resources: Overdrive/Libby, hoopla, Kanopy, RBDigital, museum passes, WiFi hotspots, or Kindles. The same restrictions apply to library cardholders that have temporary residence in Montclair.

Click here for the Library Card Policy

Live in Montclair

Patrons are required to have proof of address, such as a driver’s license, utility bill or lease. Children, ages up to and including 11, need their application signed by a parent or guardian. Montclair taxpayers who reside elsewhere will have to present a copy of the current quarter’s Tax Bill from the Township of Montclair, along with their personal identification. The card will expire three years from the date of issue.

Work in Montclair

Acceptable identification is a pay stub or a completed “Works in Montclair Form” as well as a driver’s license for home address. The courtesy card will expire one year from the date of issue.

Learn in Montclair

For those students who go to school in Montclair but live elsewhere, acceptable verification is a tuition bill, printed schedule, or report card.

Paid Membership

Cards can be purchased by anyone for $65.00. They are good for one year and can be used by members of the cardholder’s immediate family. Paid membership fees are non-refundable.

Borrowing with a ReBL or BCCLS card

Montclair Public Library is a member of Reciprocal Essex Borrowing Libraries (ReBL), a consortium of 23 public and university libraries in Essex County, New Jersey (see below). ReBL extends borrowing privileges to cardholders with a valid card from their local library. Each card must have a current ReBL sticker. Stickers expire at the end of the calendar year and may be renewed at any member library. Borrowers must adhere to the rules of the lending library.

MPL is also a member of BCCLS, a consortium of 77 public libraries in NJ’s Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Passaic Counties. Libraries that participate in ReBL are listed below — libraries which are also members of the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS) are indicated with an asterisks.

Belleville Public Library, Bloomfield College Library, Bloomfield Public Library*, Caldwell University Library, Caldwell Public Library, Cedar Grove Public Library, East Orange Public Library, Essex County College Library, Fairfield Public Library, Glen Ridge Library*, Irvington Public Library, Livingston Public Library*, Maplewood Public Library*, Newark Public Library, Orange Public Library, Roseland Free Public Library*, Rutgers-Newark (Dana Library), Seton Hall University Library, South Orange Public Library, Verona Public Library, West Caldwell Public Library, West Orange Public Library*

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Curbside Pickup

The Montclair Public Library is offering curbside pickup by appointment at the Main Library. Click here for full details. Returns can be made 24/7 at the Main Library and Bellevue Avenue Branch. Both buildings remain closed to the public.