To obtain a West Orange Library card please bring a valid form of photo identification and proof of your current West Orange residency (e.g. mortgage statement, lease, or utility bill). For children, please bring a copy of their birth certificate, school ID card, or report card in addition to their parent or guardian's valid photo ID and proof of residency. Library cards are issued on site by our staff. Accepted forms of photo identification include: valid driver's license, passport, or state issued identification.
Membership to the West Orange Public Library includes membership to the Bergen County Cooperative Library System (BCCLS) and the Reciprocal Borrowing and Lending (ReBL) system with participating Essex County libraries.*
If you are not a West Orange resident but you own property, work, or attend a West Orange school you are entitled to a Courtesy Card. To obtain a Courtesy Card, please bring a valid form of photo identification and proof of property ownership (such as a tax bill), proof of employment in West Orange (acceptable forms include: a pay stub or current letter from employer), or your school ID. Courtesy card holders are able to borrow physical materials from the West Orange Public Library and may also request physical materials from other libraries through the West Orange Public Library's Reference Department.
If you live in one of the participating ReBL townships and wish to borrow materials from the West Orange Library please obtain a current ReBL sticker from your home library and bring a valid photo ID so we may register your card in our system. ReBL patrons may borrow 7-Day DVDs (with the exception of new children's DVDs) and 28-Day materials.
*Please note: Borrowing and lending policies vary by library.
The Library also offers a Paid Membership Card. Paid memberships are for people who live out of town, but would like to enjoy the services provided by the West Orange Public Library. Paid memberships may reserve West Orange materials and request Interlibrary Loans however these requests must be made through the Reference Department. Unfortunately Paid Cards do not have privileges at other BCCLS Libraries or for eBCCLS.
The BCCLScatalog offers keyword, title, author, browse and several other searches. Here are some tips for searching the catalog. For indepth help, contact a Reference Librarian at 973.736.0198.
If you would like to suggest a library purchase, please visit our Suggest a Purchase page found under the Catalog section of this website. You may also place your item suggestion in the Suggestion Box located on the first shelf of the audiobooks section in the library. Suggestions are checked for industry reviews prior to purchasing. If you have any questions please call the Department Head of Collection Services, Catherine LaBelle, at 973-736-0198 extension 229.
The Library accepts payment for fines in the form of cash, check, or credit card. Credit payments are subject to a $1.00 convenience fee. The library does not accept payment online or over the telephone at this time.
The Library accepts book donations of popular fiction published within the last three years. Due to a lack of space, the Library is unable to accept all donations. As a courtesy, the Reference Department has compiled a list of locations that accept material donations.
The Library is always looking for ways to improve service to our patrons. Suggestions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Library offers a meeting room space for public presentations only. The meeting room accommodates up to 50 people seated with chairs. To request the meeting room please review the Meeting Room Policy and fill out an
online application. There is a $100 security deposit required with each application. Paper copies of the policy and application are available at the Circulation Desk.
To check Meeting Room availability please click here.
The Library also offers a room for patrons being tutored for a maximum of two hours per session. The room is equipped with a whiteboard and a computer with internet and word processing available. Please see the Reference Desk for questions regarding the Literacy Room or to schedule the room. You may also place a reservation here. The room is available on a first-come-first-serve basis. To check availability, click here.
Apply for a Job
Open positions will be posted online. To apply, fill out an application and submit your cover letter and resumé to David Cubie, Library Director at West Orange Public Library 46 Mount Pleasant Avenue West Orange, NJ 07052. Paper copies of the application are available at the Circulation Desk.