- How do I renew a book?
- How do I get a library card?
- How do I find a book?
- How do I reserve a book?
- How long can I keep a book or DVD?
- Oops! I’m late. How much do I owe?
- How do I make a gift to the library?
- How do I research a topic?
- How do I volunteer?
- How do I get a book from another library?
- How do I reserve space?
Renew a Book
The Highland Park Public Library loan period is two weeks for most materials. If no one is waiting for the book, you may renew it by calling the library at 732-572-2750 or online by visiting hpplnj.org, selecting the catalog, and logging in to your account by entering your barcode # and password (generally, the last 4 digits of your telephone number).
Get a Library Card
All Highland Park residents are eligible for a free library card. Bring proof of residence to the library to apply for and receive your card. Children accompanied by an adult may apply for their own cards. If you do not reside in Highland Park, a one-year card is available for $75 per year per family. More on Library Cards
Find a Book
The Library has an electronic catalog. All computers in the library access the catalog, as well as the library website at www.hpplnj.org. You may search for a book by author, title, keyword, subject, series and other parameters. Reference librarians are available to help you during all hours that the library is open.
Reserve a Book
Any patron with a valid library card may reserve a book using the library’s online catalog
- Login to the catalog by entering your barcode # and password
(generally, the last 4 digits of your telephone number)
- Search the catalog to find the item you wish to request
- Click the button marked PLACE HOLD
Patrons can also fill out a book request form available at the circulation desk.
Generally, you may keep a book for fourteen days, with one renewal. Films on tape or DVDs, the loan period is two days with no renewal.
- Books, Periodicals, Paperbacks: Fine is 10 cents/day
- Books on Tape/Books on CD: Fine is 50 cents/day
- Compact Discs: Fine is 50 cents/day
- Videotapes/DVD’s (limit 2 per card): Fine is $2.00/day
- Children’s Game CD-ROMS (limit 3): Fine is 50 cents/day
Make a Gift
The Highland Park Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your monetary gifts are welcome and tax deductible! Learn how YOU make a difference to your library. Everyone in the community benefits from your generosity.
For non-monetary donations such as books or other materials, please see the reference librarian.
Research a Topic
Library patrons may request reference help for school or personal research at any time. Many sources of research information are available in the library in reference books, the general collection, magazines/journals and online databases. A reference librarian will assist you with specific sources for your needs, which may include quality sources of information about literature/fiction, medicine, law, business and many other topics.
The library is lucky to have many volunteers, usually young adults of high school age. Their reliable, diligent efforts are appreciated on a daily basis. Patrons of working age who would like to volunteer are welcome to call the library to discuss the opportunities.
Get a Book from Another Library
The Highland Park Public Library cooperates with many area libraries to share collections. To search for a book not owned by the Library, select the “Other Libraries” option on the electronic catalog page, which is accessible in the library or at www.hpplnj.org. A request to borrow a book from another library must be made in person at the library. Area libraries usually do not loan items other than books.
Request a copy of the Board of Trustees’ “Use of Library Facilities” document by calling the library at 732-572-2750. Patrons may also reserve quiet study room space for specific times by calling the library.