- 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 meeting space?
Renew a Book
The Highland Park Public Library loan period and number of renewals vary by material type, which you can view on our Lending Policies. If the item you wish to renew is eligible and no one is waiting for it, you may renew it online (with your library card number and PIN), by calling the library at 732-572-2750, or using the HPPL app on your smartphone.
Get a Library Card
Anyone, regardless of age, who lives or owns property in Highland Park, as well as those who work or go to school in town, is eligible for a Highland Park Public Library card, and can borrow all lendable materials following the library’s Lending Policies. Find full details about resident, nonresident, and reciprocal borrowing privileges on our Borrower Policies.
Find a Book
The Library has an online catalog. You may search for an item 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 library card number and PIN, search the catalog to find the item you wish to request, and click on PLACE HOLD. You may also request an item over the phone, or in person through a paper item request form available at the circulation desk.
Please review the library’s Lending Policies for all information about loan periods, renewals, and late fees.
Make a Gift
The Highland Park Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your monetary gifts are welcome and tax deductible! The library accepts online donations through PayPal, as well as contributions by check or cash. Learn how you can 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. You can also give to the library through donations or service to the HPPL Friends of the Library.
Research a Topic
Library patrons may request reference help for school or personal research for any age at any time. Many sources of research information are available in the library in reference books, the general collection, magazines/journals and online databases. Reference librarians 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, whose reliable, diligent efforts are appreciated on a daily basis. Patrons who would like to volunteer are welcome to call the library to discuss available opportunities. (Please note, as of March 2020, the library unable to utilize volunteers at this time. However, please feel free to share your interest with us by phone or email so that we can work to make accommodations for your service at a later time!)
Get a book from another library
The Highland Park Public Library cooperates with many area libraries to share collections. A request to borrow a book from another library for checkout at HPPL must be made in person or over the phone. Many local libraries share at least a portion of their collections in-person as well, but we recommend that you call the library you wish to visit to verify that they will loan the item to you before you go. The libraries listed here honor a reciprocal relationship allowing you to use your HPPL card at their location following a brief registration process. (Please note, as of March 2020, some libraries must more severely limit access to their collections. Call before you go!)
See the library’s Use of Library Facilities for more information. Patrons may also reserve quiet study room space for specific times by calling the library. (Please note, as of March 2020, meeting room and study spaces are unavailable for use by the public at this time.)