Borrowing, Renewals, Returns & Fees

You can renew items in-person, through the online catalog or the LMXPress Plus app, or by phone at (732) 632-8526. An item can only be renewed if there are no hold requests on it.

You can return all items except mobile hotspots through the book return slot, available 24/7, located to the right of the rear entrance doors, where the parking lot is located. There is no return slot at the front entrance.

Mobile hotspots must be returned to the Library’s main desk during open hours.

Metuchen Public Library is a member library of the Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium (LMxAC), a non-profit membership organization which provides a full range of library automation services to its member libraries since 1986. You may use your library card to borrow and request materials from any LMxAC member library.

List of LMxAC member libraries

In addition, LMxAC member libraries participate in Open Borrowing, a reciprocal borrowing program among more than 150 public libraries in northern New Jersey. Some libraries may have their own borrowing restrictions and requirements. The participating libraries of Open Borrowing are:

  • LMxAC (Libraries Of Middlesex Automation Consortium)
  • M.A.I.N. (Morris Automated Information Network)
  • PALS Plus (Passaic County Library System)
  • HCL (Hunterdon County Libraries)
  • SWELL (Sussex Warren Electronic Lending Libraries)

For more information about Open Borrowing, visit

You can request most library materials within LMxAC through the online catalog or the LMXPress Plus app. Some restrictions may be applied by the lending libraries for reciprocal borrowing. You will need a valid library card to place a hold. When your hold request is available to be picked up, you will be notified via email or phone (depending on what you selected at registration).

If an item you would like is not available within LMxAC, you may request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) at the main service desk. ILL requests can be placed by Metuchen Library cardholders only, and there is no guarantee of availability.

Loan periods, renewal limits, and fines are listed below. Please view the Metuchen Library Fines and Fees Policy for additional details.

Library items can be renewed via the LMxPress Plus app, by phone at 732-632-8526, or at Fines can be paid in-person at the library (cash or check only) or online with SMART PAY.

Circulation List
DVDs & Videos 1 Week 1 renewal $1.00
New Books 2 Weeks 1 renewal $0.30
Adult and YA Books (Except New Books) 3 Weeks 2 renewals $0.20
Audiobooks (New) 2 Weeks 1 renewal $0.20
Audiobooks in CD, Cassette, and Playaway 2 Weeks 2 renewals $0.20
All Juvenile Books, Audiobooks & Magazines 3 Weeks 2 renewals $0.10
Interlibrary Loan (JerseyCat) 2 Weeks 1 renewal $0.50
Interlibrary Loan (LMxAC) Various 1 renewal Various
Magazine (Current Issue) Non-Circ
Magazines (Back Issues) 2 Weeks 2 renewals $0.20
Museum Passes 3 Days NO renewal $10.00
Music CDs 2 Weeks 2 renewals $0.20
Books (Foreign Language) 2 Weeks 2 renewals $0.20
DVD-Multi (e.g. TV series) 3 Weeks 1 renewal $1.00
Reference Materials Non-Circ


List updated on 07/09/2018