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Fairfield Library Card
In order to apply for a free library card, residents are required to show proof that they live in town. Each card expires after three (3) years, but may be renewed with valid proof of address. Your library card can be used a the Fairfield Free Public Library, as well as any of the PALS Plus consortium libraries.
If you are in good standing, you can also receive an Open Borrowing sticker for your card, which allows you to borrow in participating Middlesex, Morris, Sussex, and Warren county libraries.
Additionally, as an Essex County library card holder, you can participate in ReBL (Reciprocal Essex Borrowing Libraries). This sticker, which is issued for the calendar year, entitles the cardholder to borrow materials from participating libraries., Get a ReBL sticker for your library card at our circulation desk. ReBL stickers must be renewed annually, and they are free of charge for Fairfield residents.
A fee of $2.00 will be charged for the replacement of a lost or damaged library card.
Circulation of Materials
All items in the library may be checked out for a period of three (3) weeks EXCEPT:
DVDs – loan period of one (1) week, with a maximum of 10 movies per check out and 2 new movies per check out
Museum Passes – loan period of three (3) days
Reference Material – may not be taken out of library; for in-library use only
Eligible items will be automatically renewed on the day they are due. Their due date will be extended for another loan period.
Check your account online, or if you are currently signed up for email notifications, we'll email you a summary of what we were able to renew and what could not be renewed. Please note that not all items are eligible for this service.
We can't auto-renew:
**Items that have been requested by other patrons.
**Items that have already reached their renewal limit.
Your library card must also be current, and in good standing. (New! Pay your library fines by credit card from home!)
Inter Library Loan
If a certain item is not in our library, or within the PALS Plus catalog:, we provide an Inter-Library Loan (ILL) service through JerseyCat. With this service, we request the book from a library outside of our consortium. It is up to the owning library to determine if they will lend the item to our library. The owning library will also determine the amount of time allotted, and renewals allowed, for check out. Please call us at 973-227-3575 or contact us on the button below to place an Inter-Library Loan. NOTE: Owning library reserves the right to deny renewal.
Visit the museum on us!
Check out museum passes FREE with your library card!
We currently have passes to the following museums:
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space
Museum Montclair Art Museum
**Museum openings and schedules may vary due to COVID-19. Please call the museums directly.
Supporting our schools!
Supporting our Schools!
Let us know when your class will be working on an assignment and we'll gather our resources for you!
We warmly welcome virtual visit requests from any public or private school in the West Essex area, from Preschool to Grade 12. Email us to schedule your visit!
The Fairfield Public Library Board of Trustees are charged under New Jersey State law with overseeing the operation of the library. The Board consists of Fairfield residents who are appointed by the Mayor. The Mayor and the Board of Education are permanent members of the Board, and they may appoint alternates to serve in their place.
2023 Board of Trustees:
Antonia La Forgia, President
Helen Metallo, Vice President
Geremia Helou, Secretary
Jason Kirk, Treasurer
Christopher Parillo, Board Member
Darlene Gesell, Board Member
Donna Cifelli, Board Member
Lisa MacIntosh, Board of Education Representative
Hon Mayor William Galese, Township Mayor
Monthly meetings will be held at 7:00 pm in the Library’s Meeting Room.
2023 BOARD MEETING DATES:
3rd Wednesday of the month @ 7pm
Fairfield Library Meeting Room
January 4 (Re-Organization)
No meeting in August
January 3, 2024
2022 Library Board of Trustees
Standing from Left to Right:
Chris Parillo, Jason Kirk, Hon. Mayor James Garparini
Front Row from Left to Right:
Geri Helou, Darlene Gesell, Antonia LaForgia, Helen Metallo,
Library Director Maria Manigbas
Maria Manigbas, MLS: Library Director
Jaime O'Donnell, MLIS: Librarian
Frank Arcuri: Senior Library Assistant
Malti Patel: Senior Library Assistant
Christina Hammer: Library Assistant
Lisa Giuffre: Library Assistant
Anthony Agrifolio: Library Assistant
Please be sure to follow all state and CDC health and safety guidelines and library procedures before and during your visit.
- Monday - Tuesday09:00am - 08:30pm
- Wednesday09:00am - 05:00pm
- Thursday09:00am - 08:30pm
- Friday09:00am - 05:00pm
- Saturday10:00am - 04:00pm
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