Library Card Application Form

Online Library Card Application

To apply for an Atlantic City Library Card you must fill out the form below. Free membership is given to residents of Atlantic County, Ocean City and Avalon, NJ. All other applicants can apply for non-resident subscriber membership at $30.00 per year. If you are applying for a subscriber membership please send a personal check or money order via the postal service to:
The Atlantic City Free Public Library
1 N. Tennessee Ave.
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
payable to : The Atlantic City Free Public Library. Please note on the check that it is to be applied to your membership fee.

You will receive an application in the mail within three (3) business days of submitting this electronic application form. Please come to the Library with the received application filled out along with one of the following forms of identification:

  • New Jersey Drivers License
  • New Jersey Casino Control Commission license
  • A computer generated bill from a major credit card company or local utility. It must be postmarked within the last 30 days.

Please note that you must submit identification that matches the address that appears on your application.

Please fill out the form below:

First Name(*)
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Date of Birth(*)
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Street Address(*)
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Zip Code(*)

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Email Notification

Would you like a quick, easy way to find out when your books on hold are ready to pick up? How about a reminder that your items are due? You can get all that through email Notices.

How do I sign up?

To sign up for email notices, you will need to log in to "Log in to Your Account" .

Once you have logged in, click on the button that says "Modify Personal Info".   On this page, you will see a form with a text field for your email address. Please be sure to type in the complete email address and be sure that it is correct. Once you have completed the form, click the "Submit" button.

If you ever need to change or delete your email address from our system, you simply need to use the Log in to Your Account section to change or delete the information.

Please be aware that this service replaces paper mailers. At this time we are not able to send both paper and email notices. Also, if you are unable to check your email regularly, this service may not be right for you.

Will I receive other mailings from the Library or from other Agencies if I use this service?

All patron information to be private and confidential. We do not release or sell any patron information, including names, addresses, phone numbers, or email addresses.

If you sign up for email notices, we will use your email address only for Atlantic City Free Public Library business.

What if my email address becomes unreachable?

Our system is designed to watch for "bounced" or "returned" email messages. When an email message is returned to us, we determine if the message is a "critical" message (i.e. a hold notice or overdue notice). In these cases, we generate a backup paper mailer and send it to you.

If there are too many email messages returned from your account, our system will automatically switch your account settings so that you will receive only paper notices.


Borrowing Guidelines

Using Your card

It's easy! Present your card each time you wish to borrow library materials. You can also use your card to access library databases, download audiobooks, ask reference questions 24 hours a day, and make a computer reservation.

You are responsible for all items which have been borrowed on your card. Please inform library staff immediately if your card has been lost or stolen, or if you have changed your address. We cannot check out additional materials if you have overdue items or unpaid fines.

Borrowing Guidelines

Your library card allows you to borrow a maximum of 10 items at one time with the following limits:

A maximum of 2

  • New DVD's
  • Video Games
  • Items on the same subject
  • Items by the same author or recording artist
  • Encyclopedia volumes

A maximum of 5

  • Videos or DVDs

Children under 12 years of age may borrow audiovisual items (cassettes, CDs, videos, and DVDs) from the Juvenile collection only. Young adults (ages 12-17) may borrow audiovisual items from any collection, including videos and DVDs with an MPAA rating lower than R.

All items may be returned to the Circulation Desk or to the bookdrops located at the library's entrance on Tennessee avenue. Please remember that there are separate book drops for print and audio visual items.

Borrowing Rules and Fees
Item Borrow for Renewals Overdue fee per item
New DVD's One Day
No Fee
None $1.00 per day
($30.00 maximum)
New Video Games

Three Days            No Fee


$1.00 per day

($30.00 maximum)

Regular Video Games

One Week

No Fee


$1.00 per day

($30.00 maximum)

Informational, Older Entertainment Videos & DVD's One Week
No Fee
None $.10 per day
($30.00 maximum)
New Fiction Two Weeks
No Fee
None $.10 per day
($3.00 maximum/item)


One Week
No Fee
None $.10 per day
($3.00 maximum/item)

New CDs

One Week
No Fee
None $.10 per day
($3.00 maximum/item)
CDs Three Weeks
No Fee
None $.10 per day
($3.00 maximum/item)
Juvenile Books Three Weeks
No Fee
One None
All Other Items Three Weeks
No Fee
One $.10 per day
($3.00 maximum/item)


Other Fees
Item Cost
Lost or Stolen Library Cards $5.00
Video Rewind Fee $.50
Lost or Damaged Library Materials Cost of item plus a $3.00 processing fee
Reserves - Items not in the Library's Collection Books
Magazine Articles
$2.00 less than 10 pages / $3.00 more than 10 pages
Printed Material

$.10 per Black & White page

$.25 per Color page

Heston Collection Fees See Copy and Research Fees for more information

The Atlantic City Free Public Library Mission Statement:

The Atlantic City Free Public Library provides resources and programs to meet the diverse educational, recreational and informational needs of the Atlantic City Community.

Donating Materials to the Library


The Library will designate donated items that cannot be used in the collection for the ongoing book sale or recycling. This policy does not cover monetary and furniture/equipment donations.


To assist the public in making informed decisions regarding material they may wish to donate and to provide direction to staff for the acceptance, disposition and acknowledgement of material donations.

Conditions of Acceptance

  • All materials donated become the exclusive property of the Atlantic City Free Public Library and will not be returned.
  • Materials may or may not become part of the Library collection.
  • Material donations should be in good condition, i.e. not musty, moldy, damp, etc.
  • Historic materials of Atlantic City/County will be reviewed specifically by Reference Department staff and not fall under the guidelines of regular donated materials. These materials will be accepted under the Alfred M. Heston Collection Development Policy.
  • Restrictions and special instructions placed on gifts by donors may not be followed.
  • Materials donated to the Library are accepted upon the same basis as purchased materials using the Materials Selection Policy.
  • Materials donated are accepted with the understanding that if the Library can not use them, the Library may at any time dispose of the items.
  • The Library does not provide an itemized list. The Library will supply the donating individual with a donation acknowledgement.
  • Appraisals are not performed by Librarians. Donors must obtain appraisals prior to acceptance of the materials.
  • Unwanted material donations are sent to the ongoing Book Sale or placed in recycling.

Unacceptable Materials

Staff will decide to keep material they deem appropriate for initial acceptance as donations. However, as a guideline the list provided below shows materials that are generally not accepted:
Magazines (including National Geographic)
Materials that are dusty, damp, moldy or in otherwise poor condition
Outdated materials