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Joining the Library

The Clifton Library encourages all individuals who are residents of Clifton, who work, or own property in Clifton to apply for a library card!

Stop by the Circulation Desk at either the Main Library or Allwood Branch. If you are age 18 or older, you will be asked to present both 1 current proof of identity and 1 proof of address to obtain and renew a card.  Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and follow the registration guidelines.

Acceptable proofs of identity include:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Passport
  • US Military ID
  • Valid Passaic County ID card
  • Valid state-issued non-driver ID
  • Permanent resident card

Acceptable proofs of residence include:

  • Utility Bill: PSE&G, telephone, water
  • Lease
  • Cable television bill
  • City tax bill (required for non-resident property owners)
  • Current bank statement
  • Car insurance
  • Payroll stub

All items presented should be current from within the last 30 days.

People employed in Clifton may receive a free library card by presenting one of the following items together with a proof of their identity and proof of their home address:

  • Dated letter from employer on company letterhead
  • Most recent pay stub

If you live outside of Clifton, you will be able to use the library card from your hometown if it is up-to-date and part of our Open Borrowing network.


Individuals not entitled to a free card may join the library with full privileges for an annual fee of $50.00.


Lost cards can be replaced for $3.00. It is important to advise the Library if a card is lost to avoid misuse if found by someone else.


William Paterson University students may use their valid school card if they do not have a hometown card from within the Open Borrowing network.


Updated 4/15


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