Library cards are issued to all Kenilworth residents who provide proof of residency in the form of a valid drivers license, mortgage bill, rent receipt, phone or utility bill, or other document indicating both the person's name and address. In the case of children under 18, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the child to the library, provide proof of residency, and sign the child's application. A child's parent or legal guardian is responsible for all items checked out on their child's card. Library cards are issued for a three year period and proof of residency will be verified at time of renewal.
People who are not residents of Kenilworth are also eligible for borrowing privileges if they are employed or attend school in Kenilworth. Proof of employment or school enrollment must be presented at the time of registration. A parent or guardian must sign the application at the time of registration for children under the age of 18.
People who reside in any of the municipalities that participate in the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Associated Libraries (M.U.R.A.L.) are also eligible to register for borrowing privileges. Participating communities include: Berkeley Heights, Bound Brook, Carteret, Clark, Cranbury, Cranford, Dunellen, Edison, Elizabeth, Fanwood, Garwood, Highland Park, Hillside, Jamesburg, Linden, Long Branch, and New Province, North Brunswick, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, Sayreville, Scotch Plains, Somerville, South Amboy, South Brunswick, South Plainfield, South River, Spotswood, Springfield, Union, and Westfield. Anyone registering at the Kenilworth Public Library through the M.U.R.A.L. agreement must have a library card and be in good standing at their home library.
People who do not fall into any of the above categories may purchase a Kenilworth library card at a cost of $70.00 per year. All categories of non-resident borrowing privileges are issued for a one year period and proof of eligibility must be presented at the time of renewal.
People wishing to check out library materials must present their library card upon approaching the circulation desk. Materials will not be checked out without either a library card or other valid form of identification.
The fee for a lost library card is $1.00.