Residents: 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.
North Caldwell and Essex Fells Residents: Residents of these two townships are allowed to register for a library card for a period of one (1) year for a fee of $40. This card can only be used at Fairfield Free Public Library. Additional ReBL membership fees are $210.
Business patrons: Those who work in Fairfield Township are eligible to register for a period of one (1) year without charge, pending verification of employment. At the end of the one (1) year period, each business patron will once again be asked to show current proof of both his work and home addresses and phone numbers.
Courtesy Cards: Any person who presents proof that he/she is 65 years of age or older may register without charge, for a three (3) year period. Additional ReBL membership fees are $250.
ReBL Cards: Fairfield residents age 18 or older, with no outstanding fines from any other library, may be eligible to receive a Reciprocal Borrowing & Lending (ReBL) card free of charge. This card, which is issued for the calendar year, entitles the cardholder to borrow materials from participating libraries. Persons who do not live or work in Fairfield, but who do live in other towns in Essex County, may obtain a ReBL card and a Fairfield card for a fee of $250.00 ($40.00 for a Fairfield card and $210.00 for the ReBL card). In this situation, the ReBL card cannot be purchased without also purchasing a Fairfield card. The rules and regulations of the Fairfield Free Public Library, ALA, and the New Jersey State Library for borrowing and circulation also apply.
A fee of $2.00 will be charged for the replacement of a lost or damaged library card.