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


Internet Use Policy

Internet Safety Policy Mission

The mission of the Atlantic City Free Public Library is to provide services, programs and activities to meet the diverse educational, informational, and recreational needs of the Atlantic City Community. The Atlantic City Free Public Library provides access to the internet as part of this mission.

Internet Access

The internet and the World Wide Web are a world-wide network of computers which enable the Library to provide information beyond the confines of its own collection.

However, the internet is an unregulated medium. Although it offers access to a wealth of material, it also provides access to information that is inaccurate, illegal or that some may find offensive or disturbing. The Library will identify on its website specific Internet sites that have potential interest for Library users. But the Library cannot control a user's access to other Internet resources.

Responsibilities of Library Staff and Users

Library staff will not monitor a user's Internet use, except to ensure adherence to the Library's procedures and policies. The user, or the parent of a minor, is responsible for his or her internet session at all times.

As with all Library resources, the Library affirms the right and responsibility of parents/guardians, NOT Library staff, to determine and monitor their minor children's use of the internet. (Minors are defined in this policy as children and young people under the age of 18 years.) Parents are responsible for their minor children's use of the Library's resources and facilities. Parents who believe that their children cannot responsibly use the Library's internet access are requested to monitor their children's internet use.


While the Library endeavors to provide access to information of the highest quality, the Library specifically disclaims any warrant as to the accuracy, timeliness, authoritativeness, usefulness or fitness for a particular purpose of the information obtained through internet access.

The Library will have no liability for direct, indirect or consequential damages related to the use of information accessed through the Library's internet service.

The Library, having installed and enforced the operation of filtering software in compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act, will have no liability for damages related to the operation of, or failure of, the filtering software, or for its circumvention by users.

Since software and information downloaded from any source, including the Internet, may contain computer viruses, users are advised to utilize virus checking software on their home computers. The Library is not responsible for damage to users' disks or computers or for any loss of data, damage or liability that may occur from use of the Library's computers.

Unacceptable Uses of Computers

Among the uses that are considered unacceptable and which constitute a violation of this policy are the following:

1. Uses that violate the law or encourage others to violate the law. Transmitting of offensive or harassing messages; offering for sale or use any substance the possession or use of which is prohibited by law; viewing, transmitting or downloading pornographic materials or materials that encourage others to violate the law; downloading or transmitting confidential, trade secret information, or copyrighted materials. Even if materials on the networks are not marked with the copyright symbol, users should assume that all materials are protected unless there is explicit permission on the materials to use them.

2. Uses that cause harm to others or damage to their property. Engaging in defamation (harming another's reputation by lies); uploading a worm, virus, trojan horse, time bomb or other harmful form of programming or vandalism; participating in hacking activities or any form of unauthorized access to other computers, networks, or information systems.

3. Uses that jeopardize the security of access to the computer network or other networks on the Internet. Disclosing or sharing the user's password with others; impersonating another user; using one's own software programs on the library's computers; altering the Library's computer settings; damaging or modifying computer equipment or software.

4. Uses that compromise the safety and security of minors when using email, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications: Minors under age 17: Giving others private information about one's self or others, including credit card numbers and social security numbers; arranging a face-to-face meeting with someone one has met on the computer network or Internet without a parent's permission.

5. Uses that Violate Confidentiality of Information: The New Jersey Confidentiality of Library Records Law (NJSA 18A:73-43.2) prohibits unauthorized disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal information regarding Library users, including minors. Personally identifiable information about users may not be disclosed or used in any way, except to law enforcement authorities as provided in the law. Users should be aware, however, that due to the technical difficulties involved in providing absolute security, transactions and files may become public.

Technology Protection Measures

The Library, either by itself or in combination with its Internet access provider, will install filtering software or other technologies on all library computers with Internet access, and will enforce the operation of same during any use of those computers, to prevent minors from accessing visual depictions that are (1) obscene, (2) child pornography, or (3) harmful to minors.

The term harmful to minors is defined by the Communications Act of 1934 (47 USC Section 254 [h][7]), as meaning any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion; depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.

Filtering software is not foolproof. It diminishes the likelihood that searchers will inadvertently retrieve text or images that they may find offensive, but does not eliminate that possibility. Filters often block access to sites that users would consider both inoffensive and useful.

If a user does not find what is needed, the user should ask a librarian for help. Technology protection measures may be disabled by a library staff member, as necessary, for bona fide research or other lawful purposes by people aged 17 and older.


The Library staff will develop such rules and procedures as are necessary to ensure the fair and reasonable use of Internet access.

Response to Violations

The user's access to the Library's computer network and internet is a privilege, not a right. A user violates this policy by his or her own action or by failing to report any violations by other users that come to the attention of the user. Further, a user violates this policy if he or she permits another to use his or her account or password to access the computer network and internet. Failure to comply with this policy and its procedures will result in the loss of computer privileges, potential loss of library privileges and possible prosecution.