Volume 29, Number 3, Fall 2007

New Jersey State Library Makes it Easier to Get a Library Card with Online Program

Earlier this year, the New Jersey State Library, in conjunction with the South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative (SJRLC), introduced a way for local public library customers to register quickly and easily for a library card.

The program, Get a Library Card Online, allows potential library customers to register for a library card on the web. It was conceived by SJRLC, which implemented the program as a state library-funded pilot project. SJRLC worked along with fourteen of its QandANJ participating libraries to create and test the service. The pilot libraries successfully used this new service for eighteen months, more than 120 libraries in New Jersey are currently participating. The state library’s goal to get all of the New Jersey public libraries to make Get a Library Card Online available to their customers in the very near future.

New Jersey state librarian Norma E. Blake noted, “The state library is pleased to provide patrons of public libraries with an easy way to get a library card, thus enabling them to use all of the wonderful information services we offer through local libraries.”