The resources of the Bankier Library at Brookdale primarily support the instructional and research needs of the College’s full-time and part-time students, faculty and staff. Guest borrowing privileges are extended to Brookdale Special Patrons, Alumni, High Technology High School (HTHS) faculty and community patrons (Monmouth County residents). Guests and visitors do not have access to the library databases remotely from off campus.

All guests and visitors are welcome to use any available resources, including the wireless network (WiFi) within the library.

Library ID Card Required

To register as a library user, follow the registration guidelines listed below. Bring the required identifying documentation to the Circulation Desk located on the 2nd floor of the Bankeir Library. A courtesy library card will be issued to you upon verification of the required documentation.

Special Patrons
Must be referred by Brookdale Community College Foundation or by the President’s office.
Proof of current alumni membership card and picture driver’s license or driver’ license and picture ID.
High Technology High School Faculty
HTHS ID and another picture ID or picture ID and verification of HTHS status.
Community Patrons
Picture driver’s license with proper address or driver’s license and picture ID; minimum age requirement of 17 years.


Your courtesy library card must be renewed annually to continue your borrowing privileges. Unique barcode numbers on the card link all of the materials you borrow to your library account. It is your responsibility to return all borrowed materials to the library in good condition, without evidence of damage and within the specified loan period. Should the materials be damaged, you will be held responsible.

You may borrow damaged materials; please alert the staff to the damage so that you will not be held responsible for their condition when they are returned.

Loan Periods

The following will outline which items may be borrowed, how many, and for how long. The staff at the Information Desk and Circulation Desk (732-224-2935) will be able to provide specific details to you.

Books Media Materials
Patron Type How Many How Long How Many How Long
Alumni 5 4 weeks none N/A
Community Patrons 3 4 weeks none N/A
HTHS Faculty 5 4 weeks 2 48 hours
Special Patrons 10 semester 10 1 week

Reserves Materials

Material that have been placed on reserve by Brookdale faculty members are available to guests borrowers for use in the library only. Guest borrowers may not place library materials on reserve.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan privileges (borrowing materials, which are not available from the Bankier Library, through other institutions) are not available to guest borrowers.

Non-Circulating Collections

1st floor — Reference Collections
2nd floor — Law Collection
2nd floor — Periodicals, Newspapers, Microforms
2nd floor — Special Collections: Brookdale Archives, New Jersey, Graphic Arts, and Photography

Returns and Renewals

If items are not overdue, a one-time renewal is permitted, for the same loan period as when the item was initially borrowed. Materials may be renewed either in-person at the library or via online (books only). To renew online, go to the My Library Account login page on the Bankier Library website.

All borrowed materials must be returned by their due date via the Information or Circulation Desks or the Book Drop. Replacement bills instead of overdue notices will be sent to you for any overrdue library materials.

Restrictions and Replacement Costs

Failure to return library materials by their due date will result in a restriction placed on your library account. This restriction will prevent you from further borrowing privileges until your library obligations have been settled.

A replacement bill will be sent to recover the costs of overdue library materials. The bill includes a replacement cost as well as a non-refundable processing fee of $25.00 per item.

If an overdue item is paid for and then returned within one year from the due date, a refund for the replacement costs, minus the processing fee, will be given. A paid receipt may be required to obtain such refund.

Delinquent Library Account

The Bankier Library and Brookdale Community College reserves the right to forward all delinquent accounts to Collection Agencies.

Missing Materials

If the library catalog indicates that the item is “AVAILABLE” and the item is not on the shelf, report the missing item at any of the service desks. The library staff will search for the item, place the item on hold and notify you if it is located. If the item cannot be located, its status will be changed to “MISSING”.

Change of Personal Information

You are responsible for informing the Bankier Library if there are changes in your personal information.

If you have any questions regarding the Guests and Visitors borrowing policy, please contact the Bankier Library at 732-224-2935.