Borrowing FAQ

Who may get a CPL card?
Cranbury residents/taxpayers and employees of Cranbury businesses are eligible for a library card. Children may have their own card with their parent’s permission.

May I use my CPL card to borrow from other libraries?
Yes, if the library is a member of MURAL (Mutual Reciprocity Among Libraries). You may want to call the lending library to ask about any borrowing restrictions.

May I use a card from another library to borrow books from Cranbury Public Library?
Yes, if your library is a member of MURAL (Mutual Reciprocity Among Libraries).

Does CPL have reciprocal borrowing privileges with Mercer County?

Do I need to come into the library to renew materials ?
No. Materials may be renewed by phone or online using our online catalog.

May I reserve a book?
CPL cardholders may reserve a book by phone, online, or at the library.

What if the library does not have a book I need?
You may use your CPL card at another library through our open borrowing program or ask the staff at the circulation desk for an Interlibrary Loan.

How long does it take to receive a book through Interlibrary Loan?
Most books are received in 5 to 7 working days.

How long do CPL materials circulate?

Loan Period
New Books
2 weeks
General Collection
4 weeks
Magazine back issues
2 weeks
Graphic Novels
2 weeks
Audio books
2 weeks
2 weeks
1 week
Video Games
1 week
Museum Passes
3 days

Is there a fee to borrow videos or video games?

What are the fines for overdue materials?
New Books and Inter-Library loans incur fines of $0.25 per day.  All other overdue materials, except Videos and DVDs, are fined $0.10 / day. DVDs and Video Games are $1.00 / day. Museum Passes are $2.50 / day.

Other Questions?
Please call the library at 609-655-0555.

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