Using the Library

Get a Library Card

Getting a library card is free and easy. Just provide proof that you live in Demarest. Adults can bring a driver’s license or state ID. Children need a guardian who has proof of residence with them to get a card. If you don’t have a license or ID, or it doesn’t have your current Demarest address on it, you can bring any of the following to show your residency:

    • Lease or mortgage statement
    • Utility bill
    • Tax document
    • Bank statement
    • Insurance card or statement

Loan Periods


Intrepid, MoMA, and Storm King Museum Passes


New Movies
Guggenheim Museum Pass


New Books
Movies & TV Series
Video Games



The Demarest Library is fine free! Learn more here. We do not charge fines on any of our materials except museum passes. Other libraries in BCCLS charge fines at their own rates on items they own.

Other Things to Know


Your card works at all 77 BCCLS libraries in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic Counties.


You can request items in person, by phone at 201-768-8714, by email at, or online.


Items will renew automatically if no one is waiting for them. New books and movies can be renewed once; all other items can be renewed twice. Museum passes cannot be renewed.


Use the BCCLS app to check your account, place requests, and access the library’s digital resources. The BCCLS app can also be used to check out instead of your physical library card.

Self Checkout

You can use the self checkout machine (upstairs in the adult reading room) or download meeScan and check out with your mobile device.

Library Policies

Library policies exist to ensure a safe, welcoming atmosphere for all.
All policies are approved by the Board of Trustees.

This is the behavior that we expect all library visitors to adhere to so that we may serve the community without disruption.

Unattended children must be able to follow these rules.

The Library is not intended to be a daycare, after-school care facility, or a babysitting service. Children must be ten years-old to visit the library alone, and children ages eight and younger must be accompanied by a caregiver at all times.

Individuals and groups may not use space in the Demarest Free Public Library to provide clients with services for a fee. This means paid tutoring is not allowed at the library.

How library computers and WiFi can and can’t be used.

Individuals and organizations may sign up to use library space. Find the rules and apply here.

How we decide what to purchase and display, and what to do if you have a question about an item in our collection.