Below are some of the most common questions we receive at the Avalon Free Public Library. If you have a question that isn't answered below, feel free to call us at 609-967-7155, or reach us using our online contact form.

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2. Do you assess late fees?

No, the library does not assess late fees on overdue items.

However, items that have been late for a period of 14 days or more will be billed to the account for the full replacement cost.

3. Can I pay replacement costs online or over the phone?

No. At this time we have no mechanism in place to pay replacement fees by credit card or online. You can mail a check made out to the Avalon Free Public Library to cover the fee if you cannot do it in person. We strongly discourage mailing cash. Our mailing address is 235 32nd St, Avalon, NJ 08202.

4. Can I renew my items?

Most of the time you can. Renewal can be made in-person at the library, over the phone (609-967-7155), or online. Note that online renewal only works once for each item. You will not be able to renew your item(s) if someone else is waiting for them, if they have been checked out to the same card for too long, or if you have fines on your card in excess of $10. Also, Check-It-Out Now materials can not be renewed under any circumstances.

5. I damaged an item, what do I do now?

If you have damaged an item you will be fined the full replacement cost. In many cases, you can purchase a replacement copy yourself online for less money, and bring that in to avoid the fine. Please visit the library or call us at 609-967-7155 to see if you would be allowed to do so.

6. How does Check-It-Out Now work?

Our Check-It-Out Now collections make additional copies of the most popular books and movies available to patrons. These copies are available for a reduced time period (overnight for movies, one week for books), cannot be renewed, cannot be sent or returned via mail, and can't be placed on hold. Too much pressure? The library maintains copies of each of these titles outside of the program, to which these rules do not apply.

9. What are Binge Boxes?

Binge Boxes are curated collections of materials, usually movies, that can be checked out for a period of 1 week. We offer them in varieties for both children and adults, and they are packaged together around themes like "Espionage" & "Romance is in the Air", or highlight popular works from a specific actor or filmmaker, or even contain favorite films from members of our staff. Themes can change throughout the year, so keep an eye out for new ones!