Rules of Conduct

The Plainsboro Library believes all patrons should have equal access to library services and materials in a safe and welcoming environment.  To achieve this goal, the Library Board of Trustees has adopted a Code of Conduct.

The Code of Conduct was developed to minimize situations in which any library patron interferes with the legitimate library business of other patrons and staff, to protect the safety of all library patrons and staff, and to protect library property. Library patrons shall respect the rights of other patrons and library staff.  The following Code of Conduct is based on New Jersey Statutes regulating conduct in public places, and established to allow all patrons to use the library without fear of harassment, disruption, or disturbance.  A list of such Statutes is available on written request to the Library Director.

The Code of Conduct is to be observed by everyone in the building or on library grounds. Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • Any activity that constitutes a violation of federal, state or local criminal statutes or ordinances.
  • Smoking or the use of tobacco products or e-cigarette devices.
  • Possession, distribution, or use of alcohol or any controlled substances. For the safety of all patrons and employees, no one suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or such drugs will be permitted in the library. Such persons shall be asked to leave or removed if necessary.
  • Sexual activity, contact, or any act of lewdness or exposure.
  • Carrying a weapon into the library is prohibited unless authorized by law. Any patron authorized to carry a weapon must immediately notify staff upon entry that he/she is carrying a weapon in the Library and shall provide proof of his/her license to carry to the Library Director or person in charge at that time.
  • Use of profane, abusive, or threatening language.
  • Verbally, physically, or sexually harassing or assaulting library patrons or library staff.
  • Engaging in any activity that is deliberately offensive or creates an intimidating or hostile environment for library staff and patrons, including bullying and cyberbullying.
  • Damage, defacement, or theft of any library property or material, or any personal property or material.
  • Disruptive noise levels including shouting, loud talking, uncontrolled or repeated ringing of cell phones, and loud cell phone conversations.
  • Use of personal electronic equipment at a volume that disturbs others.
  • Misusing the restrooms (e.g., as a laundry or bathing facility.)
  • Interfering with another person’s use of the library or with the library staff’s performance of their duties.
  • Solicitations, petitions, or canvassing in the library or on library premises is prohibited unless written approval has been given by the Library Director. The written approval must be provided to any patron who requests it from the person soliciting, petitioning, or canvassing.
  • Photographing, filming, or recording library patrons or library staff without their consent. (See Photography and Filming Policy)
  • Any use of library computers, copying machines, or other equipment for any illegal or unlawful purpose. (Also see Internet Use Policy)
  • Posting or placing materials in the library without permission of library staff.
  • Consumption of food except in designated areas or at authorized library functions. Anyone eating food in the designated areas of the building is required to clean the area promptly after eating.
  • Bringing animals inside the library with the exception of services animals or those allowed at a library approved event. Anyone claiming an animal is a service animal shall provide written or other documentation if so requested by the Library Director or individual in charge at the time.  Leaving animals unattended on library grounds is strictly prohibited.
  • Maintaining personal hygiene in a way that interferes with the use of and enjoyment of the library by other patrons or staff.
  • Using the library as a place to sleep.
  • Leaving unattended children or adults who are in need of supervision. (See Unattended Child Policy)
  • Running in the library.
  • Removing or not wearing appropriate attire or footwear within the library building.


 The Board of Trustees authorizes library staff to suspend the library privileges for those whose behavior prevents or interferes with the effective use of the library by others. Violation of these rules may be cause for a temporary or permanent prohibition from future use of library facilities.  Persons who do not abide by the Code of Conduct will:

  • First, be advised of the library’s policies by library staff and told to cease the prohibited behavior.
  • Second, be required to leave the library, if they choose not to cease the prohibited activities.
  • Third, be advised that the police will be called immediately, if they do not leave the building and/or choose not to cease the prohibited activities.

Any person who repeatedly violates these rules, or any person who commits a single, egregious violation of the rules, in addition to being required to leave the library, may have all their library privileges revoked and be banned from returning to the library.

Any individual so banned shall receive a written notification of the action taken by the Library Director and the basis for the action.  Such notice shall be hand delivered or mailed to any mailing address on record with the library for the banned individual. If the notice cannot be delivered to such an individual for any reason, the banned individual may provide in writing an address to the Library Director where such notice can be sent.  Any person whose privileges were revoked may have the decision reviewed by the Board of Trustees.

These rules have been adopted by the Board of Trustees in order to guarantee the rights of all citizens to a safe, free forum for information and ideas as defined in the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, endorsed by the Board on June 3, 1992.

Proposed:  February 7, 1995
Adopted without revision:  February 5, 2002
Revised: June 5, 2018

3-D Printer Policy

Purpose The Plainsboro Public Library strives to be the community’s center for learning, connections, and discovery. The Library’s Science Center offers programs that focus on providing STEM based hands-on learning for residents. The 3-D printers were added to the Science Center to support these programs.


The Library’s 3-D printers make three-dimensional objects using a design that is uploaded from a digital file under the supervision of a trained staff member or volunteer. Any use of the equipment without supervision or permission of trained library staff is strictly prohibited. The primary use of the 3-D printers is to support classes and workshops offered in the Science Center. Plainsboro residents and students in the West Windsor-Plainsboro school district may request a printing session outside of programs.

The Library’s 3-D printers make three-dimensional objects using a design that is uploaded from a digital file under the supervision of a trained staff member or volunteer. Any use of the equipment without supervision or permission of trained library staff is strictly prohibited. The primary use of the 3-D printers is to support classes and workshops offered in the Science Center. Plainsboro residents and students in the West Windsor-Plainsboro school district may request a printing session outside of programs.

The Library’s 3-D printers may be used only for lawful purposes. The Library reserves the right to refuse the production of any object at any time at the discretion of Library staff. Residents can appeal a refused request to the Library Director. Examples of such objects include, but are not limited to:

  • Objects prohibited by local, state or federal law;
  • Objects that are unsafe, harmful, dangerous or pose an immediate threat to the safety and well-being of others;
  • Objects in violation of any library policy including the Code of Conduct;
  • Objects in violation of another’s intellectual property rights;
  • Objects in violation of copyright, patent or trademark protection;
  • Objects too large for the 3-D printer’s build plate.

The resident agrees to assume all responsibility for, and shall hold the Library harmless in, all matters related to copyrighted, patented or trademarked materials. If the Library has any concern regarding a design that is subject to copyright; patent; trademark; or intellectual property rights the Library reserves the right to require the resident to provide documentation granting them permission to use and print the design. The Plainsboro Public Library is not responsible for any damage, loss, or security of data arising from the use of its equipment or network, nor the functionality or quality of objects produced on the 3-D printer.

The Library will print a limited number of public requests each week. Prints from Science Center classes or workshops will be first priority. Requests will be printed in order received if possible, though print time, file issues, and other factors may change the order of printing. Due to limited availability of trained staff the Library can only give an estimate of when printed objects will be completed and does not guarantee any object will be printed on any specific day. Patrons will be contacted when their print is complete. All files will be deleted from the system following the completion of the print job.

The Library does not guarantee customer privacy during the 3-D printing process as printing is done in a public space.


All print requests must use the filament provided by the Library. The Library will not special order filament for any print and does not allow residents to provide their own filament to use in the printers.


Residents must pay for the filament used in the printing process. Objects will be weighed and charged per gram. Fees must be paid at the time of pick up. Refunds are not given. Items not picked up and paid within seven days become the property of the Library. Residents who request a print and do not pick up or pay for the object may be banned from placing any future request.

The resident is responsible if the object does not print correctly due to design errors, it is the responsibility of the resident to pay for the object. Residents are responsible for final cleaning of prints. Small bumps or holes, ridges, or rough edges on the object may occur as part of the printing process and will not constitute a reason for the item to be reprinted by the Library.

Adopted October 2, 2018

Photography and Filming Policy

General Objective

We welcome all persons who visit our beautiful library to make your visit memorable with a photo of the library building.  The Plainsboro Public Library will allow photographs to be taken inside the library provided you observe the following:

Responsibilities and Rules for Library Users

  1. Photographing, filming and /or audio recording of members of the public, the library staff, and public programs is prohibited without advance permission by the Library Director or library staff member in charge and the individuals photographed or recorded. In the event the photos or recordings are to be used for commercial or public display or use, written permission should be obtained from any such individuals.
  2. The use of enhanced or intrusive flash equipment that might disturb library patrons or disrupt the work environment of the library staff is prohibited.
  3. Equipment such as mono/tripods, reflectors, or lights may not obstruct passageways or cause disturbances to library patrons.
  4. Photographing or filming of art work in the gallery is prohibited unless written permission is granted in advance by the artist and presented to the Library Director or staff member in charge of the library at the time the photographs or film are to be taken.

Responsibilities and Rights for Library

 Please note that the Plainsboro Public Library frequently engages in photographing and filming programs and events for its own publicity and promotional purposes. Library staff will make every effort to notify library patrons when recording is taking place. In those cases patrons should notify a library staff member if they do not want to be filmed or photographed.

Adopted: June 5, 2018


General Information:

The Circulation Desk is the gateway to the Plainsboro Public Library. The circulation staff promotes a warm, welcoming, and friendly environment, embodying the Library’s open spirit. Patrons at the desk receive first priority. The circulation staff is trained to handle all circulation procedures, answer directional questions, assist with the catalog, encourage patrons to access our databases, and direct informational questions to the Reference Desk.

Plainsboro Public Library is part of the Libraries of Middlesex County Automation Consortium (LMxAC).  Plainsboro residents who have valid Plainsboro library cards are able to use their library card at any of the libraries in LMxAC.



The Plainsboro Public Library supports the American Library Association’s recommended policies regarding confidentiality of patron records, intellectual freedom and freedom of information.  The Library observes strict confidentiality in the handling of patron records at all times.  No information contained in a patron’s record will be released to any third party except upon the presentation of a court subpoena and then only by the Director and the Board of Trustees with advice of legal counsel.

Staff may not release to patrons the personal contact information of library staff or board members.


Library Card Registration:

  1. Any resident of Plainsboro is entitled to a Plainsboro Public Library card.
  2. Proof of Plainsboro residency is required to obtain a library card. Bank statements, utility bills, drivers’ licenses or legal documents showing the applicant’s name and address constitute valid identification. West Windsor-Plainsboro School I.D.s are acceptable as proof of residency.  West Windsor students must show a Mercer County Library Card to staff when they register at Plainsboro Library.
    Plainsboro residents without appropriate proof of residency at the time of registration can receive a library card and immediately borrow up to three items. We will mail the library card to the patron’s home address. The patron must then prove residency at the next checkout to receive continued borrowing privileges.
  3. Each cardholder is responsible for materials checked out on his or her card.
  4. Lost cards are replaced for $1.00. On reissue, staff must verify the cardholder’s name, address and telephone number and establish proof of residency.
  5. People who work in Plainsboro but do not reside in an LMxAC town may receive a courtesy card valid for one year. Current proof of employment showing the employee’s name and employer’s Plainsboro address is required to obtain a Plainsboro library card.  Current proof is required each time the card is renewed.
  6. People who reside in LMxAC or Mercer County Library System towns must obtain library cards from their home libraries in order to check out materials from Plainsboro Public Library. Staff will enter valid Mercer and Cranbury library cards into the LMxAC system with an annual expiration date.
  7. Non-residents who do not reside in an LMxAC, Mercer, Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries (MURAL) or Open Borrowing Library system town may purchase a non-resident card for $40.00, valid for one year. For more information on the Open Borrowing Library System see http://www.openborrowing.org/intro.shtml
  8. Non-residents who own property in Plainsboro will receive a library card if requested and upon proof of such ownership by presenting a current real estate tax bill. LMxAC residents who own property in Plainsboro must choose which library will be their home library.
  9. Cardholders may not hold two library cards under their name. At registration, staff will determine whether the applicant already holds a valid card. When replacing a lost card, staff will render the original card invalid. A patron relocating from another LMxAC town who had a valid library card will receive a Plainsboro library card and staff will delete the other library card from the system.
         • Middlesex County Community College students can have two cards in the system.
  10. Cardholders claiming a stolen card will receive a replacement card at no charge and staff will render the stolen card inoperative. 

Checkout and Return:

  1. The Library honors all valid cards from the Plainsboro Public Library or any library participating in LMxAC, MURAL, Open Borrowing, or Mercer County Library systems.
  2. Cardholders must use one of the following items to check out Library items: library card, smart phones with scanned barcode from library card, or a valid ID.
  3. There is no check out limit on materials.
         • Three new DVDs per card.
    • Three School Summer Reading books per card.
  4. Loan Periods:
    New books, TV series, Summer Reading Books: 2 weeks
    DVDs: 4 days
    Books, magazines, audiobooks, CDs: 3 weeks
    Cardholders may request additional time for vacations or personal reasons on all items except new books, DVDs and School Summer Reading books.
  5. Staff will notify cardholders borrowing DVDs of the terms of the loan; that is, staff will mention the item’s due date.
  6. The following fines are assessed for late items:
    Books, magazines, audiobooks, CDs: 10₵/day; maximum fine $5.00/item
    DVDs: $1/day; maximum fine $10.00/DVD
    Fines are not charged for holidays or days the library is closed.
  7. At checkout, staff will notify cardholders who have fines less than $5.00 or item(s) overdue fewer than six weeks of the outstanding fines or items. Cardholders may continue to check out items without paying the fines or returning the items.
  8. Cardholders who have fines above $5.00 or holding any item(s) overdue more than six weeks may not check out any additional items until they have fines less than $5.00 or item(s) overdue fewer than six weeks. The Director, Assistant Director or Circulation Supervisor may make exceptions to this policy.
  9. Cardholders may return borrowed items to any LMxAC library; however, we caution you about the possibility of lost, late, or damaged materials when using this option.
  10. Cardholders are liable for damaged items. Damage fees range from $1.00 for a missing barcode to the replacement cost of the damaged item.

 Overdue Notices:

  1. Cardholders may choose to have overdue notices sent via email or through the mail to the home address.
  2. Cardholders receive a first notice for an item overdue for two weeks. The first notice reminds the cardholder that the item is overdue, that fines are accruing, and advises returning the item at the cardholder’s earliest convenience.
  3. Cardholders receive a second notice when an item is overdue for four weeks. The second notice is identified as such and explains fines are still accruing and that failure to return the item will result in suspension of borrowing privileges.
  4. Cardholders receive a bill when an item is overdue for six weeks. The bill is for the replacement cost of the item as specified under “Lost Items.” The bill is sent through the mail to the home address.   The bill states that the cardholder’s privileges have been suspended until the item is paid for or returned and the fines paid.
  5. The Library may engage the services of a collection agency to recover items or fines in excess of $100. Such action occurs no earlier than two months and no later than six months after the due date of the overdue items.
  6. Upon finding in the Library an item for which a cardholder has received an overdue notice, staff will promptly cancel any accrued fines and update the cardholder’s account.

Lost Items:

  1. The Library charges the cardholder the purchase price listed in the library catalog for lost items. When a price is not listed in the library catalog or on a current Internet retail site, the following prices apply:
    Adult, YA Books                                                                        $20.00
    Children’s Textbooks                                                               $75.00
    Children’s Books, Paperbacks and Board books                $10.00
    Magazines                                                                                  $5.00
    Audiobooks                                                                                $60.00
    Children’s Audiobooks                                                            $30.00
    DVD                                                                                             $15.00
    CD                                                                                                $13.00
  2. The Library charges processing fees for all lost items.
  3. The Library does not accept replacement copies for lost items.
  4. No refunds are issued for lost item(s) that the cardholder has paid for in full. 


  1. Cardholders may reserve items (except new DVDs) owned or on order by the Library. Cardholders may also reserve items owned by other LMxAC libraries in the LMxAC catalog.  Some LMxAC libraries limit what items they allow Plainsboro cardholders to reserve.
  2. Reserved items are put on a waiting list; staff will notify the cardholder when the reserved item is available.
  3. After notification, the reserved item is placed on the hold shelf and held for 5 days. If the item has not been picked up by the end of the fifth day, staff will notify the next person on the reserve waiting list or re-shelve the item.
  4. Cardholders may request that a family member pick up their reserved item by calling the Library in advance of pick up. The cardholder must give staff the name of the family member they have approved to pick up their reserved item.  The person picking up the reserved item must have the family member’s library card and their own valid I.D.


  1. Cardholders may renew items in person, online, or by phone. They may renew items up to three times for an additional three week period each time, providing there are no reserves on the items.
    • New books (blue dot) may be renewed only once for two weeks.
    • DVD’s and DVD-MULTI’s may not be renewed.
  2. Cardholders may checkout an item that they had previously renewed the maximum number of times after waiting one day.

Revised and adopted:
February, 2002
October 5, 2011
September 6, 2016


For 2019, Plainsboro will be part of an LMxAC program to auto-renew many items, saving patrons time and money (in late fees). Auto-renewal notices will go out on the due date by email. Please be aware that not all items will auto-renew.

Items will not auto-rewen if:

  • they have reached their renewal limit
  • have active holds for other patrons


    • regular fiction books
    • regular nonfiction books
    • juvenile books
    • new items
    • DVD movies and TV series

If you are unsure about items auto-renewing or not, please call us (609-275-2897) or log in to your account online to renew your items manually.

Collection Development Policy

I. Purpose

The following policy is a guiding document to inform decisions regarding materials selection, purchase and retention. The policy provides the framework for the evaluation and purchase of materials in a variety of formats to meet the diverse and continuously changing needs of the community.

II.  Statement of Principles

The Library upholds the right of the individual to access information, even if the content may be controversial or unacceptable to others. The Library reserves the right to not include sensational, inflammatory, or inaccurate material in our collection that does not meet the selection criteria in this policy.

Materials for children and teens are intended to broaden their interest and curiosity in their lifelong learning journey. The reading and viewing activity of minors is ultimately the responsibility of their parents or guardians.

The Library supports the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, The Freedom to Read, The Freedom to View, and New Jersey Library Association’s The People’ s Rights to Libraries.

III.  Scope

The Library seeks to provide and maintain a balanced collection of print, non-print, and digital materials across a wide spectrum of subjects. The collection strives to meet the informational, educational, recreational, and cultural needs of our diverse community which includes users of all ages, education levels, and cultural backgrounds. The collection development objectives are:

  • To provide resources that inform, educate, and/or entertain
  • To provide works of enduring value
  • To provide timely material on current issues
  • To select materials based on community needs and demand

The inclusion of an item in the Library collection in no way represents an endorsement of its contents. Only individuals can determine what is most appropriate for their needs and can define what material or information is consistent with their views and values.

In the development of its collection, the Library recognizes that it is impossible for a Library of our size to meet all the needs of our community. As a member of Libraries of Middlesex Automation Consortium (LMxAC), a resource sharing library consortium and the state supported inter-library loan system, the Library supplements its resources with materials borrowed from other libraries through these larger entities.

The Library supports the West Windsor-Plainsboro school district curriculum by purchasing general materials related to relevant subject areas. The Library does not typically purchase textbooks. Textbooks may be added to the collection if they provide the best or only source of information on a subject.

IV.  Responsibility

The director has ultimate responsibility for the shaping of the collection. The director delegates selection and retention decisions to qualified staff members in each department. These staff members have the primary responsibility to develop and maintain the collections in their respective areas.

V.  Selection Criteria

In general, the Library staff will select materials based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Quality
  • Demand and usage
  • Educational value
  • Cultural enrichment and social significance
  • Classic status; titles that have enduring value as a standard work
  • Local interest and/or local authorship
  • Currency and accuracy of information
  • Overall balance of variety and viewpoints
  • Availability of the subject in library resources
  • Cost

VI.  Methods of Selection

Library staff’s primary method of selection will be to read reviews in established professional trade journals and nationally known print and online reviewing sources. Cost-effective additions to the collection may also come through other channels, such as donations and gifts. Selections will be consistent with the criteria mentioned above.

i.  Donation and Gifts

The Library accepts donations of books and other materials. The Library may add donated materials to the collection following the same selection criteria as listed above. The Friends of the Library assumes ownership of donated materials. The Library accepts donations of money for the purchase of print, non-print, or digital collections. However, the Library retains the right to make the selection and purchase decisions from any monetary donation given for a specific collection.

ii. Requests

Library patrons are encouraged to request materials. Suggestion forms are available on every floor in the Library and may be submitted to the Library staff in person or online. Every effort will be made to fill each request, either through purchase or through the available Library’s resources. Items for purchase will be subject to the same selection criteria as above.

VII.  World Language Collections

The Library maintains selected world language collections that reflect the demographics and demand of the Plainsboro community. Growth in these collections will be maintained as budget, donations, and grants allow.

VIII.  Weeding

Weeding will be done on a regular basis in conjunction with systematic collection evaluation.

Items will be weeded out of the collection using a variety of criteria including:

  • Review of statistical information such as circulation reports, collection turnover rates, and use statistics for digital resources
  • Age of material
  • Continued value
  • Alternative coverage of subject or genre in the collection
  • Availability of better or newer materials on the subject
  • Physical condition

IX.  Reconsideration of Library Materials

Occasionally a person may find a particular item in the collection that does not support his or her tastes or views. The director or appropriate staff member will meet with the person to discuss their concerns, review this policy, and identify alternate materials. If a concern is not satisfied through discussion with staff and/or the director, the person may complete a Reconsideration of Materials form. The director will present the form and his or her recommendation to the Library Board of Trustees for discussion and final determination.

Neither the director nor any staff will remove an item from the physical or digital collection in response to a request for reconsideration without the direct authorization of the Library Board of Trustees.

Request For Reconsideration Of Library Materials form

Adopted June 3, 1992
Revised February, 2002
Revised December 2002
Revised February, 2003
Revised December 5, 2017

Library Meeting Space

Revised May 3, 2016

Meeting rooms are used for programs sponsored by the Library, Library Board of Trustees, Friends and Foundation of the Plainsboro Public Library, and other library and Township-related organizations.  The meeting rooms are intended to further the library’s mission and fulfill its library service responsibilities.  When Library activities are not scheduled, community groups engaged in educational, cultural, intellectual, charitable, or social activities may meet in the rooms.

The Library adheres to Article VI of the LIBRARY BILL OF RIGHTS adopted by the American Libraries Association Council, and endorsed by the New Jersey Library Association.  The NJLA Intellectual Freedom Manual interprets the use of Library Meeting Rooms as follows

If meeting rooms in libraries supported by public funds are made available to the general public for non-library sponsored events, the library may not exclude any group based on the subject matter to be discussed or based on the ideas that the group advocates.

Governmental, educational, community, and non-profit organizations may use the rooms. The use of the meeting rooms is not intended for individuals or private functions. The library meeting rooms may not be used by for-profit businesses or for any commercial activity.  Permission to use the meeting rooms does not imply Library endorsement of the aims, policies, programs or public statements of any group or organization.  Such permission is revocable and does not constitute a lease.

The use of a meeting room must be consistent with the provisions of this policy and may be denied:  (a) where use is inconsistent with policy and/or regulation, (b) where there is a likelihood of physical hazard to participants or audience, (c) when there has been misuse of premises or equipment or violation of this policy by the organization in the past.

Application forms must be submitted for use of the meeting rooms.  Completion of the Application Form is not a guaranteed acceptance.   Applications falling within the provisions of this policy and regulations are approved by the Library Director.  The Library Board of Trustees reserves the right to review all applications, and shall review applications not approved by the Director, if requested by the applicant.

List of regulations and application form.

Once completed, email the form back to Sharon Mitchell at smitchell@plainsborolibrary.org.

Museum Pass Policy

With the generosity of the Friends of Plainsboro Library, the Library lends museum passes to adult Plainsboro library cardholders.

  • Plainsboro library cardholders must be at least 18 years old and owe less than $5.00 in fines, fees, or lost materials.
  • Eligible cardholders may reserve museum passes up to three months in advance through the online reservation system.
  • Each museum pass may be reserved one time per month per card.
  • Museum passes are checked out for three days and are picked up and returned to library staff at the circulation desk. The only exception is for museums that allow patrons to print a pass for their reserved day through the online reservation system.
  • Museum passes cannot be renewed.
  • There is a $20.00 late fee for each day the museum pass is past due. The maximum fine will not exceed $100.00.
  • The cardholder is responsible for the full replacement cost of the museum pass if it is lost or damaged.
  • Reservations can be cancelled up to the day before checkout.
  • Cardholders who repeatedly return museum passes late or cancel reservations late may be blocked from borrowing museum passes.

The library thanks you for your consideration of others who are waiting to use the pass.

Adopted April 4, 2017
Revised October 2, 2018

The Plainsboro Library provides exam proctoring services for anyone who is pursuing a traditional college degree, distance learning, or certification in a trade or specialty.


Students must pay $25.00 by cash or check at the time of exam.  The service must not involve any direct cost to the library.  Students and/or school administration is responsible for providing postage and any other expenses incurred.


  • Students wishing to be proctored must complete a proctor request form at least one week prior to the exam date. Arrangements must be made in advance so there is adequate time for the delivery of the exam.
  • Library staff will determine whether they have the available resources and/or can meet the technical requirements to proctor an exam and as such may decline the request. At any time, the Library may decline a request if there is not staff available.
  • Proctoring will be done by Plainsboro Public Library Reference Librarians or Reference Assistants. Students are responsible for contacting his/her institution to be sure that the library staff proctoring the exams meets criteria set by the institution.
  • Students are responsible to arrange for the delivery of the exam. The library cannot make arrangements for you.
  • Exams must be completed one hour before closing.
  • Some institutions require a proctor form to be filled out. Please email the form to plibrary@plainsborolibrary.org at least one week in advance of the exam.
  • The library can provide computers for online tests.
  • Library staff must attend other duties and cannot be expected to personally oversee the test taker at all times.
  • Students must bring photo ID for verification at the time of the exam.
  • Plainsboro Library cannot be held responsible for lost exams, technological difficulties, or other emergencies.

Please notify the reference desk, 609- 275-2898, if you need to cancel or reschedule your exam time.

Proctor Application Form

Adopted September 4, 2018

Quiet Study Rooms

Reserve Study Rooms Online now!

The Quiet Study Room Policy is in place to insure fair and equitable Quiet Study Room access to members of the Plainsboro Community. By using a Quiet Study Room, you agree to follow this policy. The Plainsboro Public Library has 4 Quiet Study Rooms with a maximum capacity of four (4) persons per room. The Quiet Study Rooms are not intended for social gatherings, but rather are intended to provide a quiet area of study or similar work for individuals or small groups.

  • Acceptable use of Study Rooms includes, tutoring, homework assignments, study groups, committee meetings, discussion groups, interviews, mentoring and counseling.
  • Study Rooms are reserved with a Plainsboro Library Card. Those without a Plainsboro Library Card may sign up as a guest at the Reference Desk. A Plainsboro Library Card must be presented when a room is reserved. If no card is presented, Study Room access will be granted if identification is presented. A name must be left on record when reserving a Study Room.
  • Individuals wishing to reserve a study room must be at least fourteen (14) years of age.
  • Study rooms must be reserved before use.  Advance or walk-in reservations are acceptable. Patrons may reserve Study Rooms at the Reference Desk on the second floor up to one week in advance for two (2) hour reservation periods. This time may be extended only if there is no demand for Study Rooms.
  • The reservation start time is firm.  If the patron does not arrive within 15 minutes of the scheduled time, the time will be made available for other users.
  • Study Rooms must be vacated ten minutes before the closure of the library.
  • No food or beverages are permitted except water bottles. At least one person from a group must stay in a Study Room at all times. If Quiet Study Rooms are vacated for more than 15 minutes, patrons must remove all their belongings from the room.  Items left for longer than fifteen (15) minutes may be removed by Library staff.  The Library staff will place all removed items at the Circulation Desk on the first floor. The removed items will be released to the patron after ownership is established.
  • The Library shall not be responsible for any loss of or damage to any personal items left unattended and/or removed in the Quiet Study Room.
  • Failure to abide by this policy may result in suspension of Quiet Study Room Privileges for a period of three (3) months.
  • The Library may declare other areas of the library to be temporarily or permanently designated Quiet Study Rooms, and thus fall under this policy.
  • This policy will be reviewed periodically.
  • If rooms are not in demand on a particular day, individuals may request an additional room reservation. If demand increases, repeat users will be asked to vacate Study Rooms for new users.
  • Library Staff will give vacated rooms to Study Room patrons based on the order in which they requested a Study Room; precedence will be given to individuals who have not yet used a Study Room as an individual or part of a group; previous Study Room users will be given a room only if no new users are waiting.
  • When a current room user needs to relinquish a room to a new user due to demand, they will be given a five minute warning to vacate the Study Room.
  • The Study Rooms may not be used for commercial or business activities, including any sales, advertising or promotional activity.
  • Furniture may not be brought into or removed from a study room without approval from library staff.  Study Rooms must be left in the same state of cleanliness and repair they were in prior to the Study Room being used.  Failure to do so will result in suspension of Study Room privileges for three (3) months.
  • While using a Study Room, patrons must continue to abide by the Library’s Rules of Conduct and not disturb others or engage in destructive behavior. Failure to do so will result in being asked to leave the Quiet Study Room and/or the Library, in addition to loss of Study Room Privileges for three (3) months.
  • Room capacities must be observed while using the Study Rooms.
  • Study Room patrons who sign up for a new room will be given an open room; if no room is open, they will be given the next room to become available. Study Room users who have used their room past their reservation period must relinquish the room to new users; those who have spent the most time in a Study Room on a given day will be the first to give up their room to new room users.
  • When rooms are not in demand, individuals or groups may continue to use a Study Room past their reservation period; this extension will automatically occur until room demand increases.
  • Library users who have not yet used a Study Room that day receive precedence over individuals or groups who have already used a Study Room.

Approved by the Plainsboro Library Board of Trustees 10/06/2015