Searching JerseyCat


Looking for an item that is not owned by one of the 76 BCCLS libraries?  Try JerseyCat!  JerseyCat allows Mahwah residents with valid library cards to search public and academic libraries throughout New Jersey and request that items you want for pickup in the Mahwah Public Library. 

Please remember to search the BCCLC Catalog before placing a request through JerseyCat and note that some items may not be available for inter-library loan through JerseyCat.  Most items that are less than six months old cannot be borrowed, and most textbooks are owned only by the schools and universities using them in their curriculum, which means they likely are not available for lending.

Quick Guide to Using the System

  1.     Click on the JerseyCat link.
  2.     JerseyCat will open on the Quick Search Splash page and may take a momet to load.
  3.     Enter information about the item you are looking for.  You can search by title, author, ISBN, or other information. Click the Advanced Search on the upper left side of the page if you want more search options, including selecting which libraries are searched.
  4.     JerseyCat will retrieve a list of items. If you would like to restrict your results further, click Modify Search. This will give you the option to restrict by publication year, item type (e.g., book), language, and more. You may also select specific libraries you want to search by clicking in the check boxes.
  5.     Click the Search button in the middle or bottom of the page.

When the database has completed its search it will produce a list of results. Click on an item's title to view the details. Usually, there will be location information at the bottom of the page that will indicate whether the library that owns the item participates in inter-library loans.  Make a note of the item you wish to borrow and Reference Desk at 201.529.READ to request the item.

Need more help? Please contact the Reference Desk at 201.529.READ and select menu option 6 or email

100 Ridge Road, Mahwah, NJ, 07430 201.529.READ