The Bergen County Cooperative Library System
, pronounced "buckles") is a consortium of public libraries
in the four northeastern New Jersey Gateway Region
counties of Bergen
, and Essex
. Founded on October 1, 1979, the organization allows for reciprocal borrowing among its members so that books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs and other media are shared among the libraries cooperatively.
Those with a valid library card from participating towns are permitted to reserve materials online and have them transferred to their local library, where materials can be retrieved.
As of 2019, there are 77 public libraries with a total of 81 branches participating in the consortium.
All of Bergen County's public libraries are members of the BCCLS, along with 15 libraries from Essex, Hudson, and Passaic counties. A patron's hometown library card is honored at all participating libraries. The BCCLS had also participated in the Open Borrowing (www.openborrowing.org) program, with participating libraries in Middlesex
, Passaic, Sussex
counties; this participation ended on January 1, 2015.