Notary Services at Mercer County Library System
The Mercer County Library System offers Notary Public Services for the benefit of the residents of Mercer County. The following guidelines will be followed in the provision of Notary Service:
- Library notaries are scheduled during the Library’s hours of operation.
Notary Service is not available in the fifteen (15) minutes prior to the
time of closing.
- Customers seeking Notary Service must call the library prior
to their visit to make an appointment.
- Valid photo identification is required of any customer seeking Notary service.
- Notary service is limited to three documents per person, per visit.
- The Library will not provide witnesses and witnesses may not be solicited from customers using the Library. In order
to serve as a witness, the witness must personally know the person whose document is being notarized and must be in possession of valid
- New Jersey law requires that a notary must be able to read the documents
to be notarized. Library notaries cannot notarize documents written in languages unfamiliar
- New Jersey law requires that a Notary and the customer seeking notarization must be able
to communicate directly with each other.
- Library Notaries are not permitted to take use of a translator to
communicate with a Notary service customer.
- Notary Service is not available for Deeds, Wills, Living Wills, Living Trusts, Codicils, Form I-9’s, or Depositions, as these types of documents can require technical or legal knowledge and are beyond the scope of this free service.
- Although the notary cannot attest to true copies of passports, drivers licenses, etc., the notary will issue a notarized Affidavit of True Copy which places the responsibility on the person making the copy. Please be aware, should you require a true copy of a birth, death, or marriage certificate with a raised seal, these official copies must come from the appropriate agency.
- In accordance with New Jersey Notarial Law, notaries will not provide service if the customer, document or circumstances of the request for Notary Service raises any issue of authenticity, ambiguity, doubt or uncertainty for the Library. In this event, the Library Notary may, at his/her sole discretion, de cline
to provide Notary Service.
PREPARE FOR YOUR MCLS NOTARY APPOINTMENT
- DO NOT sign your document in advance. All documents
must be signed in the presence of the notary.
- All document signers must personally appear before the notary.
- The notary will ensure that the signer understands the title of the
document and is signing freely and willingly.
- The New Jersey State Treasurer has determined that the following
must be performed in any notary acknowledgement transaction: “the notary
will review the document presented for completeness. This is not a
formal legal review, such as would be performed by an accountant or an
attorney. Rather, it is a review to ensure that there are no blanks in the
document. Should blanks be discovered, the signer must either fill them
in or strike them out by drawing a line or “X” through them.”
- The notary will establish the identity of each signer through
personal knowledge or with identification documents. Identification must
have both a photo and signature.
- The notarial certificate will be completed. This may include
requiring the signer to give a verbal oath or acknowledgment.
- The notary will use his/her stamp or seal on the document.
Notary Services are available at these branches of the Mercer County Library System:
Lawrence Headquarters Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike,
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
61 Scotch Road
Ewing, NJ 08628
Hickory Corner Branch
138 Hickory Corner Road
East Windsor, NJ 08520
Hightstown Memorial Library*
114 Franklin Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
245 Pennington-Titusville Road
Pennington, NJ 08534
42 Robbinsville-Allentown Road
Robbinsville, NJ 08691
West Windsor Branch
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
*Spanish language Notary Service available.
Branch directions and
hours of operation can be found on the
Mercer County Library Branches' Contact Information
Directions to Mercer County Library Branches
Mercer County Connection also offers notary services.
(Call first for an appointment!)
Hamilton Square Shopping Center
Highway 33 at Paxson Avenue
Hamilton, NJ 08690
Important! Please read Mercer
County Connection's Guidelines Regarding Notary Service
before scheduling an appointment!
If you are
seeking Notary Service in languages other than English, or for more complex
documents, these websites may be helpful to you: