Residents and property owners in Bethlehem, Bethlehem Township, Fountain Hill, Hanover Township (Northampton County), and Lower Saucon Township can obtain library cards at no cost. Others may qualify for an Access card.
As a member of the Bethlehem Area Public Library, you may borrow books, CDs, audiobooks and magazines for three weeks and, DVDs, electronic games and e-readers for one week. There are specific checkout limits and special policies for some materials. Adult book checkout limit is 20 per card, with hardcover and paperback combined in that total.
Materials may be renewed twice by phone, online, or in person, unless they are on reserve for another patron. If something you want has been checked out, you may reserve it. Extra copies of recent best sellers are available as rental books. If the library doesn’t own a book you want, we’ll purchase it or borrow it on interlibrary loan for you.
To return items, you may bring them in either of the libraries when open, return at bookmobile stops, or you may use the two book drops on the sidewalk near Church Street (open 24 hours) or the one at the South Side Branch (open when the branch is closed). If items are returned late the Library charges overdue fines.