Getting a Library Card
Residents and property owners in Bethlehem, Bethlehem Township, Fountain Hill, and Hanover Township (Northampton County only) can get library cards with valid identification. There is no age limit and no charge. Now, you also can apply for a card online or by downloading and emailing a simple PDF application form.
Businesses and organizations located within our Service Area can apply for a Bethlehem Area Public Library Card for Business. This allows FREE access to all of our online e-Resources, PLUS circulating collection borrowing priviledges for staff members that don't necessarily qualify for an individual resident member card.
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People with current library cards from other public libraries in Pennsylvania can get a library card at the Bethlehem Area Public Library with photo ID and their home library card with a blue and white Access sticker on it (placed by their home library).
Parents of children from birth to 14 years of age must sign for the child’s card and show identification. A legal guardian must present proper documentation.
Your library card is for your personal use only – each member of your family should get his own. You will be responsible for anything that is checked out on your card, so please don’t lend it to anyone and report it to us immediately if you lose it. Please bring your library card with you whenever you come to the library. If you forget, you must have identification before we will check anything out to you. This is for your protection.