If something you want has been checked out by another person, or if the Library has ordered it and it has not come in yet, you may reserve it.
You can reserve materials at the Main Library Information Desk, in person or by phone at 610-867-3761 x 224, at the South Side Branch 610-867-7852, on the Bookmobile, or online through your account. Also, you now can reserve most titles in the collections of Allentown Public Library or Easton Area Public Library.
There are exceptions: rental copies of best sellers cannot be reserved, nor can Allentown and Easton owned 2 week loan books, or "new" DVDs.
If you see an item you would like from Allentown, Bethlehem or Easton collections and the status in the catalog is “In”, you can call to have it set aside at no charge. For these items, you will have 3 business days to pick the item up from the library where it is located (Delivery is not available.)
When a reserved item is ready for pick up, the Library will email you a notice, or if necessary, phone you.
After notiIfcation that a reserve is in, you will have 4 business days to pick-up an item. A 50¢ handling charge will be collected for each reserve when you pick it up. After notification, if you choose not to pick the item up, you still will be charged the 50¢.