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Borrowing Information

Interlibrary Loan

If the item you're looking for is not available within the Lehigh Valley Library System, and it is not suitable for purchase, we will attempt to borrow it from another library for you. You must be a resident of our direct service area (Bethlehem, Bethlehem Township, Fountain Hill, and Hanover Township-Northampton County) or district (Nazareth, Northampton, Hellertown library service areas) and have a current Bethlehem library card. If you have an Access card but do not live within our district, we cannot do an interlibrary loan for you; you must go to your home library.

You may request interlibrary loans in person at the Main Library Adult Services desk, the South Side branch, or the Bookmobile; by phoning the Main Library at 610-867-3761, ext. 224; or by e-mailing

We borrow print materials, audiobooks, music CDS, and DVDs. We cannot borrow reference materials, current textbooks, or copies of whole journals. We will also supply photocopies of journal articles, if these are not available via our databases.

Checkout periods are 4-weeks, with no renewals for DVDs or new materials. We will grant one renewal for all other items. At times, due dates must be adjusted subsequent to direction by lending libraries. In such cases, you will be notified.

Items are checked out to your account upon receipt with shipping time and pickup time factored into due date. We notify you that items are ready for pickup via your preferred notice method. We are not responsible in the case of missed notices due to spam filters, malfunctioning or non-existent voice mail applications, or otherwise missed messages. We ask that borrowed ILL items be returned to the Main Library, Adult Services desk. No book drops or other library drop-offs, please.

The average turnaround time for an interlibrary loan is two to four weeks. There is a $.50 handling fee due when item is picked up. If request is canceled after item has shipped, or if item is not picked up, the $.50 charge will still apply. Occasionally, lending libraries charge borrowing fees. In such cases, we will discuss with you any additional fees that may apply before processing your request. Our usual $.20 per page copy fee will be added to article requests.

If you have questions, you may also email or call us at 610-867-3761, ext. 233.



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