Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton public libraries are collaborating on a project to share resources, save costs, and more efficiently serve the public. The three libraries have shared an automation system for the past 13 years, but maintained separate patron databases and separate loan rules for their collections. Beginning this month, Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton public libraries have opened their collections to each other. The three libraries will continue to be independent, but will also be identified as the Lehigh Valley Library System.
The project was conceived by the directors of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton public libraries. The staffs of the three Lehigh Valley libraries have been meeting the past year to integrate their collections and align their borrowing policies. The Lehigh Valley Library System’s inaugural service will allow patrons to borrow materials directly from the two other public libraries and have materials delivered to their own with a van which has been purchased with a generous grant from the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation to facilitate daily delivery between the three libraries.
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