Residents and property owners in Bethlehem, Bethlehem Township, Fountain Hill, and Hanover Township (Northampton County) can obtain library cards at no cost. Others may qualify for an Access card. If you don't know where your home library is located, consult our Service Area chart.
Additionally, we offer businesses and organizations located within our Service Area 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 who do not necessarily qualify for an individual resident member card. Get more information.
As a member of the Bethlehem Area Public Library, you may borrow books, CDs, audiobooks and magazines for three weeks and, DVDs, games and Playaway Views for one week. Some newer titles will circulate for 2 weeks. There are
specific checkout limits and special policies for some materials.
We are pleased to inform you that Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton public libraries have opened their collections to each other. This collaborative collection sharing effort will be known as Lehigh Valley Library System. To make this work, the three libraries have created standardized policies and procedures. Some changes for BAPL patrons will be in effect. A wonderful advantage will be access to many more items to borrow and timely delivery of those items to your home library.
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 BAPL, Allentown or Easton public libraries 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). As a result of the new Lehigh Valley Library System cooperation, you also may return items to Allentown Public Library and Easton Area Public Library. If items are returned late the Library charges overdue fines.