Reward yourself with the many benefits that come with a Bethlehem Area Public Library membership!

If you’re 15 years old and up and a resident of Bethlehem City, Bethlehem Township, Fountain Hill or Hanover Township (Northampton Co.) you can apply for your card online and we will mail it to you for no charge. When you receive your card you can immediately start using it to check out eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital Magazines, and access all other BAPL online resources. Then come in to validate and activate your card to enable borrowing books, CDs and DVDs.

If you are living outside of BAPL’s borrowing area, you may be eligible for a card through the Access Pennsylvania program. To apply for an Access card, use the form below and then come to the Main Library to pick up your card. You must bring photo ID and your valid home library card at that time.

For Businesses and Organizations

Give your business a competitive edge and achieve better results with our eResources!

In today’s highly stressed business environment, achieving more with less is on everyone’s mind. Reliable, up-to-date information your business or organization can use to get a competitive edge has always been at a price — until now!

Bethlehem Area Public Library is offering businesses or organizations that are in our Service Area FREE access to all of our subscription-level databases using a Bethlehem Area Public Library Card for Business. Additionally, your staff will be able to borrow materials from our circulating collections without having individual member borrowing priviledges at BAPL — a win-win for company and employee.

It’s fast and easy to get a Bethlehem Area Public Library Card for Business with our downloadable application. Return your completed form per instructions and your company and staff will be on a path to business “enlightenment” in no-time.

Current Cardholders

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).

Cards for Children

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.

Card Usage

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.

What’s Needed to Get a Card

Identification Required for a Resident Bethlehem Area Public Library Card

Column 1

One from this column is sufficient – these show who you are and where you live

  • Valid PA driver’s license with current address
  • Valid PA non-driver’s photo ID with current address
Column 2

One from this column PLUS one from Column 3 is required – these show who you are

  • Driver’s license with old address (photo)
  • Passport
  • Military ID with photo
  • School photo ID
  • Employment photo ID
  • U.S. Permanent Resident Card (“Green Card”) with photo
  • Any other official photo
Column 3

One from this column PLUS one from column 2 is required – these show where you live

  • Current tax statement addressed to applicant with current address
  • Current lease agreement addressed to applicant
  • Current utility bill or bank statement addressed to applicant
  • Current vehicle registration or auto insurance card with applicant’s name
  • Current voter registration card
  • Current school report card or class schedule
  • Current school bus card
  • Current YMCA or other club card with address
  • Current pay stub

Important Notes

Property owners must provide property tax documentation plus above resident ID information.

Access Library Card – Current Pennsylvania library card with access sticker, plus photo ID

Lost or Forgotten Library Card – Adults must have photo ID; age 17 & under must state pertinent information from their patron record. Pennsylvania driver’s license may be used as alternative ID once your PDL number is on record.

Replacement of Lost Card…..$1.00

Note: Fines are charged on days when the library is closed due to the availability of the book drops.

Join BAPL this summer for some reading fun in the sun! 📚☀️

Our summer reading and learning program for preschool through adult will run June 12 – August 14. Stop by a location near you soon and register for a summer full of events for all ages. We’ll have story sessions, special events with performers, fun programming with STEM, art activities, gaming, theater, Read to Dogs, and much, much, more. See all of the upcoming events on this calendar or on our summer page at

Sign up for our Tails and Tales summer reading and activity challenge and earn small incentives plus chances to win larger prizes in our end-of-summer drawing. Track your progress on your record log and bring it to the library throughout the summer for prizes. Looking for an online option, check out our youth summer reading platform, Wandoo Reader, also found on the summer landing page. Stay sharp, keep your mind busy, stay active, and have fun. We’ll see you this summer at the library!

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It's a gorgeous day out today at the library! 📚🌞 ...

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Our bearded dragon, Spike, is back at the library, he's eating his veggies as we speak! (Well, he's just glaring at the veggies instead of eating them...) Stop by anytime we're open to take a look at the coolest dragon around! 🐉 ...

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Ah, June weather, so finicky. 🌧

We get a great view of the Bethlehem weather upstairs in the Youth Services room, though!

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Happy Birthday to the awesome Rick Riordan! 🥰📚

Check out his books, from Percy Jackson to Magnus Chase, at any of our locations! ⚡️

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One-minute Mindfulness with Matt Wolf - Easton, The Lehigh River

Peek through the trees to notice the waters of the Lehigh River as it is about to meet the Delaware. Feel the power of the moving water and the calm it brings as well.

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What can you do with a Library Card?

Learn about borrowing from BAPL including how to reserve, renew and return materials, fees, and service areas.