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.

A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer. Directed by Akira Kurosawa. With Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin’ichi Himori, and Haruo Tanaka.

Each month we pick a culturally significant film for library patrons to watch on Kanopy. Watch the film on your own time, then meet with our virtual film club to discuss the film on Zoom. Registration is required. Last day to register is April 20th. Email invitations for Zoom will be sent out the day prior to the event. Please check your email spam folder or call the library if you do not see the event invite.

Register here:

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Did you know April is Arab American Heritage Month? Check out our blog post about it on our website by clicking on the BAPL News tab and let us know if you’re looking to diversify your reading with some books by Arab American authors! ✨ ...

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One-Minute Mindfulness : Train 🚂

Here is a video of the Lehigh River and a train running on the South Side of Bethlehem. You can enjoy the whole video and let your senses wander or try out the following mindfulness suggestions:
-focus on the water of the Lehigh (cover up the rest)
-focus on the movement of the train (cover up the rest)
-focus on the sound of the water
-focus on the sound of the train
-observe the different colors of the video

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Our next Save Our Swifts event is happening very soon! Be sure to register for this exciting event ASAP! ...

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Boldly Go! Check out awesome space resources at BAPL and learn more about our journey to the stars and check out live launches with NASA at!
#PAForward #InternationalDayOfHumanSpaceFlight

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#nationalpoetrymonth Celebrate National Poetry Month at BAPL by checking out poetry books, movies, and books on CD at any of our locations! ...

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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.