September 18, 2020

Time is Running Out to be Counted for the Census!

Census data determines representation in government and it is so important our community be accurately counted. We need a fair, accurate, and complete count! Good decisions depend on good data. You can #CountOnLibraries, can we count on you? Visit and be counted today!
September 15, 2020

New Hours at BAPL Coolidge

Beginning the week of Monday, September 28th, the BAPL location at the Coolidge building in Bethlehem Township will have new and expanded hours! They are as follows: Monday           CLOSED Tuesday           11-5 Wednesday     11-7 Thursday         11-5 Friday               CLOSED […]

September 10, 2020

‘Last Cast 25’ to Commemorate 25th Anniversary of Steelmaking This Fall

Steelworkers’ Reunion Party, Public Art Project, Steelworker Speaker Series & More Highlight Events and Programs Through November BETHLEHEM, PA—A Steelworkers reunion party, public art project featuring Bethlehem beams, the opportunity for students to discover local history from steelworkers, and the creation of a new children’s book that tells the story of a ‘Tug’ tractor that […]

September 9, 2020

25 Amazing Facts About Libraries (Mental Floss)

Beloved magazine Mental Floss has long been collecting and sharing facts to a huge audience for many years. It now lives on as a popular website still bringing the facts to audiences around the globe. We were delighted to see this list of 25 Amazing Facts About Libraries. Among facts about libraries from Ireland to Finland […]

August 27, 2020

Computer Reservations Available

Need to use a computer? Public computers are now available at the Main Library by appointment only. Please follow the below instructions to check availability and schedule an appointment. Call the Adult Services Department at 610-867-3761 x399 We will let you know what times are available and you can schedule an appointment from available options. […]

July 28, 2020

Plant-a-Row at BAPL

BAPL Main Library (11 W. Church St.) is now a drop-off location for “Plant A Row Lehigh Valley.” Plant-a-Row is a group of local gardeners who supply fresh produce to food pantries, soup kitchens, and meal centers. Area gardeners are encouraged to bring their overflow produce to the library on Mondays from 1-8 and Tuesdays […]

July 16, 2020

We are not accepting donations of books at this time

BAPL has temporarily halted the acceptance of donated books, effective July 20. We need some time to go through the large volume we’ve received recently and are running out of room. Thank you for your generosity! We do not expect this to last for very long, but please refrain from bringing donations of books and […]

June 30, 2020

BAPL is now offering touchless borrowing!

Starting Tuesday June 30, BAPL is thrilled to begin offering touchless check-out services! You may place a hold or request a book online or over the phone, and visit Main, the South Side branch, or Coolidge for touchless pickup. How do I place a hold or reserve a book? Call the Main, South Side branch, […]

June 29, 2020

Antiracist Resources

The Bethlehem Area Public Library is committed to actively supporting essential conversations and actions to confront racism in America. This page will feature antiracist resources available in our collections, links to external resources, and information about library programs that promote antiracist conversation within our community and with our patrons. In our collections Antiracist reading Stamped […]

BAPL News, Book recommendations, Programs at BAPL, Reference
June 23, 2020

A Celebration of Latinx Stories at BAPL: from 1976-Today

IN 1976, BAPL’s South Side Branch became an intellectual haven for Bethlehem’s Latinx residents and a “fiesta para todos” would celebrate the library’s new multi-cultural vision and resources available for the Hispanic community. In 2019, through a Mellon Grant from Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium and in partnership with Lehigh University, BAPL’s Janine Santoro began […]

BAPL News, Bethlehem Latinx Oral History Project, South Side Branch
June 22, 2020

Summer Food Service Program at BAPL South Side

The Bethlehem Area School District provides free meals for children in Bethlehem ages 18 and under during the summer. The South Side Branch of BAPL (400 Webster St.) is happy to serve as a pick-up location. Breakfast and lunch meals will be available for pickup Mondays (meals for 2 days) and Wednesdays (meals for 3 […]

BAPL News, South Side Branch
June 16, 2020

Love Notes to the Library

We’ve gotten some email love notes and even some actual love notes on the books being returned. Keep them coming. We miss you too and love seeing your notes!  😻😻😻                                

June 8, 2020

Starting Tuesday June 9: Bring Your Books Back to BAPL!

Starting Tuesday June 9, the Bethlehem Area Public Library will accept fine-free returns of all library materials currently on loan to our patrons. There are over 15,000 items checked out! It will take us some time to receive and return them all to our collection safely. In order to prepare to lend them out to […]

May 27, 2020

No library items due

All library items have been renewed with a due date of July 1. This is updating a previous announcement which stated that today (May 27) was the due date. No items are due today! We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience. Stay home and stay safe and we’ll see you soon.