Frequently Asked Questions
Library Cards (Heading)
How do I get a library card?
If you live in the Northampton Area School District (Bath, Chapman, and Northampton Borough, Allen, East Allen,
Lehigh, and Moore Township) you may get a library card at the Northampton Area Public Library. Come to the library with
a current ID and proof of address such as a bill to get started. If you are a teen in our service area you may use a
student ID to sign up for a card.
How old do you have to be to get a library card?
Children must be at least five years old to get a library card. Children age five to twelve can get a juvenile card.
Juvenile cards have a check out limit of 25 items and no DVDs.
Borrowing Materials (heading)
What items can I check out?
Books (excluding Reference and PA Collection), magazines, DVDs, CDs and audiobooks.
How long can items be checked out for?
Books, Magazines, CDs, and Audiobooks
Are there limits on what I can check out?
Magazines, DVDs, CDs, and Audiobooks all have a limit of 10 per card.
How do I reserve an item?
If an item you want is checked out, ordered or unavailable you may place a reserve on it at the Help desk, by calling
the library at 610-262-7537 or through your account online.
When your reserve arrives at the library you will be notified via a phone call. Once called you have three days to pick
up the item. After three days the item will be given to the next person on the reserve list or put back on the shelf.
What if the library does not have an item I want?
If the item is less than a year old it can be requested at the Help Desk in the library and it will be considered for purchase.
If the item is over a year old inquire at the Help Desk about Interlibrary Loan services.
Check out Request an Item (link to Request an Item page) for more information.
Fines and Fees (heading)
How much are fines?
Books, Magazines, and CDs
25 cents per item/day
25 cents per item/day
Are rented for $1.00 per item and fines are $1.00 per item/day
What if I lose my library card?
Come into the Library with your ID to obtain a new card. Replacemnet cards are $3.00.
What happens if I lose an item?
Keep looking! Call or come into the library to let a staff member know you are still searching and to see if the item
can be renewed. If the item is certainly lost you will need to pay the replacement cost of the item.
What happens if I damage an item?
Bring the item into the library and a staff member will evaluate the extent of the damage. If the item is deemed
beyond repair, you will need to pay the replacement cost of the item. Please refrain from attempting to fix the item
yourself as this can create further damage.
Library Technology (heading)
Who is allowed to use a Library computer?
Northampton Area Public Library card holders are allowed to utilize the public computers or tablets by signing in at the Help Desk.
A signed Internet Policy Form must be on file for you to use the computers. If you are under eighteen years of age your
parent must also sign the Internet Policy Form.
Does the Library have Wi-Fi?
Yes. No password or sign in required.
Does the Library have printing, copying, scanning and faxing?
The Library offers all the above mentioned services.
Northampton Area Public Library card holders may print from the public computers and make copies from the copier
behind the Help Desk.
Printing and Copy Prices
Black and White
8.5 x 11 - 20 cents
8.5 x 14 - 25 cents
8.5 x 11 - 50 cents
8.5 x 14 - $1.00
Card holders may scan papers and pictures to the computer free of charge. Printing rates apply.
Faxing is available - Local is $1.00 for 1 - 5 pages; $1.00 per page afer 5 and Long Distance is $3.00 for 1-5 pages; $1.00 per page after 5.
Does the Library offer computer help?
The Library staff is happy to help you on the computers when they can. For personalized help please make an
appointment by calling the library or at the Help Desk through our Reserve a Librarian program. We also offer computer classes
every Tuesday and Wednesday night, registration required. Tech Talk, which is a program offering help with tablets, is held the first Monday of each month at 1:30.
General Information (heading)
What are the Library hours?
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where is the Library located?
1615 Laubach Ave.
Northampton, PA 18067
Is the Library closed on holidays?
The Library is closed on the following holidays:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jack Frost Parade (Close at 5:00)
Thanksgiving Eve (Close at 5:00)
New Year's Eve
Will the library close for inclement weather?
Please check [Channel 69 Stormcenter] (link http://www.wfmz.com/weather/school-and-business-closings/149606)
and [Operation Snowflake] (link http://www.b104.com/articles/closing-alerts-489570/closings-12962159/) for closing