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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to get a library card?

Please view our Membership Eligibility for complete information of who can join the library and how to do so.

Do I need a library card to use the computers?

You do not need a library card to use our computers. Any member of the public may use our public computers. No sign-in is required.

My children go to Nazareth schools, why can we not get library cards?

The library receives no funding from Nazareth Area School District. School district distribution has no bearing on library service area.

Residents of Stockertown, Tatamy, and Plainfield Townships are not eligible for MLVN Library cards because those townships do not contribute to the library’s funding. If you are a resident of one of these townships, you may purchase a library card from one of the following libraries, to be used only at the library issuing the card:

Bangor Public Library
Easton Area Public Library
Blue Mountain Community Library 

If you are a resident of a township that does not support a public library, consider talking to your local government officials about the benefits of doing so

Programs, events, and library space usage are open to all members of the public.

If I can't join MLNV, where is my library?

The following is a list of local libraries and the townships that they serve.

Go to Memorial Library of Nazareth if you live in:

  • Bushkill Township
  • Lower Nazareth Township
  • Nazareth Borough
  • Upper Nazareth Township

Go to Easton Area Public Library if you live in:

  • Easton Area School District
  • Easton (city)
  • Forks Township
  • Lower Mount Bethel Township (the part served by the Easton Area School District)
  • Palmer Township
  • Riegelsville Borough

Go to Bethlehem Area Public Library if you live in:

  • Bethlehem (city)
  • Bethlehem Township
  • Fountain Hill Borough (Lehigh County)
  • Freemansburg Borough
  • Hanover Township (Northampton County)
  • Lower Saucon Township

Go to Mary Meuser Memorial Library if you live in:

  • Wilson Area School District
  • Glendon Borough
  • West Easton Borough
  • Williams Township
  • Wilson Borough

Go to Northampton Area Public Library if you live in:

  • Northampton Area School District
  • Allen Township
  • Bath Borough
  • Chapman Quarries Borough
  • East Allen Township
  • Lehigh Township
  • Moore Township
  • Northampton Borough

Go to Bangor Public Library if you live in:

  • Bangor
  • East Bangor
  • Lower Mount Bethel Township (part)
  • Portland
  • Roseto
  • Upper Mount Bethel Township
  • Washington Township

Go to Hellertown Area Public Library if you live in:

  • Hellertown Borough

To view a complete list of local libraries and the areas they service, click here.

NOTE – Some Northampton County Communities do not support a public library including: Tatamy, Stockertown and Plainfield Township. Residents of those communities may purchase cards at: Easton Area Public Library, Palmer Public Library and Bangor Public Library. These cards may be used at the issuing library only.

Do you accept book donations?

The library only accepts book donations during specific weekends before our biannual book sales. For up-to-date information on donation days, click here

The library accepts new and used book published within the last three years for consideration for our collection and for our ongoing lobby book sale.

How do you sign up for the online newsletter?

Go here or email [email protected] to sign up for our monthly newsletter.

How many times can I renew a book?

Books circulate for 2 weeks. You can renew a book three times, unless it is on hold for another patron (in that case, you cannot renew). Books will automatically renew unless a book is on hold for another patron, so calling or coming in to renew is not necessary. The library does not charge fines for overdue materials.

Please contact the Circulation Desk for renewal policies for other items (e.g., DVDs, museum passes, etc.).

My items are overdue, how do I pay fines?

The library does not charge fines for overdue materials. Materials checked out and not returned with the full eight-week renewal period will be considered “Lost,” and the patron in question will not be able to check out further items until the lost item is returned. If a patron has actually lost an item, they must replace in full or pay the full cost of an item to have it removed from their account. The library will also charge the full cost of replacement if an item is damaged beyond repair, i.e. heavy water damage, torn-out/missing pages, etc.

I damaged a book, what should I do?

The library has an in-house repair specialist who will freely repair minorly damaged books and discs. This includes damages such as, loose or torn pages, damaged spines, scratches, torn covers, etc. Patrons should not attempt to repair any item themselves, or they may be charged for further damage. Patrons who return items deemed damaged beyond repair; such as those with water damage, staining, writing, missing/torn-out pages, etc.; will be charged the full cost of replacement for the item in question.

What other items can I check out with my library card?

The library has a large collection of DVDs available for check out, including movies, TV shows, and non-fiction media. The library also has a collection of Xbox, PS4, and Nintendo Switch games available. Wi-Fi hotspots are available for patrons for a pre-scheduled, 1-week check out period free of charge.  The library also lends other odd items like board games, educational tools, and cake pans. The library has 5 ukuleles available for patron use.

How do I renew my library card?

Patrons who are residents of Nazareth Borough, Upper Nazareth Township, Lower Nazareth Township, and Bushkill Township must renew their library cards every three years. Patrons must present their library card in person to renew it. Replacement cards can be given at a charge of $3.00. Renewal of library cards ensures that patron information is up-to-date.

Patrons with an orange access card must renew annually. Patrons must present the same information as above, as well as their home library card with proof it is up-to-date.

Why can't I see what's on my child's account?

The library has vowed to protect the privacy of all patrons regardless of race, age, gender, sexuality, social status, etc. Any information, including the titles of books and other media checked out to a patron’s account, are considered private information and cannot be accessed or known by another person or entity for any reason unless required by law.  To view information on someone’s account other than you own, you would need access to that person’s library card with their permission. Many parents do have access to the children or ward’s library card information, and reserve the right to do as they please with these cards. Parents may present the physical card to a library worker to access their children’s account information, including current check outs, or login to their child’s account from home.

Where is the copy machine and how does it work?

There is a black & white self service copy machine located by the patron computers; the coin slot is located next to it (and it does accept small bills and give change!). Copies are .15 cents/page.

Alternatively, you may bring your copies to the circulation desk, where a staff member will copy your documents for you.

For color copies and special copying requests you must bring your documents to the circulation desk.

What is the cost of different services?

Please click here for a full list of services we offer and their respective costs.

What are your hours?

The current Library Hours are as follows:

Monday 10am-5pm
Tuesday 10am-8pm
Wednesday 10am-8pm
Thursday 10am-8pm
Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 9am-4pm (9am-1pm July & August)