Borrowing Policies

Borrowing Limits

Adult Cards
  • 15 books
  • 5 DVD’s and/or video tapes
Juvenile Cards
  • 5 books
  • No DVD’s and/or video tapes

Borrowing Periods

  • Books: 3 weeks with 2 renewals
    • New Fiction: 2 weeks with 2 renewals
  • Audio Books: 3 weeks with 2 renewals
  • DVD’s/Videos: 1 week with 2 renewals
  • DVD Series: 2 weeks with 2 renewals

Holds Shelf

  • Items from our library will be held up to 7 days after notification
  • Items not from our library will be held up to 4 days after notification


  • No fines for overdue books
  • Charges will be accrued if an item is damaged or officially lost
  • Inter-Library Loans will accrue charges if the lending library charges for late returns


  • Items may be renewed by phone during regular business hours, or you can renew online
    • To renew your library books online or to view your library lending history click on the link above. The first time you log on, your Patron Number is your library barcode number with no spaces in between the numbers and your PIN is 1234. Once you log in, you can then change your PIN to whatever you want.
  • The system will automatically renew items on the date due unless the item is on hold for another patron

The Palmerton Area Library Association is supported by the Palmerton Area School District and by the following municipalities:  Palmerton Borough, Bowmanstown Borough, Lower Towamensing Township and Towamensing Township.