The Mission of The Public Library of Catasauqua is to encourage reading for pleasure and knowledge, to promote life-long-learning through print and electronic resources and to offer services and programs that encourage personal growth, thereby contributing to the quality of life of the communities it serves.


The Public Library of Catasauqua aspires to serve as a vital link in the chain of services available to all members of the communities it serves: Residents, businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations alike.


“The Library was a major planet in my childhood universe. The fact that it was on my block was part of it, as was the fact that my mother seems to have been on its board for my entire life (except for the few years when I filled her seat.)  At ten, I got my first paying job in the Library, shelving books for ten cents an hour for Mrs. Moat.”

When I was twelve, I met Edwin Beitelman when he worked on his Catasauqua history files in the Library. It was there that I first learned about Catasauqua’s major role in our nation’s industrial history. Given that opportunity many years ago, it’s no coincidence that I now manage the archives for the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

The entire Library was located in the basement then. It was warm and a little steamy in winter, wonderfully cool on even the hottest summer day. Sometimes it was quiet and a bit sleepy, but many evenings in the 50s and 60s found it crammed with high school kids, supposedly working on homework but actually seeing and being seen, while Mrs. Moat or Mrs. Parmet or whoever was at the desk by the door futilely tried to shush them. But people of all ages were always there—looking for the latest best seller, or a good mystery, or an Avalon Romance to take to the pool.

So the Library is a large  part of my life. I’ve researched my own books here. More importantly, it has been a large part of our community’s life for nearly a century, and I would argue that this part is more vital now than ever. Libraries in the 21st century are more than just places you borrow books for free, important as that is.  Now libraries are information and knowledge centers that allow everyone access to what they need to know and do to be successful in their personal, school, and work lives, and to be informed and engaged citizens.

The Library has been very good to me.  Come find out how good it can be for you, too.

-Martha Capwell Fox, author: Images of America, Catasauqua and North Catasauqua, 2001 and Images of America, Catasauqua and North Catasauqua Revisited,2011.


How do I get a Library Card?




  • Present official photo ID (driver’s license, employment ID)
  • Present proof of address (driver’s license, lease, utility bill)
  • If you are under 18, a parent or guardian must sign the card and present identification and proof of address. A legal guardian must present proper documentation
  • Through the Access system, a non-resident may be issued a Library Card in addition to a card from another municipality as long as there are no outstanding fines on that card. Please present your valid local library card at the Circulation Desk.


How do I renew my Library card?


Present current proof of address, a photo ID and your Library Card in person at the Circulation Desk to renew your Card.


How many items may I take out at one time?


At any time, you may have up to 6 items in circulation on your Card.


How do I return an item to the Library?


Items may be returned in the Library at the Circulation  Desk, or placed in the outside Book Drop at the top of the ramp.  Book Drop materials are checked in each morning.  There are no fines for items that were due the day before.

How do I renew an item?



  • Two renewals per item are allowed unless that item has been reserved by another patron.
  • Renewals may be made in person or by phone at 610-264-4151 .
  • Materials may not be renewed by leaving a message on our voicemail.



What if the Public Library of Catasauqua does not have the book, audio book or DVD that I want?



Through the Inter-Library Loan System, books, audio books and DVD’s may be obtained from libraries elsewhere in the State and beyond.  Inter-Library Loan items may be requested at the Circulation Desk or by phone at 610-264-4151.  Infrequently, no library may be willing to loan an item.

Can anyone use a Library computer?

Anyone with a valid Catasauqua Library card may use a Library computer.  Generally, computer use is limited to a maximum of 2 hours in a 24 hour period, unless permission is granted for an exception; for example, for test taking, for completion of a job application or homework.  Children under the age of 12 must be supervised by a responsible adult ( 18 or older).

Can I have a test proctored at the Library?


Yes. Contact the Library and speak with the Library Director at 610-264-4151. Certain conditions may apply.

May I donate books or DVDs?

The Library accepts donations of hardcover books, no older than 5 years, and DVD’s that have never been stored in an attic or basement (to avoid the possibility of mold). The Library appreciates a list of the DVD’s or books you wish to donate by author, title and publication date. Please submit the list to the Library Director, in person or by email at catasauquapl@cliu.org


-Virginia, Patron


Appropriate Library Behavior

By entering the Public Library of Catasauqua, you are making a commitment to act courteously toward all other persons here; to act respectfully with regard to public property; and to follow all rules of this facility. The Library Staff hope you will enjoy the library, that you allow others the same opportunity and that you will use the Library’s many services.

Please Observe The Following:

• The Library is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
• Supervise children at all times.
• Follow library computer policies.
• Use cell phones in designated locations, such as the lobby or outside.
• Engage in activities associated with the use of a public library.


The Following Are Not Permitted:

  • Destruction or theft of library materials or property
  • Use of alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Disorderly, disruptive or boisterous conduct
  • Threatening, harassing, intimidating or offensive language or behavior
  • Food or beverages at computer terminals
  • Smoking and use of tobacco products
  • Sleeping
  • Weapons
  • Bathing or shaving in public restrooms
  • Solicitation of any type
  • Pets or animals, other than authorized service animals
  • Loitering: Loitering is defined as behavior that is not purposefully engaged in reading, studying, using library materials or attending library events.
Children in the Library

Children are always welcome in the Library.  The Public Library of Catasauqua has three specific areas designated for materials for children:  A Young Adults area for those in Middle School through High School.  A Juvenile area for those in Grades 4 through 7 and a Children’s Room for very young children.


The Children’s Room was created to provide a welcome environment for all of its users. For the safety and enjoyment of all who use the Library, a responsible adult or caregiver must accompany children in the Children’s Room at all times. While in the Library, parents and caregivers are responsible for the safety and behavior of their children.

Computer Policies

Individuals need not be a patron of the Public Library of Catasauqua to use one of the Library’s public access computers. Everyone must, however, sign in and record the start time of their computer session. The Catasauqua Area School District is the Internet provider for the Library. Consequently, the Library’s computers have filtering software installed.Filtering software blocks access to many sites that have been judged to contain material that would be considered inappropriate for children to view. The Library does not disable the filtering software for any reason. Individual computer sessions are not timed per se, but, cumulatively, an individual’s sessions may not total more than two hours in a twenty-four hour period. In the event that all terminals are in use, and individuals are waiting for computer access, sessions are limited to thirty minutes.

Personal Considerations

Patrons are expected to maintain an acceptable standard of personal hygiene.

In order to maintain an orderly and pleasant public environment, Library staff are authorized to determine whether a Library patron is not abiding by these or other Public Library of Catasauqua rules and regulations. The Library reserves the right to respond to any and all conduct not expressly set forth herein, but which is considered by Library staff to unreasonably interfere with the use of the Library by other patrons, or which interferes with the performance of Library staff duties. Any patron who violates these rules and regulations may temporarily or permanently be denied the privilege of access to the Public Library of Catasauqua. A patron whose privileges have been denied may have the decision reviewed by the President of the Board of Trustees. Appropriate law enforcement authorities will be notified promptly of any unlawful activity.



Overdue fines:
25c per day
Maximum fine – $5.00


25c per page


$1.00 per page


Books must be returned within 14 days. Fine 25c per book per day if overdue.


DVDs must be returned within 7 days. Fine 50c per DVD per day if overdue.


25c per page