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?




There are two ways to get a Library card, in person at the Library or online on our website.

If you are comfortable filling out a form online, please go to our homepage at www.catasauquapl.org . You will see a link to the form at the top right-hand side of the page – ‘Get a Library card’. Click on the link and it will take you straight to the form. Fill this out and click ‘Submit’.

Your application for a Library card will come to the front desk at the Library and a Library card will be allocated to you. A staff member will call you when your card is ready. Please bring a photo ID with you when you collect your Library card.

Please come into the Library in person if you would prefer to. A staff member will help you fill out the form requesting a Library card. You will need to bring your photo ID with you.

With your new Library card, you may borrow books, audiobooks, DVDs, and order items from other Libraries.



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 10 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 now no fines for overdue items.

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 or by accessing your account online.

To renew online please go to our homepage at www.catasauquapl.org. Click on ‘Our Catalog’. In the top right-hand corner, you will see ‘My Account. Click on this link and then log in to your account. Select an item to be renewed and click on renew. You will be able to do this twice for each item.

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?



To order a book from another Library go to our homepage at www.catasauquapl.org . Click on the link to ‘Our Catalog’. This allows you to search for the title or author you are looking for. The drop-down menus allow you to search in a particular Library or in the Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative, a group of Libraries that have a mutual agreement to loan books to each other. Some newer books may not be lent out. When you have searched for and found the item click on ‘Place hold’. Check the information, especially the Library where your book is to be delivered and click ‘submit’. Your request will come through to the Circulation desk and the book will be sent to the Library you requested. You will be notified when the item arrives

If you cannot find the item you are looking for online, you may request an item through the Inter-Library Loan System. These items may come from elsewhere in the State and beyond.  Inter-Library Loan items may be requested at the Circulation Desk in the Library or by phone at 610-264-4151.  Infrequently, no library may be willing to loan an item.

Can anyone use a Library computer?

Anyone 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 10 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?

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. Otherwise you may submit a photo of the spines so that the title and author are visible. Please submit the list or photo 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 do not need a Library card to use one of the Library’s public access computers. 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 may be time limited.

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.