Become a Member

Residents of the Tamaqua Area School District are entitled to free membership at the Tamaqua Public Library. Non-resident rates for membership are $10 per year per family. Pennsylvania residents from outside the county, with a library card obtained from their home library (having a blue Access PA sticker), may apply for a complimentary Tamaqua Public Library card.

Application must be made in person with a valid driver’s license or form of government-issued photo ID, which contains the current address, address change card or current utility bill.

Patrons will be able to borrow materials as follows:

            Adults – 10 items on their account at any given time

           Children – 5 items on their account at any given time

Children are permitted to borrow audio/visual materials, as long as they are cataloged as either Juvenile or Young Adult. Full library privileges and responsibilities are extended to children when they turn 18.

You must have your library card with you in order to check out books. If you lose your card, a replacement card may be purchased at a cost of $5.00.

Circulation Periods
Most of the library’s books and books-on-tape may be checked out for a three-week loan period, with the exception of new fiction books, which have a 7-day loan period. Videos have a 7-day loan period.

You may renew books for one additional three-week period by calling the library prior to the due date. Videos and 7-day loans may not be renewed.

Overdue fines are $0.50 per day per item, with the exception of 7-day loans and audio/visual materials. The fine for overdue 7-day loans is $1.00 per day per item and the fine on late A/V items is $2.00 per day per item.

Circulation Limits
New Patrons  are limited to a two book checkout for adults and a one book checkout for patrons under the age of 18 during a probationary period of 6 months.

Patrons are limited to a ten book checkout for adults and a five book checkout for children. You must be 18 or older and have an audio/visual (A/V) registration form on file in order to check out movies or audio books.

Book/Video Returns
When the library is open, please return books to the circulation desk and pay any fines at that time. If the library is closed, you may return books in the book drop located by the front door. Audio/visual (A/V) materials may not be returned in the book drop. A $2.00 fine will be charged for each A/V item returned in the book drop.

Computer Usage
The library has public computers which may be used by library members to access the internet. Use of chat rooms and instant messaging is prohibited.

Patrons under the age of eighteen must have an Internet permission slip on file. The permission slip is signed by a parent or legal guardian in the presence of a library staff member.

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