402 Delaware Avenue

Palmerton, Pennsylvania 18071

Phone 610-826-3424

Email plapalm@ptd.net

Our aim is to be the cultural center of the area; our claim is that we give friendly, personalized service to every cardholder. We hope you will enjoy coming here as much as we enjoy having you.

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10 A.M. - 8 P.M.


10 A.M. - 5 P.M.


10 A.M. - 5 P.M.


10 A.M. - 5 P.M.


10 A.M. - 5 P.M.


 9 A.M. - 4 P.M.




Your Library began in 1911, when a committee of citizens solicited donations of books and cash to provide a library in a room of the new Neighborhood House, which the New Jersey Zinc Company completed that year.

In 1928, the Palmerton Library Association was formed with a board of nine trustees, and governance of the Library passed from NJZ to private citizens of the community. Although the bulk of financial support still came from the Company, its employees still staffed the library.

In 1952, the Neighborhood House became the borough hall, and the Borough Council became the Library's new "godfather".

In 1973, the Library declared its independence from both Company and Borough by accepting the gift of the directors of the First National Bank: their building at Fourth and Delaware Avenue.

In 1992, contributions from private citizens, local businesses and the "new" Zinc Company (HRD) were matched by a Federal Grant, enabling the Library to build a two-story annex, which now houses a children's center (first floor) and a gallery and conference room (second floor).

Your Library raises about 60% of its yearly operating budget (currently $180,000) from private sources, but its future in an increasingly technological world will depend upon substantially more public tax-based support.



Borrowing Limit:


10 books for an adult card; 2 video tapes

5 books for a juvenile card; no video tapes

Borrowing Period:


Books - 2 weeks with renewals

Audio books - 2 weeks with 2 renewals

Magazines - 2 weeks with renewals

Videos and DVD's - 2 weeks with no renewals

CD's - 2 weeks with 2 renewals



Books, Magazines, CD's, Audio Books - 10 cents per day plus postage if notices are sent

Videos and DVD's - $1.00 per day excluding weekends & holidays


May be made by telephone during regular business hours.


Inter-Library Loans - Through the ACCESS PA system, patrons may borrow books from other PA libraries at no cost.

Access PA Program - Our cardholders will be provided ACCESS stickers entitling them to free service at all other participating libraries. ACCESS cardholders from other libraries are welcome here.

Computers - Three computers with connections to the INTERNET are available for public use. Computer print-outs are 25 cents a copy.

Purchase of Books - We are happy to order books for you from our wholesaler at 20% discount, plus tax.

Book Resales - Used books are on sale year-round. (Donations of books are always welcome.)

Children's Programs - Story Time for pre-school children is held most Fridays at 10:30 A.M. Programs for older children will be announced.

Summer Reading Program - During summer months in June, July, and August, the programs are for schoolchildren, grades K-6.

Hand-Puppet Theater - The theater is available for use by groups and individuals in the Children's Room in the Gallery.

Arts and Crafts Exhibits - Exhibits are shown on a regular basis in the Library Gallery.

Musical Programs - Live and recorded concerts in the Gallery will be announced.

Palmerton Historical Society - Public meetings are held in the Gallery every second Monday of the month. Local historical materials shelved on the basement are available to the public by appointment.

Public and Private Meetings - Local groups may schedule meetings in the Library Conference Room or the Gallery. Fees are negotiable.

Memorial Books - Books may be purchased for the Library collection to honor a person or occasion.

Photocopier - Copier is for public use at 25 cents a copy. Clubs and individuals may arrange for printing of special materials (bulletins, programs, etc.) at special rates.

Friends of the Library - Friends of the Palmerton Library meet 4 times per year. They sponsor programs and fundraisers for the good of the library. Call the library for more information about joining the Friends group.