Library provides a variety of technologies for the public use. Click on the drop down menus below to begin exploring what the library has to offer.
- Computers and Wifi
The library has 13 computers placed at least 6 feet apart to maintain adequate social distancing. These are accessible using a valid Allentown Public Library barcode which is located on the back of your library card or internet use only card. For more information on how to get a library card visit:
Computers Equipped With
Software and Programs
Microsoft Office 2013
Windows Media Player
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
Wireless access is available to the public during the library’s regular hours of operation. No library card or ID is needed. After connecting to the Allentown Wireless network via your laptop or mobile device, you will be prompted to enter a user name and password. You can receive that information from the Reference Desk on the first floor of the library.
Click for more information on the Library's Computer and Wifi Policy
Printing is available in the library from any of our PCs through the use of our print system. To pay for your printed pages, you must purchase a cash card from a vending machine in the Reference area using dollar bills. The cost of the empty card is $1.00, which after purchase may be loaded in $1.00 increments. Each printed page will deduct 15¢ from the amount on your card, which may be reloaded at any time. Pages are retrieved using your print card and your library card. For information or assistance, please inquire at the Reference Desk.
Printing is also available on laptops or mobile devices, either from inside the library or remotely through an internet connection. Via the PrintOn service, printed items may be sent from anywhere directly to our printer, where you can pick them up with your print card. Items will be saved at our print terminal for up to 48 hours for your convenience. For more information, follow the link below or inquire at the Reference Desk.
Photocopying in both color and black and white is also available. The cost is $.15 for black and white and $.25 for color pages. The copy machines take dollar bills or non penny coins.
- Scanning and Faxing
The Allentown Public library offers a self service terminal for faxing and scanning located in the Reference area. To pay for faxing and/or scanning you must purchase a cash card from the vending machine in the Reference area using dollar bills. The cost of the empty card is $1.00, which after purchase may be loaded in $1.00 increments.
The fee for a fax is $1.00 per page. A cover letter is generated free of charge. Incoming fax service is not available.
The fee for scanning is $0.50 per page. You can scan to email, usb, smartphone, or your Google Drive. Documents can be saved as .pdf, .jpg, or .txt file types.
- Workstation for the Visually Impaired
The library has a designated workstation with tools to assisted the visually impaired. Stop at the reference desk to reserve the station.
Topaz Desktop Magnifier
MAGic Large Print Keyboard
Canon CanoScan LiDE 110 Scanner
Dolphin Guide V.6
Adobe Reader 9
- Microfilm Readers
The Library has 4 microfilm readers available for public use located on 2nd floor. *Currently this area is CLOSED due to COVID-19 restrictions. (If you require copies of an obituary as outlined below, please send a request to the Reference Department that includes the person's name, date of death and any important information we might need to locate it. We will arrange for you to pick up a copy of that obituary.
Prints can be made for $0.25 per each page and be can paid either with change or prepaid library cash card.
The library maintains a Morning Call Obituaries Index for obituaries dating from 1895-1983 to help with your search.
Microfilm Collection Includes
Allentown Morning Call (1895-Present)
Allentown City Directories (1860-1980)
New York Times (1854-Present)
Washington Post (1984-2003)
The New Republic (1914-1963)
Friedens Bote (1812-1899)
Unabridged Republikaner (July 1810-Nov. 2, 1915)
Allentown Democrat Newspaper (Sept. 28, 1847-1914 incomplete)
Catasaqua Dispatch (Aug. 31, 1872-Apr. 04, 1914)
Passenger List: Port of New York (1863-1908)
Census Records (1800-1930)
American Fund for Public Service (1922-1941)
- Creation Station
The Creation Station is located in the library’s mezzanine. This area is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Creation Station is designed for audio, video and photo editing as well as website design and software programming. For a list of the hardware and software available on the Creation Station, click here .
When the mezzanine section is once again re-opened, you'll have full access to the Creation Station as follows:
Using the Creation Station
- A person may use the Creation Station if:
- They are working on a specific project that requires an Adobe program.
- They wish to learn how to use an Adobe program and is working through tutorials.
- You must have a valid library or computer use card to use the Creation Station. Learn how to get a library card here.
- The Creation Station is available on a first come first serve basis. Sessions are 2 hours in length.
- You are only guaranteed your session length. Make sure:
- If there is no one waiting for the Creation Station at the end of your session, you may continue working. If a new request is made, you will be given 15 minutes to save work.
- The librarians are not experts on the available software. If you have questions visit the tutorials found Here or search on YouTube.
- A person may use the Creation Station if: