Requesting Holds on Materials

You can place a hold on an item while it is checked out by another person, or if the item is labeled “In Processing” or “On Order” in the catalog. To place the hold you must be logged in to “My Account” using your barcode number and access pin.

Materials found at Bethlehem Area Public Library or Easton Area Public Library (which, like the Allentown Public Library, are part of the Lehigh Valley Library System) can also be placed on hold and picked up at the Allentown Public Library. To search for items in all three libraries select “Search Entire Consortium” in the catalog.

You can request a hold on materials in person at the Reference Desk, by phone at 610-820-2400 x 2, or online through your Online Account. When a requested item is ready for pick up the library will, at your option, email you a notice, text, or phone you.

Items you cannot request a hold on include:

  • Rental copies of best sellers.
  • Bethlehem or Easton owned 2-week loan books or “new” DVDs.

Some materials not found at Allentown, Bethlehem or Easton can be requested through Interlibrary Loan service.