Your Story: Allentown in Quarantine

What is this?

The Allentown Public Library is collecting stories from individuals on how the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting quarantine and mandates have affected their lives.


The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting quarantine continues to affect our society in monumental ways and will be remembered for a long time. However, sometimes it may be difficult for posterity to see how the lives of individuals and their daily experiences were changed. This is why the library is collecting those individual stories and storing them in our archives to be accessed by future generations.

How Can You Share Your Story?

Fill out the form on this page. A librarian will then contact you about how to record your own story or schedule an interview.

Easy COVID-19 Resource Guide for Patrons

March 2021

Check out CDs, DVDs and Audiobooks like

If on a Winter’s Night you need something to listen to.

You’ll be happy to learn that

The library is serving patrons via drive thru window pickup as well as inside. We ask all patrons to limit each indoor visit to one hour for book browsing or computer use.

Restricted Walk-in Service Expectations

All patrons are expected to wear masks and to be considerate of others, maintaining social distancing guidelines. Our staff will do our part to provide you with services while maintaining increased cleaning protocols and the same guidelines that we ask of our patrons. Browsing for materials or computer use are limited to one hour per day. The mezzanine, local history room, periodical rooms remain closed at this time.

In order to accommodate those who are uncomfortable visiting indoors, we will maintain drive-thru service. You may call 1-2 hours ahead to place books on hold, or place them on hold yourself using the MyAccount feature. You will be contacted via email, text or phone call (your choice) when your reserved materials are ready for pickup.

Please check here and on our social media pages for frequent updates.

Lehigh County

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Please take advantage of Allentown Public Library’s online resources!