Our Mission

Our mission is to serve the educational, informational and recreational reading needs of the residents of Coopersburg Borough, Lower Milford Township, and Upper Saucon Township, using the full range of available resources.

Southern Lehigh Public Library

Our growing collection features the following:

  • Over 60,000 books in print, e-book, audio CD and e-audio formats; 400+ books added each month

  • DVD, CD, VHS media plus streaming music and video capabilities

  • Over 150 magazine subscriptions in print and electronic downloadable formats

We also offer the following services:

  • 18 Public-Access Computers with high-speed internet access

  • Free wireless internet access from your laptop or mobile device

  • Sending a FAX for $1.25 per page. We cannot receive a FAX.

  • B/W and color printing and copying

  • Meeting room rentals

General Information

The Southern Lehigh Public Library Board of Directors meets monthly on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM in the library’s meeting room at 3200 Preston Lane, Center Valley, PA 18034.

Diana Inglis – representing Upper Saucon Township
Bruce P. Eames – representing Upper Saucon Township
Kat Moyer – representing Coopersburg Borough
Brian McCormick – representing Southern Lehigh School District
Leslie Staffeld – representing Upper Saucon Township

Patrons must present their library card each time they borrow or renew materials. Patrons are personally responsible for items checked out with their card.

There are no limits on the total number of items that may be checked out by each patron. Patrons are limited to the following number of items checked out on their account at any time: 5 items/author, 5 items/subject, 5 items in a series, 10 DVDs, 10 VHS.

Children under 18 years of age may not borrow video games, DVDs or videos. Those items must be checked out on an adult card.

Library materials circulate for 3 weeks with the exception of NEW items, video games, videos and DVDs, which circulate for 2 weeks. All items, except video games, may be renewed in person, online, or over the phone for one additional circulation period unless a hold has been placed on the item for another patron. Vacation loans for a period of 4 weeks for videos and DVDs and 6 weeks for all other items are also available, but these items may not be renewed. Vacation loans must be specially requested at the circulation desk.

A book drop and an audio/visual drop are provided for your convenience outside. All items borrowed from SLPL must be returned to SLPL. If they are returned to another library fines will accrue until they are checked in at SLPL.

Fines for overdue items are $.25/day/item for books and vertical file items, and $.10/day/item for magazines, $1.00/day/item for videos and DVDs, and $.50/day/item for books on tape, books on CD, music CDs, and easy tape/books. Fines are charged on days that the library is open. Overdue notices are sent beginning approximately one week beyond the due date. Names of patrons who do not return items or make restitution to the library for lost items may be sent to a collection agent and will incur an additional $12.00 collection agency fee.

Lost/damaged materials should be reported to the library immediately.

Below is a list of replacement costs for each type of item:

Adult & YA Hardcover $25
Adult, LP & YA Mass Market Paperback (Height = 18cm or less) $10
Adult, LP & YA Paperback (Height = 27cm or greater) $25
Adult, LP & YA Paperback (Height = 19-26cm) $15
Children’s Hardcover $20
Children’s Paperback (Height = 27cm or greater) $20
Children’s Paperback (Height = 26cm or less) $10
Children’s Board Book $10
Large Print Hardcover $30
Music CD $18
Magazine, Cliff Notes, Vertical File $5
Video $20
DVD $20
E Tape/Book Kits $10tape/bk,$7 bag
Single cassette or CD for Audio Book $10
Audio Case $10
Audio Books Current replacement cost or original cost
Reference Current replacement cost or original cost

The replacement cost of any item will be charged for those items that exceed the fixed replacement cost by 50%.

Lost library cards can be replaced for a $3.50 charge; lost barcodes for Access patrons can be replaced for a $2.00 charge.

The library accepts donations of used books, audio books, music CDs, videos, and DVDs. Items not retained for our collection are sold in our Book Sale Room. We are unable to accept encyclopedia sets, Reader’s Digest Condensed books, magazines, college textbooks, or items stored in a basement or attic that may be very dirty or have a musty odor. The library is only able to accept 3 bags or boxes per person at one time. Please bring items to the library during regular operating hours only.

BOOK DONATION POLICY

BOOKS AND MONOGRAPHS • Antiquarian, Rare and Collectible Books (ex: Special Collections) • Children’s Books • College Textbooks (published within past 10 years) • Foreign Language Books (in Western Script) • Hardcover Fiction and Nonfiction • Mass Market Paperbacks

OTHER MEDIA* • DVDs and Blu-ray Discs • Books on CD • Video Games
*Only send complete disc sets with original case art

A QUICK NOTE ABOUT THE CONDITION  OF MATERIALS

Books must be free of mildew, mold, and dirt. They should not exhibit excessive spine damage, have missing pages, or be missing their covers. Books cannot have water damage. Please leave any library treatments intact. No part of the book’s pages should be removed with scissors or razor blades. For media, sets must be complete and cannot be missing the original case art.

RECYCLE OR DONATE LOCALLY: Any books which do not meet the Condition Requirements above, Activity Books and Workbooks (ex: Coloring Books), Annuals and Yearbooks, Audio Cassettes, VHS Tapes, LP Records, & Computer Software, Books Published by Magazines (ex: Reader’s Digest Condensed and Time-Life Books), Britannica and World Books Encyclopedia, Case Law and Procedural  Books, Custom  Course  Packets,  Dated Reference  Material  (over 5 years old), Directories  and Telephone Books, Duplicate Copies (in  excess of  20 copies per title), Free Copies, Examination Copies, or Advanced Reading  Copies, Journals and Periodicals (ex: Literary Criticisms), Microfilm and Microfiche, Newspapers and Magazines (ex: National Geographic),  Non-Western  Script  Books,  Tax  and Government  Documents  or Forms.

  • The collection includes books, music CDs, magazines, audio books, large print materials, videos, DVDs, e-books, e-audios, e-magazines, streaming movies and music, video games,and reference materials in print and electronic format for children and adults.
  • Materials owned by the library but not found on the shelf may be put on hold at the circulation desk or patrons may place their own holds online for no charge. When the item becomes available, the patron will be notified by email. Items will be held for 4 business days. Items not picked up will be returned to circulation.
  • Materials not owned by our library may be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan from libraries across the United States. You must be a registered patron in good standing and resident of one of the three municipalities in our service area to use this service. Access patrons must request Interlibrary Loans from their home library. Please ask a staff person for additional information and assistance.
  • The library provides free high-speed access to the internet on all computer workstations. The library also provides free wireless internet service via 3 Cisco access points for patrons who wish to connect using their own laptop or pda (wireless network card required). Patrons are responsible for abiding by the terms of our Internet/Online Catalog Policy.
  • The library provides Storytimes for children aged 0-5 years. Information about scheduled sessions is available on the website and at the library.
  • Summer Reading Club and other summer programming for children of all ages is offered at the library June – August.
  • We sponsor an Adult Book Discussion Group. A schedule of meeting times and book selections is available at the library.
  • The library staff also conducts tours and special library programs at the request of school personnel or community groups when library personnel are available to do so.
  • A self-service photocopier is available. Standard and legal size black and white copies are $.15/side, and color copies are $.50/side. Ledger size black and white copies are $.60/side, and color copies are $1.00/side. Scanning to USB, email, Google Drive is $.50/page, and fax services are available for $1.25/page.
  • Library news can be found on our website, on the library message board, on the library’s FaceBook page,and in the library’s monthly calendar/newsletter (copies available at the Circulation Desk or on our website).

The Southern Lehigh Public Library is a limited public forum and provides meeting room space for library programs and for other meetings and programs of an informational, educational, cultural, and civic nature. The library meeting room spaces are available to the community consistent with the library’s mission of expression and exchange of ideas. Use of the facilities by other community groups is allowed when not needed by library or library-related activities, programs, and meetings, and when such use does not interfere with or disrupt the programs, activities, and normal operations of the library, or cause a security risk or safety hazard to library staff, property or patrons.

Meeting rooms may not be used for or under any of the following reasons or conditions:

  • For a purely social purpose, i.e. family/friend parties or gatherings, business or community organization parties.
  • At a time when the meeting room(s) is needed for a library-sponsored event, unless prior written confirmation has been received and payment has been made.

Southern Lehigh Public Library reserves the right to accept, renew, or reject requests for use of the room(s) under the established policy.

Southern Lehigh Public Library provides meeting room space as a public service but does not endorse the views or opinions of groups utilizing these facilities

Rental Application

Meeting Room Policy

Meeting Room Layout

Meeting Room Equipment

Residents of Coopersburg Borough, Lower Milford Township, and Upper Saucon Township are entitled to free memberships. When first registering for a library card, you must present a valid driver’s license and proof of address. Children may obtain their own library cards when they are 5 years of age. A parent/guardian must sign for the child and present proof of address and a valid driver’s license. Library cards must be renewed every three years. Please inform the library if your registration card information changes at any time.

Southern Lehigh Public Library participates in the statewide ACCESS PA program. Registered patrons in good standing may have borrowing privileges at other participating libraries across the state. The patron must return materials borrowed from other libraries to those libraries. Please ask a staff person for additional information and an ACCESS PA sticker.

All policies are available as a PDF download:

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Hours of Operation

Monday 10AM – 9PM
Tuesday 10AM – 9PM
Wednesday 10AM – 5PM
Thursday 10AM – 9PM
Friday 10AM – 5PM
Saturday 10AM – 5PM

In case of inclement weather please listen to the following radio stations for library closing information: WAEB-AM (790), WAEB-FM (104.1), WZZO-FM (95.1). You may also check WFMZ (Channel 69) Storm Center Update online at www.wfmz.com. Information is also available by calling (610) 282-8825.