Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join the library?

Fill out an application form (also available at the front desk), and bring it to the library with some form of identification (driver's license preferred, but electric bill or other official mailing showing your address will suffice). Residents of Lansdale borough can join for free. If you live in surrounding townships, you are welcome to join the library after paying the annual fee of $35 (i.e., equal to the amount that borough residents pay in their taxes to support the library, which gets no county or state funding).

Children who live in Lansdale borough can apply for their own library card when they reach the age of 5. Children up to age 18 require a parent or guardian to sign the form. The parent or guardian must show proof of residence in Lansdale borough for the child to get a card; otherwise, we recommend that the parents or guardians get a family membership for $35 a year.

Note that even if you have a Lansdale mailing address, you may not live in the Lansdale borough because some post offices serve more than just Lansdale borough.

How do I search the catalog?

Use the search box on the library's home page to start your search for a book title. The primary search is on book titles, so the results will reveal titles but can then be changed to search for authors, subjects, keywords, and more. Choose "Set limits" on the search page to limit the results by collection (such as biography, children's fiction, adult nonfiction), media type (books, DVDs, CDs), language, place, or date published (so you can target a favorite author's newest book). You can limit your search to items that are currently available. Once you have set the limits for your search, click OK to return to the results page, and click the Search button again to see the results of your search.

How do I find new books?

Click the New@LPL link on the home page for a list of the newest acquisitions.

How do I request a hold on a book?

Type the book title in the search box on the home page to see if it is available. If it has been catalogued and is available in the library's system, put a checkmark in the box to the left of the title and click on "Request hold." In the pop-up box, you will see its current status. You can select "I want the first available copy" (the default setting) or "I want a specific copy" if you prefer large print or audiobook. Check the Hold box next to the title, and type in your account number (the barcode on the back of your library card) and your PIN. Then click "Submit request." We will contact you when the book is available and will hold it for 7 days behind the front desk.

Until a new book is catalogued and in the library's system, you cannot put a hold on it.

How do I find out when my books are due?

The due date is printed on the receipt given when items are checked out. To view due dates online, log in to My Account at the top of the page and type in your account number (barcode on the back of your library card) and PIN to see the titles currently checked out and when they are due.

How do I renew a book?

You can renew a book by clicking on "My Account" at the top of the page and clicking on "Current loans." Check the box next to the title that you want to renew, and a "Renew" button will appear. Click on that button and you'll get a notification that the item was renewed.

Books can also be renewed by telephone, or at the front desk.

How do I renew my library card?

Bring your card and proof of current residency in the borough to the front desk. If you do not live in the borough, stop by the front desk and ask to have your card renewed.

How do I find events?

You can click on the calendar link in the header to see a month-by-month listing of events at the library, which are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. You can also click on the What's Happening link on the home page to view the events scheduled for this month. You can also like us on Facebook to get notifications there.

How do I find special classes?

Various libraries in Montgomery County Literacy Network (MCLN) offer free courses to residents, including:

English as a Second Language (ESL)

General educational development (GED)

Adult Basic Education (ABE)


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