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.

See the guidelines for appointment to the library’s Board of Directors

Patrons must present their own library card to borrow items.

Borrowing privileges are given to patrons in good standing. To be in good standing, patrons must:

  • Not have fees exceeding $10.00
  • Have a valid, unexpired library card.
  • Not have 4 or more items with status of “Claims Returned.”

Borrowing privileges on your account and the accounts of minors for whom you are responsible may be revoked if the criteria listed above are not met.

Lending periods:

  • 3 weeks – books, magazines, audios, music CDs
  • 2 weeks – new adult books, DVD (multi-disc), video/board games, kits, adult special displays, book discussion group titles, e-readers
  • 1 week – DVDs (single disc)

Item Renewal:

  • Items will auto-renew two times only.
  • Items cannot be renewed if there is a hold on that item or the patron’s account is blocked, and patrons will be notified via email or text message.
  • Video games, book discussion group titles, e-readers, board games and kits may not be renewed.

Limitations:

Patrons are limited to checking out 5 items by any one author, on a single subject, or in any one series

Effective Sept 1, 2021 the library will no longer charge overdue fines for items returned within 28 days of their due date.  Please keep in mind items will auto-renew two times provided no other patron has that item on hold and patrons will be notified regarding the item’s status via email or text message.  Patrons are responsible for paying fees associated with damaged items and items not returned within 28 days of their due date are assumed lost.

For more information visit: https://solehipl.libguides.com/fine-free

Patrons are responsible for making financial restitution to the library for lost or damaged materials. The library will not accept a replacement item in lieu of the replacement fee. Patrons not making financial restitution to the library may be sent to a collection agency and incur additional fees. No refunds are given for replacement fees, even if the items are found later by the patron; the materials are considered the property of the patron if that occurs.

Replacement fees for lost/damaged items:

Item Replacement fees
Adult and YA Hardcover $25
Mass market paperback $10
Trade paperback $15
Large print hardcover $30
Magazines and Cliff Notes $5
Children’s hardcover $20
Children’s board book $10
Children’s paperback $10
Music CD $18
DVDs $20
DVD/Blu-ray Combo $40
Video games current cost
Single CD for audio book $10
Audio book (multiple discs) current cost
Media case $10
Children’s CD/book kits $20
Children’s Read-Along DVD $20
Learn With Me kit (entire kit) $100
Learn With Me kit pieces current cost
E-reader (Nooks and Kindles) $250
E-reader put in book drop $10
Reference current cost
Board game current cost

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

The library accepts donations of gently used books and audiobooks: please limit to 3 boxes/bags at any one time.

Items must be:

  • In good physical condition and odor-free
  • No more than 10 years old
  • Brought in during operating hours

There are also two Better World Books bins located close to the patio in the library’s parking lot that accept item donations. For a detailed list of acceptable items, please click here. BWB is an online bookseller whose proceeds benefit the library as well as literacy efforts in third world countries.

  • 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 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.

For more information visit: https://solehipl.libguides.com/membership

Hours of Operation

Monday 10AM – 9PM
Curbside Pickup: 10AM – 9PM
Tuesday 10AM – 9PM
Curbside Pickup: 10AM – 9PM
Wednesday 10AM – 5PM
Curbside Pickup: 10AM – 5PM
Thursday 10AM – 9PM
Curbside Pickup: 10AM – 9PM
Friday 10AM – 5PM
Curbside Pickup: 10AM – 5PM
Saturday 10AM – 5PM
Curbside Pickup: 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.