Library card policy

Policy adopted by the Board of Trustees January 13, 1997
Policy revised February 10, 1998
Policy revised January 13, 2003
Policy revised February 14, 2005
Policy revised September 10, 2012
Policy revised August 11, 2014

As a member of the Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) and a participant in the Upper Hudson Library Access Network (UHLAN), Bethlehem Public Library provides library services to community, county and regional residents according to the following guidelines:

Patrons must present a library card or current ID in order to borrow materials.

Residents of the Bethlehem Central School District

  • Adult applicant will receive a Bethlehem Public Library card by presenting valid picture ID (driver’s license, passport, DMV non-driver’s ID) and proof of current address (driver’s license, utility bill, lease, etc.).
  • ID is required for library cards issued to young adults 14 and older if not accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Youth under the age of 14 need a parental signature in order to receive a library card.
  • Cardholder will receive full services of Bethlehem Public Library.
  • Card is valid at any UHLAN library.
  • Card is valid for 3 years, renewable upon verification of address and telephone number.

Persons residing within the UHLS service area (Albany and Rensselaer Counties)

  • Adult applicant will receive an UHLAN card by presenting valid ID (see above).
  • Parental signature is required for UHLAN cards issued to youth under the age of 18.
  • Card is valid for 3 years, renewable upon verification of address and telephone number.
  • Some services are restricted to Bethlehem Central School District residents.

Persons residing outside the UHLS service area

  • Applicant will receive a Bethlehem Public Library card by presenting valid ID (see above) and paying a $150 annual fee.
  • Card will be designated Bethlehem Use Only.
  • Card is valid for all family members for 1 year, renewable upon verification of address and telephone number and payment of annual fee.
  • Card is not valid for DAP access.

Persons working or going to private school within the Bethlehem Central School District but residing outside the UHLS service area

  • Applicant will receive a Bethlehem Public Library courtesy card by presenting valid ID (see above) and proof of current address (see above) and documentation of employment by a business or organization within Bethlehem Central School District borders (payroll stub, corporate ID tag, or letter on company letterhead).
  • Card will be designated Bethlehem Use Only.
  • Card is valid for 1 year, renewable upon verification of address and place of employment.
  • Card is not valid for DAP access.

Temporary, short-term non-residents

  • Applicant will receive a Bethlehem Public Library deposit card by presenting proper ID (see above), providing local and permanent addresses, and paying a $100 refundable deposit.
  • Card will be designated Bethlehem Use Only.
  • Card is not valid for DAP access.
  • Card cannot be used for interlibrary loan services.
  • Deposit will be refunded upon return of card and all borrowed materials.

College students residing outside the UHLS service area

  • Applicant will be issued a Bethlehem Public Library card by presenting proper ID (see above) and a current CDLC DAP card, and providing local and permanent addresses.
  • Card will be designated Bethlehem Use Only.
  • Card is valid until one month prior to end of school year.
  • Card cannot be used for interlibrary loan services. Interlibrary loan services are provided by college libraries.

Foreign exchange students

  • Applicant will be issued a Bethlehem Public Library card by presenting proper ID (passport or international driver’s license) and providing local and permanent addresses.
  • Card will be designated Bethlehem Use Only.
  • Card is valid until one month prior to end of school year.
  • Card is not valid for DAP access.
  • Card cannot be used for interlibrary loan services.

Au pairs, live-in household employees

  • Applicant will be issued a Bethlehem Public Library card by presenting proper ID (see above) and providing local and permanent addresses.
  • Card will be designated Bethlehem Use Only.
  • Card is valid for 1 year, renewable upon verification of employment.
  • Card is not valid for DAP access.
  • Card cannot be used for interlibrary loan services.

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