Gov. Tom Wolf has recorded a special message inviting Pennsylvanians to connect with their local public library’s SummerQuest program.  In it, he also reads a popular children’s book I Just Like You by Suzanne Bloom (Boyds Mills Press, 2018).  Bloom’s book uses pencil and watercolor artwork of young animals to communicate a message of tolerance and acceptance.

Applications for CARES financial assistance for renters and homeowners will be
available June 29; application submissions can begin July 6


PA Housing Finance Agency


The library administration is carefully working through the guidance from the Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries to provide a safe environment for staff and the public. The library will continue to offer the WIFI DRIVE-IN ZONE, READBOX, ONLINE CARD APPLICATIONS, PHONE REFERENCE, AND SCHEDULED CURBSIDE PICKUP.

Additionally, as part of a progressive strategy for opening the Altoona Area Public Library, the following services will be added
beginning Monday, June 8, 2020: APPOINTMENTS FOR LIBRARY COMPUTER USE AND APPOINTMENTS FOR MATERIALS BROWSING. Please see the attached PDFs for the procedures to schedule appointments.

Book Browsing Appointments

Computer Appointments

As part of the strategic reopening plan for the Altoona Area Public Library, the following limited services will be offered beginning Monday, June 1, 2020.



The library will continue to offer free Wi-Fi with a limited range outside the building. The parking lot parallel to 17th Street (Youth Room parking lot) is the designated DRIVE-IN ZONE.  Patrons may use the Wi-Fi from the convenience of their vehicles, using their own devices. We ask that all patrons remain in their vehicles while using the Wi-Fi and that all vehicles are parked in a parking spot. Any vehicles parked alongside the building will be required to move.


The library will be providing a READBOX, a shelf stocked with books, puzzles and other materials, Monday – Friday between the hours 10am – 3pm.  Community members are encouraged to browse this collection and borrow as needed, and return items in the book drop at the front door when they are finished with them.  The READBOX will be clearly marked and stationed at the main door, 5th Avenue entrance.


In order to provide access to our digital collections and databases, the library will be issuing library cards via phone and online application.  Please call the library 946-0417 ext. 125, Monday – Friday between 8:30am – 4:30pm to request your card.  Patrons may also visit to apply online for a card. It is very important to provide a valid phone number so that library staff can provide you with your card number. Once the card has been activated, patrons may access CloudLibrary (eBooks and eAudio), Newspaper Archive, POWER Library, and other resources.


Staff is available to continue to provide reference services via the phone.  Please call 946-0417 ext. 161, Monday – Friday between 8:30am – 4:30pm.


The Library is trying to do our part in making it easier for people to stay at home and promote social distancing by offering an individualized, scheduled curbside pick-up service during the closure.

Below are the guidelines for scheduling a curbside pick-up.

  • All books requested must be currently available at the Altoona Area Public Library. (Books from other locations are unavailable)
  • Materials may be requested by phone, 946-0417 ext. 125, or by email at . Please include in the email:
    • First and Last Name
    • Phone number
    • Library card number, if possible
    • Please include as much information about your selections as possible
  • Incomplete information may delay your email request.
  • You will be notified when your items are ready for pick-up
  • Items ready for pick-up will be located on a shelf next to the Youth Room door, along the 17th Street side of the building. Items will be bagged with the patron’s first name and last initial stapled to the outside of the bag.
  • Due dates for all materials will be on a receipt, included in the bag.
  • Instructions will be included about how to return materials when you are done with them.
  • Staff will not be available to assist during pick-up.
  • All materials will be sanitized before they are lent out and after they are returned.


Please feel free to call the library if there is anything else that we may assist you with while continuing to follow the social distancing guidelines.

The library is teaming up with Lightning Bug Gifts in Hollidaysburg to sell t-shirts.  For every shirt sold, Lightning Bug is donating $10 back to our library! Child sizes are also available.

Click here to order.

The Altoona Area Public Library is very excited to welcome back our patrons. Currently we are planning for a structured and tiered reopening.  Administration is reviewing the guidelines from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries for reopening the facility and serving our community. The health and safety of our staff and patrons is our top priority.  Please continue to check our Facebook page and website for our reopening status.

Basket Bingo has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 17th at the Jaffa Shrine. Doors will open at 12:30pm and Bingo begins at 2pm. Already purchased tickets will be honored on this new date. Any questions? Please call 946-0417 ext 120, ext 122 or ext 130.

Due to the library parking lots being repaved, book drops will be unavailable from May 12th through at least May 22nd. No fines will be accrued.  

Please be advised that the Altoona Area Public Library will remain closed till further notice.

The Pennsylvania Dept. of Education and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries have instructed all public libraries to close temporarily in response to COVID-19. These measures are an effort to be mindfully proactive to ensure a healthy environment for our communities.

We apologize for the inconvenience this is causing our community. Please understand that all fines will be waived during this period. Please visit our digital collection at