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T-shirts for sale to benefit the library!

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.

Reopening Plan

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.  […]

Libraries to Close for Routine, In-Person Public Library Services

The Pennsylvania Department of Education and Office of Commonwealth Libraries are recommending that all libraries close to the public as a precaution to prevent the spread of Covid-19 or the Coronavirus. Following this recommendation the Altoona Area Public Library will be closed for routine, in-person library services. The library will close at 5 pm Monday, […]

Basket Bingo 2020 Announcement

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: In the best interest of public safety and our sense of responsibility to the health of our community, we regretfully have decided to postpone Shamrock Basket Bingo this Sunday. We will reschedule at a later date and all previously purchased tickets will be honored. Please be patient while we work to reschedule the […]


The Altoona Area Public Library celebrated its history from its humble beginnings of a room atop a ticket office to the three-story, fully-equipped structure that stands today. On Thursday, November 9, 2017, the Altoona Area Public Library started off the presentation with the sealing of a time capsule at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, […]

ScanPA Digitization Project

The Altoona Area Public Library has recently joined the ranks of other libraries that have uploaded digital collections to Power Library’s PA Photos and Documents which is an online digital repository for preserving our history. The first collection uploaded was selected as a test case to prepare for future public scanning sessions. The collection consists […]