Due to a water main break and significant damage to our electrical system, we will only be offering the following contactless services at our 5th Avenue location. The library has opened a temporary pop-up library with a limited selection of books at the Transportation Center located downtown. Please call 814-232-7295 to make a browsing appointment.
Contactless Services Currently Being Offered at the Main Library 5th Ave Location
Learn from home!
Check out a variety of online tutorials and classes on our Video Tutorials page.
Online Library Cards
In order to provide access to our digital collections and databases, the library will be issuing library cards via phone and online applications. Please call the library 946-0417 ext. 125, Monday – Friday between 8:30am – 4:30pm to request your card. Patrons may also visit https://altoona.sparkpa.org/eg/opac/register 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.
Please feel free to take advantage of our online research tools, some of which are now available at home.
Staff is available to continue to provide reference services via the phone. Please call 814-946-0417 ext. 125, Monday – Friday between 8:30am – 4:30pm.
WIFI Drive-in Zone
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.
Curb-side/Car-side Pick up
Beginning Monday, April 19th, 2021
When patrons are called about their holds, they will be given the opportunity to choose a pick-up location — 5th Avenue or Transportation Center.
In addition, if picking up at the 5th Ave location, patrons can choose to pick up curbside (on the porch by the main doors) or a staff person will deliver their items directly to their car. Please call 814-946-0417 ext 125 for more details.