Friends of the Library
The Friends of the Bangor Public Library are dedicated to helping the Bangor Public Library.  One way they do this is by holding used book sales, house tours, cook book sales and various other activities to raise funds for the library.  The Friends meet at the library on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. New members are always welcomed and encouraged to come and participate.
Children’s Story Hour
Preschool Children’s Story Hour is held on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.throughout the year, except for the month of August.   The child must be at least three years of age to participate and must have a parent or guardian present for the hour.  For further information call the library.
Young Authors’ Contest
The Young Authors’ Contest gives encouragement and recognition to achievements in creative writing. Held each summer, the contest is divided into grades K-1, grades 2-3, grades 4-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. The story must be original and the author’s own work, and will be judged on organization, language/ grammar, originality/creativity, editing, and overall impression. Winners receive a free hardbound copy of their story. In addition, a signed copy of each winner’s book will become part of the Library’s collection.
Memorials and Gifts
The Bangor Public Library is a place to make a memorial or a gift which will continue to provide benefit to the community. Your tax deductible contribution to celebrate a special day or remember a loved one will be a lasting and meaningful addition to the library’s collection. Donations are always greatly appreciated by the library.
Internet Access
At the Bangor Public Library several computers are available to anyone in the Slate Belt area, providing that the person does not owe over $10 in library fines. Complete rules and policy statements are available at the library. Violations of the computer policy will result in loss of computer access.  Anyone under the age of 16 must have a parent come  to the library to review the rules and procedures, and sign the Internet Access form.
Inter-library Loan and  Access PA
If the library does not have the material you want, two options are available: 1. If you have a valid library card, live in the Bangor Area School District and have an Access PA sticker on your library card, you can go to any library in the state that participates in the Access PA program and check out books directly from that library. 2: If you have a valid library card and the item you want is not recently published, we will attempt to borrow the book and have the book delivered to our library for you.
Book Drop
Items become overdue at closing time on their due date. Every day at closing time all items not yet returned but due that day are considered overdue. If the item is put in the book drop after the library has closed for the day the item will not be checked in until the next day making the item one day late. Fines do not accumulate on days the library is closed. Please do not place books in plastic bags inside book drop. The bag of books will block other books from being returned. Please do not place book donations in the book drop. Please bring book donations to the library during library hours.
Bangor Public Library serves the communities in the Bangor Area School District. If you live in Bangor Borough, East Bangor Borough, Portland, Roseto, Upper Mount Bethel Township, Washington Township and the section of Lower Mount Bethel in the Bangor Area School District you are able to get a card from Bangor Public Library at no charge. To receive your first library card you will need to bring identification and proof of residency. A current driver’s license is acceptable. If that is not available, a lease agreement, bank statement or a utility bill will also be accepted. Your first library card is free. If the card is lost there will be a $5 replacement fee. The library card must be presented each time you come in to check anything out. If you live in Pen Argyl there is a non-resident fee that must be paid. The fee is $35 for a family and $25 for a single card for the first year. Thereafter the fee will be $25 for a family and $15 for a single card. If you live in Pen Argyl but work for the Bangor Area School District you can get a card at no charge.
The Bangor Public Library observes the following holidays and will be closed
  • New Years Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Please check News & Notes and Announcements for additional closings or changes.  Closings due to inclement weather also are listed on WFMZ TV and
Mission Statement
The mission of the Bangor Public Library is to provide free, high quality information, resources and services for all citizens residing in the Bangor Area School District and beyond.  As part of that mission, the Bangor Public Library seeks to promote life-long literacy, learning and personal enrichment by offering materials and services in a variety of formats.