How do I get a library card?

Bring a driver’s license with a current address (or additional proof of current address if necessary) and fill out a library card application. Your library card is useable in any Allegheny County library and gives you access to the entire system. Children ages 3-15 will require a parent or guardian to sign for them. Get started today with the online application.

How do I look up to see if the library has an item?

Books, movies, and more may be looked up in the library catalog. Materials are searchable by author, title, subject, or keyword. You are also able to reserve or request items through the catalog.

How do I access my account?

Sign into the online catalog to see what you have checked out, view your holds, and renew items. You can also request items directly from the catalog, view your past searches, and get personalized recommendations for items you might like.

What types of things can I borrow?

The library offers books, DVDs, music CDs, magazines, and audiobooks for children, teens, and adults.

How many things can I check out at a time?

There are no limits on the number of items per card.

How long can I check something out?

Most materials check out for three (3) weeks. New adult fiction, magazines, music CDs, and Adult/YA DVDs check out for one (1) week.

Can I have things for longer if I need to?

You may renew an item twice either online, on the phone, or at the library as long as there are no holds on the item.

Where do I return things?

All materials may be returned inside the library or in the outside book drop (with the exception of book baskets or other items too large for the drop). You can also return Western Allegheny Community Library items to any other library in the county system unless otherwise noted.

What if I'm late returning something?

Late fees are as follows: Books & magazines are 25¢ per day; audiobooks, DVDs, & music CDs are 50¢. An accumulation of more than $10.00 fines will block your card until the fine is paid. More than $20.00 fines will prevent your card from accessing the computers.

Can I get something from another library?

Materials may be requested from any library in Allegheny County or via Interlibrary Loan from other libraries in the country. Requests may be made through the online catalog or at the library.

How do I access eBooks and other downloads?

eBooks, eMagazines, downloable music, and streaming videos are all available for free through countywide online resources. Visit the eResources page for more information.

Where do I find articles and do research online?

Databases, articles, periodicals, and other online resources are found under Find Articles & More. Click “remote access” next to the needed resource and use your library card to sign in.

How do I sign up for storytimes or events?

Check our Events Calendar for full program listings for children, teens, adults, and families. Registration is required and appreciated for all events.

How do I get on the computer?

Computers are accessed with a valid library card. Laptops are also available for in-house use with a library card and ID. You recieve one hour initially and may request extra time if no one is waiting.

Can I print from the computer?

Printing is 20¢ a page for black & white and 50¢ for color.

What if I bring my own laptop or mobile device?

Wireless internet is free and accessed with your library card. Wireless printing is available for laptops with Windows or Mac OS. The Wi-Fi & Mobile Printing page gives detailed directions.

What about faxing or copying?

Copying is available at the same cost as printing and is self-serve, although staff may assist if needed. Faxing is 50¢ per page.

Do you have tax forms?

Federal and State tax forms are available after the first of the year. Please call to see if a specific form is available.

How can I help support the library?

Volunteering opportunities, the W.A.F.E.L. friends group, and other support is always appreciated. Visit the Volunteering page for details on how you can be a part of our growing library community.

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