Using The Library




Obtaining A Library Card

All residents in the Mount Carmel Area School District can get a Free library card.

Cards for patrons under 14 years of age will need a parent or guardian signature.

  • Name and Address

  • Identification with proof of address*

  • Date of birth

  • Current Phone number.

[*Current ID can be a driver's license, state issued ID, a military ID, or a passport.  Proof of address can be a current driver's license, current utility bill or an other piece of official mail, a lease or purchase agreement, a checkbook with name and address imprinted, a student (K-12) report card or a school ID.]

Resident Library Cards are issued for three years. 

Replacing a lost card:     $7.00


As of August 3, 2018 New Patrons are restricted to one (1) DVD and two (2) books at a time for a period of 2 months.  After 2 months, if the patron is in "good standing" (no overdue materials) then the patron will be allowed to take out more library materials.


Checking Out Materials

  • Books and Audio Books:     2 weeks

  • DVDs:     2 days [You must be 18 years old and a patron in good standing to take out DVDs.]

Need more time?  Please ask.


May renewed by calling (570) 339-0703 during library hours or at our Circulation Desk. 

Renewals are limit on in-demand materials.  


Please return books to the Service Desk or dropped in our Book Drop Box.  

DVDs must be returned to the Service Desk.

*No Fines

Borrowing privileges will be suspended if patron fails to return library items.


Photocopies and Computer Print Outs  $0.20 per page

Microfilm Use

The Library's Microfilm Reader/Printer is available on a first come first serve basis.  Library Microfilm collection is of area newspapers dating back to 1860, U.S. Census, City Directories, Death/Birth Records, and Sanborn Fire maps.  

*Microfilm Copies: $0.25 per page


The Library carries the following newspapers on Microfilm:

Shamokin Register March 1860 - April 18

Shamokin Herald June 1862 - November 1893

Shamokin Times August 1878 - August 1881

Mt. Carmel Item January 1888 - March 1893

Daily News June 1911 - June 1912

Mt. Carmel Ledger October 1892 - October 1895

Mt. Carmel Semi-Weekly Item April 1899 - December 1901

Shamokin Weekly Item September 1884 - August 1887

Daily News September 1892 - June 1911

Mt. Carmel Item November 1902 - August 1969

Mt. Carmel News January 1925 - January 1930

News Dispatch January 1962 - November 1968

Shamokin News Item May 1969 - December 2006


Computer / Internet+

  • Six (6) Macs available.  One (1) hour time limit

  • Free Wifi available.  Four (4) hour time limit on your own device.  

You agree to abide by the Mount Carmel Area Public Library Computer Policy. 

Computer print outs: $0.20 per page 

While the Library Staff is available to help you get logged on, you must know how to use a computer when accessing the Library's computers.

The Library's Computer Policy can be found here


Interlibrary Loan System and Access PA

The Library participates in a statewide shared catalog offering patron-initiated interlibrary loan services.  You can search the catalogs of public, academic, and special libraries throughout Pennsylvania and place your own requests for books at the MCA Public Library.