Frequently Asked Questions
- Where can I use my library card?
Your LCLS library card can be used at 10 convenient locations throughout Lackawanna County. It can also be used at the University of Scranton, Marywood University, Keystone College and Penn State University-Worthington Campus. In addition, the Access Pennsylvania symbol on your library card entitles you to borrow material from any one of over 2,000 participating Pennsylvania libraries.
- I work in Scranton, but live in Moscow. If I borrow a book at Scranton, can I return it to the North Pocono Public Library in Moscow?
Yes, Lackawanna County Library system materials can be returned at any Lackawanna County Library System location.
- If I use the Abington Community Library in Clarks Summit, but the book I want is in the Scranton Public Library, can I have it sent to Abington or do I have to travel to Scranton?
If you wish, we can send the book to the library that is most convenient. Ask the librarian in your nearest Lackawanna County Library System location for more information.
Library Card Registration
- How do I register for a library card?
You can register in person at your nearest library (see how to register for a library card for more details) or you can apply for a library card online.
- I live outside of Lackawanna County, but I want to borrow materials from the Lackawanna County Library System. What can I do?
If you live in Pennsylvania, find out whether your hometown library participates in the Access Pennsylvania Statewide Library Card program. If they do, you can get a Lackawanna County Library System card at no charge providing you show a valid library card from your hometown library that displays the Access Pennsylvania symbol.
If your hometown library does not participate in Access Pennsylvania or you live outside of Lackawanna County, you can receive all of the benefits of the Lackawanna County Library System card for just $10 a year.
- I am a student at the University of Scranton, but my driver's license says I live in New Jersey. Do I still have to pay the $10?
No, if you have a valid student ID from the University of Scranton, Marywood University, Penn State Worthington Campus, or Lackawanna College, you can get a Lackawanna County Library System card at no cost.
- Once I register, when does my card expire?
If you are a Lackawanna County resident, your card is good for 3 years. If you live outside of Lackawanna County and are not a student, your card is good for 1 year. If you are a student at the University of Scranton, Marywood University, Penn State Worthington Campus, or Lackawanna College who does not normally live in Lackawanna County, your card is valid until 1 month before the end of the school year.
- What do I do if my card has expired?
Whatever you do, do not throw away your expired library card! Bring your expired library card to the nearest Lackawanna County Library System location. If you have no overdue materials, we will renew your card at no charge.
- What do I do if I've lost my card?
You may replace a lost library card in one of two ways: (1) Apply online and put "Lost Card" in the Comments field. (2) Present ID at any LCLS library. There is a $2.00 replacement charge for lost cards.
- I forgot my PIN number. What should I do?
Please fill out and submit this form and we will email your PIN to you.
- How do I update my street address or email address?
Use this form to update your contact information, including your street address, email address, and phone number.
- What are the advantages of giving my email address to the library?
There are many advantages. Here are the Top 4:
Use this form to give us your email address.
- You will receive reminders before your materials are due so you can renew or return them at your leisure.
- When your hold becomes available, you will receive a notification by email.
- If you wish, you can receive email notifications when new titles by your favorite author or on your favorite subject are cataloged.
- You will receive advance notification of special events and programs most of which have free or discounted admission with your Lackawanna County Library System library card.
NOTE: The Lackawanna County Library System does not, under any circumstances, release email addresses to other agencies, libraries, or companies.
- How long can I keep materials that I have checked out?
See our loan periods policy.
- What kind of materials do you have that I can borrow?
The Lackawanna County Library System has over 300,000 items that can be loaned including Audiocassettes, Books, Compact Discs, Government Documents, DVD's, Magazines, Talking Books, and Videos for adults and children.
- How can I find out what books and other materials you have?
There are computerized catalogs available at all ten Lackawanna County Library System locations. In addition, you can also access our catalog from your home computer.
- How do I ask a reference question?
You can use our Online Contact Form to send us your question. Simply select "Ask a Reference Question" as the subject of your message. One of our reference librarians will respond to your question promptly.
- When I search for an item in the catalog, its located is listed as "Stacks." What are "Stacks"?
"Stacks" is another name for library shelving. Ask a staff member or use the signs in your local library to find the call number associated with the item (e.g.; 364.24, FICTION TWAIN etc.).