The Free Library of Northampton Township is a full-service library with over 112,000 print and non-print items including books, magazine, books on CD, electronic books, DVDs and Blu-ray movies, music CDs, and video games.
After selecting items from this collection, patrons can use one of the two contact-free self-checkout kiosks. Scan a library card, input a PIN, and place items on the kiosk’s shelf. Everything is checked out within seconds.
The library has wireless internet throughout the building as well as computers with internet access, word processing, and other software programs. There is also an extensive computer database with current and back issues of magazines, reference resources and downloadable music and movies. The library offers a full range of programs for everyone.
The Free Library of Northampton Township began as an idea in 1966 when the Northampton Woman's Club began investigating the possibility of a library to replace a once-a-week bookmobile visit. Three years later, the Township partnered with volunteers to transform a Nike base barracks into a library.
As the years went by, the use of the library grew beyond expectations. The library shared its facilities with the Council Rock Senior Center from 1985 until the Senior Center relocated to a new building in 2004. At the same time as the Senior Center's relocation, construction began on an expansion project for the library to triple its size to 30,000 square feet. Construction was completed in the fall of 2006, making the library a true landmark in the community.
If you are you interested in researching or learning about the history of Northampton, we encourage you to stop by the Township Archives located next to the large conference room at the rear of the library. The Archives, which is administered by the Historical Commission, houses many different maps and photographs, which highlight the many changes that the township has gone through since it was established. There is also information about historic homes and farms located within the township.
The Archives is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12pm to 8pm, or by appointment. The archivist can be reached at 215-357-3050 Ext. 207 or by email at email@example.com and the Historical Commission can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.