Borrowing Books

How to Borrow Books and More

Search the library catalog to find books, audiobooks, DVDs, and more in the Bookmobile, County Library, and N4Cs Library collections. (Click ‘Search Catalog’ link in the menu on this page.)

You can log in with your library account number to see what you have checked out or to renew books. You can also reserve books that are being used by other patrons or which you want us to deliver during our next stop in your area. (Use the last four digits of your library account number in both login boxes.)

If you don’t find what you are looking for, we can either purchase it or get it from another library through interlibrary loan most of the time. 

We order new books regularly. You may request to be put on the waiting list for a forthcoming book.

Email or call 570-387-8782 to request books we do not have in our catalog.

Get a Library Account

Anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Columbia County can register for a free Traveling Library account. Please visit the Bookmobile, the County Library, or the N4Cs Library to apply for an account — you can also call 570-387-8782. Children of any age may have their own library card with permission from a parent or guardian. 

Anyone else may pay $15 per year per household for borrowing privileges with the Traveling Library.

The Columbia County Traveling Library is the primary public library for about half of the residents of Columbia County who do not have a traditional library in their area.

Which library is my primary library?

Bloomsburg Public Library: Bloomsburg, Scott Twp., Hemlock Twp., Montour Twp.*

McBride Memorial Library: Berwick, Briar Creek Borough, Briar Creek Twp., North Centre Twp.*

Orangeville Public Library: Orangeville Borough, Orange Twp.

Columbia County Traveling Library: Benton Borough, Benton Twp, Sugarloaf Twp., Jackson Twp, Pine Twp., Madison Twp. Millville Borough, Greenwood Twp., Mount Pleasant Twp., North Centre Twp.*, South Centre Twp., Mifflinville/Mifflin Twp., Beaver Twp., Main Twp., Roaring Creek Twp. Conyngham Twp., Cleveland Twp., Franklin Twp., Locust Twp., Catawissa Twp., Catawissa Borough, Montour Twp.*

*These townships are served by more than one library.

Bloomsburg Public Library and McBride Memorial Library charge $15 per year for households outside of their funded service areas. The Orangeville Public Library is free for anyone.

Borrowing Policies

Loan Periods

Every item in our collections can be checked out for a period of 28 days.

If a book is labeled ‘New,’ please read it and return them as soon as possible for others to enjoy – ideally within 2 weeks.


You may renew items one time. You can call or e-mail the library or renew books through your account for the Online Library Catalog.
If you need an extension beyond one renewal, please contact the library. If an item has been requested by another person, we will only renew it for two additional weeks.


You may return any Traveling Library items to the bookmobile, the County Library, or the N4Cs Library no matter where you checked it out. You may also return books to the Orangeville Public Library (which has a drop box), Rohrbach’s Farm Market, or the Locust Township Building. We do not have a book drop, but will get one after we pay off our new bookmobile.

Request Items for Delivery or Pickup

You can place a reserve request on library items if:

  • You want to request delivery of a book from the County Library or the N4Cs Library to your next Bookmobile stop.
  • You want to request that a book be pulled from the Bookmobile for pickup at the County Library or the N4Cs Library.
  • A book is checked out and you would like to be next in line when it is returned. It will be delivered to your regular pickup location.

You can place reserve requests in the online catalog by clicking the ‘Reserve’ button – make sure you see the note that your reserve was successful. You can also request reserves by phone or email.


The fine for overdue items is $1 per week, per item. The grace period for all materials is 14 days during which fines will be automatically forgiven. The fine accumulates during this time.

Parents and guardians are responsible for books checked out by children or other dependents.

If you have more than $10 in fines, you may not check out additional books unless you pay at least  $3 toward your fines.

Lost or Damaged Materials

You will be asked to pay our replacement cost for items which are lost or severely damaged, plus a $3 processing fee. It is acceptable to bring in a ‘like-new’ replacement copy and pay only the $3 processing fee.

Past Due Fines and Fees

After 3 months, you will receive an invoice for unpaid fines and fees. We will do everything possible to avoid dealing with collection agencies or courts, but after 6 months,  unreturned library materials become stolen property. The library belongs to everyone — please respect your neighbors by returning the items you borrowed.