Questions While We’re Closed? Here are Answers!

We are monitoring news and updates provided by the CDC, Allegheny County Health Department and the PA Department of Health and our local leaders. We will continue to evaluate whether continued closure is necessary.

During this time, the Library is relaxing its borrowing policies. Please hold on to your materials until we re-open. All late fees will be suspended.

We invite you to explore the vast collection of digital materials, including eBooks and downloadable audiobooks; streaming TV and movies; magazines, music and more! Click HERE to learn more.

Here are some answers to common questions:

I have a book/DVD/etc. due in two days! What should I do?
Please keep all library materials during the closure. Most items are being automatically renewed. All late fees will be suspended. Please continue to enjoy the items you have already borrowed.

CHANGE as of 4/10/2020: Can I place something on hold during the closure? What happens to my existing holds?
Holds HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED. During the closure, all holds will be frozen. There is no delivery of items. When we reopen, they will be filled in the order they were received. (Overdrive/Libby holds are not affected.)

Can I get a library card during the closure?
Yes, you can apply for a digital library card here. This will enable you to access digital materials until the Library re-opens.  Click on “login or register” and then “I need a library card.”

Can I renew an expired library card during the closure?
Cards are automatically being renewed for borrowers through December 31, 2020.   


Contacting Us

More questions? Contact us:

Call us at 412-486-0211 and press 112 to leave us a voice mail –we will get back with you as soon as we can.

Email us at or

For expired library cards you can text 412-219-2575

Tweet us at @shalerlibrary

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Thank you for your patience and be well!