All PA residents can sign up for a Spalding Memorial library card free of charge at the circulation desk in the library. We will simply need a driver’s license or other identification and proof of address. This can be a piece of mail with your name and address on it.

For Out of State residents, there is a $10 annual fee to sign up for a library card.

Your Spalding Memorial Library Card allows you to borrow/return materials and utilize resources from all nine libraries in Bradford County. (Allen F. Pierce Public Library (Troy), Bradford County Public Library, Green Free Public Library (Canton), Mather Memorial Library (Ulster), Monroeton Public Library, Sayre Public Library, Spalding Memorial Library (Athens), Sayre Public Library, Towanda Public Library, Wyalusing Public Library)

See our One Card Policy for more details.

To renew your materials online, click on My Account. This will direct you to our catalog, the top right hand corner is where you will log in with your full card number and your phone number. Members with 570 area codes can omit the area code from the number. All other numbers should include area code. No dashes are required. Once logged in, click on My Account. This will bring up a box with several tabs. Click on the Items Out / Renewals tab. Here you will see your options for renewal to the right of each material.

There are a few reasons an item might not be renewable. Items out for more than two renewals, items on reserve, and fines exceeding $10 are just some reasons you will need to call (570-888-7117) or stop in to renew your materials.

By logging in to our catalog with your library card number and password, you will be able to request titles. Please free to request titles at the circulation desk as well.

Access the catalog here:

Our conference room is available for reservation. Please call 570-888-7117 or stop in to reserve a time for your group to utilize the space.

Facilities Use Policies

We strive to provide our services for as many of our community members as possible. To accomplish this we provide outreach to several child care centers as well as the Sayre Health Care Center. When we visit the child care centers, the children get to experience what coming to the library’s story time is like. They read stories, sing songs, and create crafts. Sayre Health Care residents who choose to participate are visited twice a month and given new books that are specific to their reading interests.  

Books: Nonfiction, fiction, children’s and young adult books are loaned for two weeks with renewals available unless a reserve has been placed on the item.

Audio books on CD: The loan period is two weeks with renewals available unless a reserve has been placed on the item. These materials may not be returned via the outdoor book drop, as it causes damage to the material.

Magazines: The loan period is two weeks with renewals available unless a reserve has been placed on the item. 

DVDs: The loan period is 7 days with renewals available unless a reserve has been placed on the item. There is a limit of 5 DVDs per family. These materials may not be returned via the outdoor book drop, as it causes damage to the material.

All materials may be renewed by phone, 570-888-7117.

If the materials are not returned or renewed on time the following fines will be charged as follows:

  • 2 week non-fiction, fiction, children’s/young adult materials, audio books on CD, and magazines  – $.25/day/item
  •  DVDs – $1.00/day/item
  • DVD’s and Audio books on CD placed in outdoor book drop – $2.00/item
  • Backpacks, totes, health boxes – $5.00/day/item

As always, Pennsylvania resident library cards are free. Replacement cards are charged $2.00 and out-of-state cards are $5.00/person.

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We have nine public computers that are free to use and do not require a library card to access. We also welcome our patrons to utilize our Wifi. Please ask a library employee to enter the password into your device.

Internet Use Policy

Click to view the Ultimate Video Boss Computer Use Policy

Copiers: We have a black/white and color copier available for patron use. The cost is $.25 per page for B/W and $.50 per page for color.

Fax: The library has a fax machine available. The cost is $1.00 for the first page and $.50 per page for additional pages.

If you are looking for an adventure then come check out our passes to local museums and educational centers. These passes are available for any patron with a Spalding Memorial Library card and a small, refundable deposit. We are currently offering passes to the Discovery Center in Binghamton, NY and the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. Check out the policy for discovery center passes, and museum of glass passes.

Check out the Discovery Center!

Check out the Corning Museum of Glass!

We have a collection of Athenian yearbooks from 1914 to the current year. Years 1914-2014 are also digitized.  We have duplicate years of several Athenian yearbooks for sale as well. Please call or stop in to check on availability and pricing.

Our microfilm collection includes years 1919-2004 of the Evening Times, 2004-2014 of the Morning Times, and small collections of varying years of the Athens Gazette, The Valley News, and the Daily Review. Please let us know if you need assistance with our microfilm reader and we would be glad to help you. 

Looking for more Microfilm resources for newspapers printed in Bradford County? Check out this spreadsheet from Bradford County Historical Society:

Local Services

Athens Township Services Here you will find contact information for emergency services, local utilities, and more.

School District

Health Care

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital

Athens Health and Rehabilitation Center

Sayre Health Care Center