Getting a library Card
Library cards are free to any resident of Cambria County, and can be used at any of the 14 Cambria County System member libraries.
You may register for a card at the first floor circulation desk. You, or a parent/guardian, must complete an application card and show an approved identification that includes your current name and address.
If you are not a resident of Cambria County you may still obtain a Cambria County Library card. If you are a resident of Pennsylvania and have a home library card with an ACCESS PA sticker, you may use that along with approved identification to obtain a CCL card.
Find out what kinds of materials the library has?
Types of materials
Cambria County Library is proud of its collection and the wealth of materials it contains. Books are available in both regular print and in large print. The library receives several current newspapers and subscribes to a large number of magazines. Both the children's department and the YA area has graphic novels and manga. The audio book collection has titles on CD, and also has Playaways (self-contained audio players). A music CD collection that includes classical, jazz, musicals, country, folk and other styles is very popular. DVDs include feature films, non-fiction videos on a variety of topics, anime and children's programs. Audiobooks and eBooks may be downloaded from the Overdrive collection to a wide assortment of devices. The YA area has videogames for several platforms.
The library maintains microfilm copies of the local newspaper dating back to 1853 and of the New York Times dating back to 1954. There is also a large microfilm collection of U.S. census information for Cambria County and many surrounding areas, covering censuses taken from 1790 through 1920.
Find a book?
Search our catalog for an item.
Borrow a book?
A patron with a valid Cambria County Library card, or a valid card from another Pennsylvania public library, may borrow circulating items from the library. Most items circulate for two weeks with two renewals unless on hold, with these exceptions: new adult books, test tutors, music CDs and non-fiction adult videos circulate for two weeks, while feature film videos and videos from both the children's and teen departments circulate for one week. Many materials may be renewed for one additional circulation period (maximum of two weeks, may be less depending on type of item.) Please contact the circulation department if you have questions about renewals. (In general, the bookmobile circulates materials for a different length of time.)
A small number of best sellers are purchased in duplicate for a rental collection. These items circulate for two weeks and a rental fee of $1.00 plus tax is charged upon check-out.
The library also maintains a temporary collection in support of the school reading competition. Items in the temporary competition collection circulate for two weeks
Renew a book?
Renewal requests may be made by bringing items back to the library, by calling the circulation desk or by accessing "My Account" through the online catalog. Most items will renew for two weeks, unless there are holds on the item. You may also be prevented from renewing items if you have overdue fines.
Borrow a book from another library?
Inter-Library Loan (ILL) is a service that allows patrons to borrow materials that we do not own from other libraries. If you can't locate a specific title, would like additional titles by your favorite author, or need articles from a magazine, the library will attempt to get those items through ILL. The library has access to over 29 million records from more than 6,500 libraries through ILL networking.
If you would like to request materials through ILL please ask for assistance at the circulation desk on the first floor. This service is available at all Cambria County Library System member libraries.
Download audiobooks and e-books?
Downloading audiobooks and e-books
Get help with a question?
Getting help with a question
Professional librarians provide reference assistance to patrons in the library and quick reference assistance over the phone. Reference librarians and other library staff help patrons locate desired materials within the library. They also give basic instruction in the use of the library's automated catalog and provide limited assistance with various computer programs. This service can be used by telephone by calling 814-536-5131 extension 210, by email or by using this online form. More information on Reference Department services are avable here.
Find out what assistive devices are available?
The library has several conveniences for sight-impaired people. Two Internet accessible computers are equipped with large, moveable monitors, changeable keyboards, adjustable type sizes, and alternative mice.
Find events and classes?
Calendar of events
Send a fax?
The library offers out-going fax service to the public but does not accept incoming faxes for the public. Out-going faxes are charged at the rate of $2.00 for each 5 pages (taxes apply). You must request the fax service in person, except for special reference services that may be requested over the phone. Please contact the reference department at 536-5131 for details.
Use a computer at the library?
Internet and computers at the library.
The library has over forty computers that may be used by the public for Internet access. Many of the computers also have Microsoft Office Suite (including Word, Excel and Access) and several reference databases. The computers in the Children's Department have several additional educational and entertaining programs.
A valid library card or a proper form of ID is required to use the public access computers. Patrons must also read the library's Internet Acceptable Use Policy.
Use the library's wireless connection?
Wireless at Cambria County Library
Cambria County Library has wi-fi available for use within it's building. You can find instructions on connecting to the library's wi-fi nestork here. Please read the Cambria County Library Public Wireless Access to the Internet Acceptable Use Policy Statement if you intend on using this service.
Request a tour of the library?
Tours of the Library
The library staff will give tours of the library upon request. For school groups call Leah Johncola, Head of the Children's Department at 536-5131, extension 205. For civic groups (for example, Scouts, Rotary, etc.) call Esther Vorhauer, Head of Reference, at 536-5131, extension 210.
Get something laminated?
The library offers a laminating service to the public. Paper items will be permanently heat-sealed in plastic laminating film. Items must be taken to the circulation desk on the first floor where they will be measured and a fee collected, starting at a minimum of fifty cents. The fee must be paid at the time the item is left. Items brought in by closing on Thursday will be ready for pick-up by noon Friday.
Reserve a meeting room?
Community Meeting Room
The library's community room may be reserved for meetings, workshops, and special events for a nominal fee. The room has a capacity of approximately 30-35 when set-up with tables and chairs and is equipped with a kitchenette, a projector screen, and a small blackboard. Other audio-visual equipment may be rented. Please contact the library secretary at 536-5131 for pricing and scheduling information.
Volunteer at the library?
Volunteering at the library
Contributions of your time are appreciated. Call the library at 536-5131 about opportunities to volunteer. Also, please consider joining our support group, the Friends of the Cambria County Library.
Find out about the library's music on hold?
Music on hold
Find library hours and directions?
Libary Hours and Directions
Cambria County Library is located at 248 Main Street, Johnstown PA 15901. Directions can be found here. Hours of operation are: Monday and Tuesday, 8AM to 8PM; Wednesday and Thursday 8AM to 7PM; Friday and Saturday 9AM to 4PM. Currently there are no Sunday hours.
Make a donation to the library?
Donations of Materials and Money
The library accepts donations of fiction and non-fiction books and audio materials for children and adults with the understanding that any item that is not added to the collection may be sold by the library. The library does not accept the following materials: back issues of magazines and newspapers, textbooks more than 5 years old, encyclopedias, or Reader's Digest Condensed books. The library does not appraise the monetary value of any donated item. For more information about donating materials to the library, please contact the reference department at 536-5131, extension 210.
While the library receives most of it's funding from Cambria County and the State of Pennsylvania, there are ways you can help your library. Donations may be made to have an item placed in the library in memory of a loved one.
Click here for a printable memorial form.
Items may also be purchased to honor an individual or an occasion through the "Adopt-A-Book" program.
Click here for a printable Adopt-a-Book form.
Other ways to make a contribution with a lasting beneficial effect include making a direct donation to the Permanent Trust Fund, managed through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, or including a bequest in your will. Leaving a legacy to a non-profit organization you care about benefits the entire community.
Contributions of your time are also appreciated. Call the library at 536-5131 about opportunities to volunteer. Also, please consider joining our support group, the Friends of the Cambria County Library.