New Rental Books
Because so many new books are in high demand, the library offers some new books for rent for patrons who do not wish to wait for a copy to become available. Rental books cost $1.00 and can be checked out for 7 days. These books cannot be renewed.
Materials From Other Libraries
If you are unable to find the material you need at FLS, we can search other libraries across the county and state for the material and request that it be sent to FLS, where you can pick it up.
If the material is at another library in the Montgomery County Library & Information Network Consortium (MCLINC), we can place a request for the material and have it delivered to FLS. Normal lending limits apply, and if the item is not picked up within 7 days of its arrival at FLS, it will be returned to the owning library.
If the material is at a library outside of MCLINC but within the state of Pennsylvania, we can request material as an inter-library loan through our Access PA service and have it delivered to FLS. Lending terms for inter-library loan items are typically 30 days unless otherwise noted.
Please come in or call our reference department. We are ready to help you locate the information you need, whether you need to navigate books, journals, or online resources. Our Ready Reference shelf has various information sources such as almanacs, local directories, and government brochures to aid in your information search.
Photocopying and Scanning
We have a public photocopier that makes black and white copies for $0.15 a page, and color copies for $0.50 a page. Our public copier also has the ability to scan documents to a USB drive.
The Pennsylvania Library Association’s 21st Century Literacies Initiative, PA Forward, was conceived to give voice to what the library community already knows, and what other states throughout the nation are also recognizing:
With the right support, libraries are ideally positioned to become the community centers of information, technology, and learning that will fuel educational and economic opportunity for all of our citizens.
Libraries have moved far beyond just being book repositories. They’re agile institutions serving real-life needs. Libraries can be key to powering progress and elevating the quality of life in PA by fueling the types of knowledge essential to success: Basic Literacy, Information Literacy, Civic and Social Literacy, Health Literacy, and Financial Literacy.
The Free Library of Springfield Township participates in the PA Forward Initiative and has earned status as a Gold Star Library, demonstrating our expertise in all five literacies.
PA Forward illustrates that Pennsylvania’s libraries are in great demand and have valuable resources to offer citizens of all ages and from all walks of life. To learn more about this initiative, visit paforward.org.