Using Schlow

Welcome to Schlow! Here you can find basic information about our collections and policies and explore our many services. From wifi and printing to our art gallery and game collection, we have something for everyone!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a library card?

Online Library Card Account Creation: All Centre County residents, permanent and temporary, are eligible (13 years of age or older or under 12, with guardian permission).


Go to:

  • Enter your information in all fields.
  • Check the boxes to confirm that you are a resident of Centre County and 13 years of age or older or a legal guardian of the applicant, and grant permission for this account
  • A temporary library card number will be issued to you so that you can immediately access online resources at The temporary number expires in 60 days.
  • Your permanent library card will be mailed to you in 7-10 business days.
  • Mail option: You can check out materials at the library once your account information has been confirmed by showing photo I.D. at the Main Service Desk.

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How do I renew my library account?

Library accounts automatically expire every two years. If you have tried to access your account and failed, your card may need to be renewed. You can renew your account online, or you can call the library at 814.237.6236 with your library card number and we'll be happy to update your account.

What parking is available when I visit Schlow? Do I need to validate my parking ticket?

Yes, parking is available in the Schlow Library lot during regular business hours for free, and validation is required. You’ll find validation stations in the lobby and the Children’s Department. Please note: Personal vehicles must be removed from the lot when you leave the library to avoid being towed.

Where do I return Library materials?

Book Returns Slots at Schlow:

  • In the brick wall along the ramp coming from the parking lot
  • In the wall to the far right end of the entrance vestibule
  • In the Circulation Desk

Drive-up Return at Schlow:

  • Drop Library materials off from your car at the large, stainless steel book return box behind the Library. It is accessible via Highland Alley from Pugh St. or via A Alley from Foster Avenue.

Remote Book Returns:

Note: Return all Discovery Space Passes and items that do not fit in the return slots such as puzzles and book group kits to staff at the Circulation Desk.

Are fines still waived?

Yes. To avoid additional financial burdens on our community, fines continue to be waived at this time; however, to ensure the availability of our materials to all patrons, items not returned in a timely manner will be marked lost, and your account will be charged the associated replacement costs.

Why am I being billed for items when there are no late fees?

To ensure the availability of our materials to all patrons, items not returned in a timely manner will be marked lost, and your account will be charged the associated replacement costs.

How do I pay for lost books or printing fees?

Pay Online

  • Pay online with major debit or credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club and JCB
    • Click the green Log In button to the right of the Search Bar and enter your library card number and four-digit library PIN.
    • Click on the green My Account button, and then in the drop-down click on Fines.
    • Click the blue Pay with Card button.
    • Enter your payment information.
    • Click the Pay button.

Pay in Person

  • Pay in person at the Main Service Desk with cash, check, Visa or MasterCard.

Pay by Check

  • Mail a check to:
    • Schlow Centre Region Library

      ATTN: Patron Services Department

      211 S. Allen St.

      State College, PA 16801

Note:  Please include the card holder's name and library card number.

Telephone credit card payments are not accepted at this time.

Is there a place where I can meet with someone?

Our event and meeting spaces inside the building are available at limited capacity. While we’re excited to welcome patrons back into Schlow, meeting spaces continue to be limited at this time. Contact the reference desk ( to inquire about available space for virtual meetings or small group discussions.

Computers & Technology

Get Tech Help

Drop in during Office Hours, or make a 1-on-1 Appointment

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3D Printing

Students, inventors, creators, and residents! Try your hand at printing in three dimensions.

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Printing Services

Printer jammed? Out of ink? Schlow offers both black and white, and color printing.

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Public Computers

Workstations and Laptops are available for use in the library. In a hurry?  Hop on an express station.

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Reservations & Requests

Title Suggestions & Interlibrary Loan

Can't find the title you're looking for? Schlow may consider it for purchase or borrow it from another library.

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Library by Mail

Any resident of Centre, Clearfield, Juniata, or Mifflin Counties who is permanently or temporarily unable to leave their home is welcome to use this free and convenient service.

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Schlow to School

Get Schlow materials delivered to the public schools. This convenient delivery service greatly expands the materials available to students in elementary, middle, and secondary schools in the Centre Region.

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Proctoring Services

Need to take a test?

Schlow Library Adult Department staff offer in-person proctoring services. 

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More Than Books

Your library is more than books. Discover:

  • Purple Lizard PA Hiking Maps 
  • Board Games 
  • Video Games 
  • Equipment 

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Event Spaces

Reserve an event space for in-person use or virtual meetings at Schlow.

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Tax Forms & Assistance

From January through May, Schlow offers Federal Income Tax forms and instructions. State and other forms are print on demand for $.10/page.

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Notary Services

Need something notarized? Notary services are available by appointment only.

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Art Galleries

Centre County is full of wonderful artists. We are proud to exhibit their work on a monthly basis in our Allen Gallery or in the Teens Create Space. Check it out!


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Schlow Suggests

Let Schlow staff find new authors and titles for you based on your interests.


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Join a Club

Schlow offers a variety of clubs where you can meet individuals who share your interests.