Shared Borrowing

Local Shared Borrowing Agreement and Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program Expand Library Services

Local Shared Borrowing Agreement

If you have an active library card with one of the following neighboring libraries, you can now pick up and return lending materials from any of them!

Baxter Memorial Library (Gorham)
Thomas Memorial Library (Cape Elizabeth)
Scarborough Public Library
South Portland Public Library
Walker Memorial Library (Westbrook)

Why offer this shared borrowing experience?

Each library is a member of the Minerva consortium, offering cardholders the convenience of requesting materials online. Delivery takes an average of three days.

If you need an item sooner and it’s available at one of these nearby libraries, the Shared Borrowing Agreement offers you the option to pick up materials directly from any of these libraries - no waiting. And you can return the items to any of the libraries when you’re done. Please note that any items reserved through the Minerva catalog must be picked up at your home library.

If you have any questions before getting started, the staff at your local library will be happy to help. And no new cards are needed; your local library card will be accepted. The power of your library card just got better!

Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program

The Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program resumed on July 1, 2021. Please check the list of participating libraries as it has changed.

The Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program allows anyone with a valid library card from one of these participating libraries to visit any of the other participating libraries and check out materials in person. It's referred to as "walk-in" borrowing because it essentially turns your local library card into a "statewide" library card!

The program launched in September 2019 as a one year pilot test. Following review of the pilot in August 2020 and incorporating any needed changes, the Maine State Library hopes the program will be formalized and grow over time. Not all libraries in Maine are eligible to participate at this time because the computer systems currently required to allow participation are not used by all libraries. The Maine State Library and Maine InfoNet are continuously seeking ways to increase participation by finding solutions that eliminate these systematic and technical barriers.

Information on the Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program:

Libraries Participating in the Reciprocal Borrowing Program
Frequently Asked Questions for Library Patrons