Beginning on September 16, 2019, Topsham Public Library will take part in a one year pilot program called the Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program. Basically it means any TPL library card holder may walk into any of the 68 participating libraries and borrow items from that library. Patrons from those libraries will also be able to come in and check out our items. Unfortunately, because of differences in operating systems and other reasons, not all libraries are taking part at this time. For a list of participating libraries check here and for a map (thanks to Libby Memorial Library) click here.
How does this work?
First, come to the library to make sure your card is in good standing (not expired and no fees or fines). We will give you a sticker to put on your library card. You must show your card with your sticker to the participating library to show your eligibility.
Then just visit the library of your choice, check out at their circulation desk and walk out with your materials. Note, however, that each participating library reserves the right to limit what can be borrowed through this program.
When you need to return the items, just return them to the Topsham Public Library or any other library that is participating in the program.
Of course, if any of the items you borrow are lost or damaged you will be responsible for replacement costs, just as if they came from your home library.
We, at the Topsham Public Library, are happy and excited to take part in this pilot program designed to make library services across the state of Maine more convenient for all. In an extension of our mission, we hope to participate in making all Maine libraries one unified community center for all.
For more information – https://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/reciprocal_borrowing/patron_faqs.shtml