Online Resources

Topsham Public Library has a rich array of online resources which are available to all our patrons. Many of them you can access in your own home or wherever there is an internet connection–all you need is your library card! If you ever need any help with our online resources, do not hesitate to talk to a member of staff or come along to our Tech Support Drop-In on Wednesdays from 1-3pm.

Website Guide

Download Library

New Download Service
In March, 2017, the Maine State Library download system will switch from Overdrive to cloudLibrary byBibliotheca. I know we all hate change especially when we have to learn how to use our electronics all over again. The good news is that the cloudLibrary platform is much easier and simpler than Overdrive. Even better than that, the new system is less expensive, giving the consortium about $30,000 more per year to spend on buying materials. Also under cloudLibrary, school libraries will be able to join, making it easier to get books into children’s hands. So, you might ask, where’s the downside besides a change in technique? Well, at the moment the new system does not support Kindle e-ink readers, which include the Kindle Paperwhite, Oasis, and Voyage. You may use any device that can download apps, like Kindle Fire and other tablets, smart phones, computers, Ipod Touch and others. This change will also include eAudiobooks, which will work with all these devices and excludes only basic mp3 players.

New Download Service Update – cloudLibrary service beginning March 1st.
All checkouts made through Overdrive will expire February 28th, 2017. Any items still on hold at the time of the switch will be lost. Please place new holds on the new system.
For more information visit:
www.maineinfonet.org/downloadlibrary

Until then the following information still applies.

 

Click on the image below to go to our download library. Click on the Help section to get started.

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Need more help? Access the Maine InfoNet Help or look at the following step-by-step guides:

How to download the Kindle App on your device

How to download an eBook on your Kindle or Kindle App

How to download the Overdrive App on your device

How to download an eBook on the Overdrive App

How to download an audio book on the Overdrive App

Marvel! Maine’s Virtual Library

Your library card also gives you access to Marvel! Maine’s Virtual Library. Marvel! MARVEL! provides every resident of Maine with access to a collection of full text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals and reference books. Click the logo to start:

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Mango Languages

Click on the logo to start!

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Business Resources

Own a business or thinking of starting one? Check out our Business Resources page!

Library Blog and Special Pages

Topsham Tales and the TPL Garden blog have now moved over to this site! Visit topshamlibrary.org/blog  and choose the category of blog post you would like to read!

Joy of the Pen Literary Journal – Read the winners’ work from our annual writing competition and find out more about entering.

Rare Reads – The online home of our unusual (mainly) fiction book group that can be joined in person or online.

Mysteries Abound – The source for information that every mystery reader will appreciate.

Maine State Library Resources

The Maine State Library has a wealth of resources you can access. Here are some highlights:

Maine State Library’s Services for the Public

The Digital Learning Center features Learning Express (which has over 800 academic and vocational tutorials and courses) and learning resources on digital literacy, careers, health, business, law and government.

Maine State Library’s Resources for Seniors

You can apply for a MSL Online Library Card to access resources such as ReferenceUSA.

Glassdoor Career Resources

Looking for a job? Try Glassdoor for career information and job listings.

Maine: An Encyclopedia

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Merck Manuals Online

Need medical information?

Professional version: www.merckmanuals.com/professional

Consumer version: www.merckmanuals.com/home

Genealogy Resources

In  addition to our in-library materials, we also have a number of online genealogy resources. Ancestry for Public Libraries can be accessed through Marvel! while in the library but other resources can be accessed anywhere (sometimes you need your library card). For genealogy help, come to our drop-in!

Wheeler and Wheeler – Online version of The History of Brunswick, Topsham and Harpswell courtesy of Curtis Memorial Library.

The following resources were provided by our genealogy volunteer, Karen Richard.

Karen’s genealogy tips

Free resources available on Ancestry Jan 2017 update

The following resources were provided by local historian, Richard Snow:

1st Parish Church Topsham Cemetery Life Stories Updated

Eaton Cemetery Life Stories

Riverview Cemetery Life Stories in Order

Riverside Cemetery Topsham General Map_001 Riverview Cemetery completed Map