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.
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:
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.
Need more help? Access the Maine InfoNet Help or look at the following step-by-step guides:
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:
Click on the logo to start!
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!
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
Merck Manuals Online
Need medical information?
Professional version: www.merckmanuals.com/professional
Consumer version: www.merckmanuals.com/home
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.
The following resources were provided by local historian, Richard Snow: