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.
Want information on coronavirus? Visit our Coronavirus/Covid-19 Information page.
Download Library (cloudLibrary)
New to cloudLibrary?
You can use our cloudLibrary on the following devices:
Android™ Phones & Devices
Kindle Fire App *
Kindle Fire – 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD
Kindle Fire HDX
Windows™ / Mac OS X
The download library works best if you download the app, called cloudLibrary, on the device you intend to read on (it will sync to multiple devices too). The app is in the Playstore for Android devices, the App Store for Apple/ iOS devices, and the Windows Store for Windows devices.
*For instructions on how to download the app on your Kindle Fire devices visit www.yourcloudlibrary.com/kindle-fire-installation.
If downloaded books appear in huge print, tap your screen for size options.
Having trouble? Here is our cloudLibrary troubleshooting brochure.
We’re starting to add to the cloudLibrary items just for TPL patrons! If you would like to suggest an item, use the “suggestions for the library” filter on browse, search for what you want and click suggest! See screenshots below for a clearer view. Please note that we may not be able to buy all suggestions due to system and budget restraints. Also, if you do find a book that you want – please place a hold as this helps us see what we have to buy second copies of!
cloudLibrary NewsStand (cloudLibrary NewsStand)
cloudLibrary NewsStand, an e-magazine app to read magazines on your phone, tablet or browser! NewsStand has currently over 6500 titles, including a variety of magazines from different countries and languages other than English. It also features at present over 150 “premium” titles including Reader’s Digest, This Old House, Taste of Home, Kiplinger’s, Yoga Journal and PC World. NewsStand also has fantastic collection of children’s magazines including Ladybug, Click, and Okido.
Need help getting started? Here is a guide to help you. How to Start Using cloudLibrary NewsStand
We have a NEW subscription to Scholastic’s Bookflix! Bookflix pairs a picture book with an easy nonfiction book for learning AND fun!
Digital Maine Library
Digital Maine Library is and online resource for Maine residents that includes a collection of full text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals and reference. Click the logo to start or check out our how-to guide: Digital Maine Library.
You can access the library edition of Ancestry from any of the library computers. However, since COVID, Ancestry has extended remote access for the Ancestry Library Edition database until March 31st, 2021.
The remote access url to share with patrons is: https://libraries.maine.edu/mainedatabases/authmaine.asp?db=ancestry.
AtoZdatabases is the premier Reference, Research, Marketing, Mailing Lists/Sales Leads, and Job-Search Database. Click this link AtoZdatabases or the image below to access this service.
Mango is back! Learn a new language with this free app! How to guide is here or click the image below to get started.
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.
This Week at Your Library – an archive of the emails we send to patrons
Topsham Historical Society
Uses the library as their base of operations. You can access their website by clicking the logo below:
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.
As winter approaches, people start asking about available services for everything from heating assistance and food pantries to legal services and child care. This year, more than any other, people are faced with needs they may never have needed help with, including information about COVID-19, and have no idea where to go.
211 Maine, the free and confidential information and referral service, was developed for just this purpose. A trained specialist is always available to answer questions and help guide people to available resources. They are there to help.
To contact someone at 211:
Maine: An Encyclopedia
The Maine Audubon Society
Bowdoin Midcoast Trail Guide
Check new and used fuel economy data for new and used passenger vehicles dating back to 1984: www.fueleconomy.gov
Merck Manuals Online
Need medical information?
Professional version: www.merckmanuals.com/professional
Consumer version: www.merckmanuals.com/home
Pine Tree Legal
Need free legal help? Try Pine Tree Legal – free legal assistance for Maine people on low-incomes.
In addition to our in-library materials, we also have a number of online genealogy resources. Ancestry for Public Libraries can be accessed through Digital Maine Library 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: