Starting this week, library patrons from South Berwick Public Library will have more options for accessing library materials outside of their home library thanks to a new year-long pilot project called the Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program.
The service allows library users with a valid library card from one participating library to visit another participating library to check-out materials in person.
- Bring your library card to participate in the service
- Make sure your card is in good standing (no late books or late fees)
While reciprocal borrowing won’t replace the statewide interlibrary loan service, it offers a new convenience for Mainers who may live in one community but spend a significant portion of their time in other places for work, vacation or family obligations.
All participating libraries have agreed to stay in the pilot for one year in an effort to measure the extent of how the program is utilized by patrons and understand policy considerations ahead of any decision to make the program permanent or expand the scope to a larger group of libraries.