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How to Request Items in MILS

 

The South Berwick Public Library is part of the Maine Infonet Library System (MILS).  We have joined other small Maine libraries to give you access to direct requesting from the larger library community in Maine.

You are able to:

Place Requests On-line Yourself for Items from Other Libraries in the System

We will notify you when items are ready, and you pick them up from your home library.  No more waiting for the library to open to call and request.  Notifications are by email but we can call you or you can enable text notifications if you prefer.

View “My Library Account” to look at:

  • What you have checked out and when the items are due
  • If you owe any money
  • What is happening with your requests

How Do I Request an Item?

  • Visit the South Berwick Public Library website southberwicklibrary.org
  • Go to “Find Books” on the right-hand menu.
  • Click the “MILS Catalog -South Berwick Library.”
  • Sign into “My Library Account” by entering your name and your 14-digit barcode number.

1.  Search the South Berwick Library Collection 

  • The starting search is set to look at only the South Berwick Public Library collection.
  • If we have the item click “Request.”
  • You will see a message saying your request was successful and you will be notified when the item is ready for you.

2.  Search MILS – Maine’s Small Libraries

  • This second search will locate items in small libraries in Maine.
  • Use the drop down menu where you see “South Berwick Public Library” and choose the first option “View Entire Collection.”
  • Hit search again and if you see the item you are looking for click “Request.”
  • You will see a message saying your request was successful and you will be notified when it is your turn and the item is ready for you.

3.  Search Maine Cat 

  • This third search will locate items in the statewide library catalog which includes all larger public libraries and the college and university collections.  Use this after you have looked in South Berwick and MILS for faster service.
  • If you see the item you are looking for in this catalog and it says “Available” click “Request.” If all copies are currently in use, wait and check the catalog to place your request when it the status is “Available.”
  • Choose “South Berwick Public Library” when you are asked to pick your home library from the drop down list.
  • Enter your name and 14-digit barcode number when prompted.
  • You will see a message saying your request was successful and you will be notified when the item is ready for you.

Library staff are ready to show you how to use MILS anytime you visit the library or we can walk you through the process on the phone.

If no library in Maine has the item available to borrow, contact the South Berwick Public Library staff and we can see if we can borrow for you outside of the state system.  Movies, audios and books that are published within the past year are not requestable outside of Maine.