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Using Other Libraries

Other Libraries Available to South Berwick Residents

Berwick Public Library and D.A. Hurd Library in North Berwick, are also part of MILS, the Maine Infonet Library System and you may request items through MILS from those libraries any time.  The Rollinsford Public Library, the William Fogg Library in Eliot and the South Berwick Public Library have  borrowing agreements  in place that allows residents to get a free membership at  these libraries.   Students attending Marshwood Public Schools who live in Eliot and Rollinsford are eligible for memberships.  Bring personal identification and something that verifies a residence to sign up for a membership at the other libraries, or if you are a student, a transcript or report card that verifies where you attend our school.

Links to library on-line catalogs are on the home page of the South Berwick Public LIbrary.

The Portland Public Library

Residents of York and Cumberland County are eligible for free memberships at the Portland Public Library.  The South Berwick Public Library  can issue cards to residents who show photo identification and proof of residency.  Cards take up to two weeks to become active and then they may be used for all services of the Portland Public Library including on-line services such as Chilton’s, Hoopla (free downloads of movies, music and audiobooks) , Mango Languages, business research tools and much more.

Borrowing from Other Libraries

Members of the South Berwick Public Library may request items through MILS  Interlibrary Loan which gives access to nearly 100 libraries and over 4.5 million unique titles.  You can often get an item delivered to your home library within two weeks.  If no library in Maine can lend the Item you wish to request we can try to get it from other libraries in the country.  Library staff will search out a location from which to borrow for you.  It is not possible to borrow titles that are less than a year old.   AV materials can be a more difficult to borrow.

 

 

How to Use the MILS Library System

How to Use Your Account:

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

View “My Library Account” to:

  • See what you have checked out and when the items are due
  • Renew
  • Find out If you owe any money
  • See what is happening with your requests
  • For your borrowing history

How Do I Request an Item?

  • Go to “Find Books” on the right-hand menu.
  • Click the “MILS Catalog.”
  • Sign into “My Library Account” by entering your name and your 14-digit library card barcode number.

Search the South Berwick Library Collection

  • The starting search is 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.

Search MILS

  • This search will locate items in 14 small libraries in Maine (as of January 2018).
  • 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.

Search MaineCat

  • If you have tried unsuccessfully in the South Berwick Library and MILS collections, a search MaineCat option pops up. This search will locate items in the statewide library catalog which includes all larger public libraries and the college and university collections.
  • 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 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 library card 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.

Notifications

Your account is set up for you to receive notifications via email which are sent our automatically through Maine Infonet Library System. (Phone notifications are available upon request.)

You should receive messages when:

  • Items you are waiting for are ready for you
  • Items are almost due
  • Items are overdue (1st courtesy notice)
  • Items are overdue (2nd courtesy notice)
  • Items are billed for replacement costs (overdue 3 weeks)

Quirks & Troubleshooting Tips

There is a persistent system-wide problem with the email notification system in that messages are frequently not received.  People often get a bill before receiving any courtesy notices. You might find them in your junk or spam folder.  We apologize that this handy service is not very reliable.

Here are some suggestions for work-arounds:

  • “Whitelist” these two email addresses by going into your spam folder, clicking one of the notifications and choosing to “never block sender and/or sender’s domain.”

mils.noreply@maineinfonet.org             sbpl@south-berwick.lib.me.us

  • Enable text messages by going into your account on the MILS catalog via our website and signing up for SMS Alerts.
  • Check your on-line account which will show due dates, items ready for you, late fees and renewal status for all your transactions.
  • Keep your checkout receipt handy and put dates on your calendar.