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Welcome to Our Virtual Front Desk!

virtual front deskWhile the library is currently closed, we are hard at work for you developing virtual programs and resources. The library’s website, Facebook page, and online newsletter are the best sources of information to stay updated on any further changes to our programs and services. Check below for news and information, or check the menu bars for library services. If you have questions about library services, or about using our website, please give us a call at 207-799-1720, or email the Library Director. 

FAQ:

When will the library reopen?
With official social distancing guidance extended until at least May 31, the library will remain closed. We will continue offering online services only during the month of May. While libraries may seem similar to retail operations, we are different in several key aspects. Most notably as far as COVID-19 is concerned, we expect you to bring the materials you borrow back to us so that others may use them as well. The continual exchange and handling of paper- and plastic-based, circulating materials is of great concern, and our ability to protect the health and safety of the public as well as library staff is of utmost importance.  We are closely monitoring reports from the CDC, as well as the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS,) which has developed a research partnership with OCLC, a global library technology and research organization, and Battelle, a not-for-profit global research and development organization to advise museums and libraries on safe reopening practices. Here at TML, we are working on developing a phased reopening plan, in which we can reintroduce library services gradually based on recommended best practices. 

When should I return the item I borrowed before the library shut down? 
You may return your borrowed items to the library through the book drop any time. Please do not drop off any donations, however–we are no longer accepting donations of books or other materials.

Why aren’t you offering curbside pick-up and delivery?
We have been following guidance from the Maine State Library and the CDC related to the handling of library materials. We hope to begin offering curbside pick-up of requested materials beginning June 1, provided that the public health guidance makes it possible to do so.

What Online Resources Do You Offer?
The library provides access to a number of resources you can enjoy from home using your TML card, including eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, streaming movies, and databases that include popular magazines. Click here for complete details on these resources and how to access them.

Are You Offering Any Online Programs?
We have online programs for adults, teens, and children. Please visit the Teen and Children’s program pages for details. Scroll down for posts about the many offerings for adults, or visit the Adult program page for a list.

My library card doesn’t work. What should I do?
If you try to access our online services and find a problem with your library card, it likely needs to be updated. Please send an email with your name, library card number, and current address to the Library Director at rdavis@thomas.lib.me.us and we will update your card. 

I Don’t Have a Library Card. Can I Still Get One?
During the library shut-down, we’ve made it possible for you to get a library card online. Anyone who lives in or owns property in Cape Elizabeth, or who works for the Town or for the Cape school department regardless of residency, is eligible to get a free TML card. Please fill out this form and someone will be in touch with you shortly.

Not eligible for a TML Card? You can get a free eCard from Portland Public Library which will allow you to access many of the same digital resources. If you would like to open a temporary eResource library card, please email Portland Public Library at lending@portlib.org.


Access These Resources from Home

The library provides access to a number of resources you can enjoy from home using your TML card.

Cloud LibraryThe Cloud Library allows you to borrow and read eBooks and eAudiobooks for free. Download the free Cloud Library app and log in with your TML card. The app includes a fully functional reader allowing the user to read ebooks directly in the app, as well as bookmark and save the position of your books across devices. It also includes an Audiobook player, allowing you to download, play and listen to audiobooks offline. NOTE: Your library card not only gives you access to a statewide shared collection, but also additional titles TML purchases that are only available to TML users. Please don’t be put off by long hold wait times that are listed for currently unavailable items–these are extremely inaccurate, and don’t take into account how many copies of a title are available in the system. At most wait times are usually only a week or two. Browse TML’s Cloud Library collection here.


The Kanopy streaming service partners with participating public libraries to bring thoughtful entertainment to your preferred device with no fees and no commercial. Everyone from film scholars to casual viewers will discover remarkable and enriching films on Kanopy. Log in with your TML card and enjoy Kanopy’s diverse catalog with new titles added every month. Each cardholder is allowed 10 downloads per month. PLEASE NOTE: The library pays for each download, so please be conscientious in what and how often you choose to use this service. However, Kanopy has just announced a collection of credit-free movies, which you can access here!  For complete information about our Kanopy service, please click here.


Digital Maine LibraryThe Digital Maine Library provides every resident of Maine with access to online resources that include a collection of full text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals and reference. It also provides students, business people, public library patrons, and higher education students and educators the ability to use online learning tools. The Digital Maine Library may be accessed from any public, school or academic library in Maine. Access is also available from your home or business in Maine. Access from out of state is available with a valid Maine library card. Learn more about this resource here. 


New!

Tumble BooksWe are very grateful to TumbleBooks for providing public libraries with free unlimited access to their entire suite of digital resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! You can read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly! The collections include books for children, teens, and adults, as well as audiobooks for all ages. Please click here for direct links to all of the TumbleBooks resources–no library card required!