While 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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.