The library is part of Minerva, a statewide resource-sharing consortium of over 80 libraries. Through the Minerva online catalog you can search for materials and patrons may also access their library records online, renew or reserve items and request books and other materials from other participating libraries through interlibrary loan. TML also participates in the local shared borrowing agreement and limited state-wide reciprocal borrowing program. Each is slightly different and there are some basic rules to be aware of before you visit expecting walk-in borrowing privileges. Please read below so you’re not disappointed when you make a trip to check out materials! 

Shared Borrowing

If you have an active library card* with one of the following libraries, you can now pick up and return lending materials from any of them! Your home library card must be current and in good standing in order to use at another participating library. If you have any questions before getting started, the staff at your local library will be happy to help. And no new cards are needed; your local library card will be accepted. The power of your library card just got better!

Baxter Memorial Library (Gorham)
Thomas Memorial Library (Cape Elizabeth)
Scarborough Public Library
South Portland Public Library
Walker Memorial Library (Westbrook)

A number of other Minerva Libraries also participate in shared borrowing! This offers you the option to pick up materials directly from any of these libraries. A physical card in hand is required and your account must be in good standing. 

Minerva Shared Borrowing Libraries

Why offer this shared borrowing experience?

Each library is a member of the Minerva consortium, offering cardholders the convenience of requesting materials online. Delivery takes an average of three days.

If you need an item sooner and it’s available at one of these nearby libraries, the Shared Borrowing Agreement offers you the option to pick up materials directly from any of these libraries – no waiting. And you can return the items to any of the libraries when you’re done.

The Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program resumed on July 1, 2021. Please check the list of participating libraries as it has changed, we don’t want you to be disappointed if you visit expecting borrowing privileges

Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program

The Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program allows anyone with a valid library card from one of these participating libraries to visit any of the other participating libraries and check out materials in person. It’s referred to as “walk-in” borrowing because it essentially turns your local library card into a “statewide” library card!

More information from the Maine State Library’s website:

Libraries Participating in the Reciprocal Borrowing Program
Frequently Asked Questions for Library Patrons