Maine Reciprocal Borrowing

Program Overview

The Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program expands on Maine's Interlibrary Loan service to allow patrons from participating libraries to visit other libraries in the program and check out books in person.

If you have a valid library card from any of the participating libraries, you can use that card to check out materials from other libraries on the lists to borrow materials when you visit those libraries.

More information is available on the Maine State Library Reciprocal Borrowing Program website. 


Walk-In Service

Think of this program like the inter-library lending program where you can request an item from another library that your own library may not have.

Each participating library reserves the right to limit what can be borrowed through this program.

Generally, however, if an item is available to borrow through inter-library loan, then it is most likely available to borrow through this program.

This program includes “physical” items only – not digital content available via a library’s website.

Good Standing

Please make sure your local card is up-to-date, hasn't expired, and has no fees or fines. It must be in good standing to use it at a participating library. Staff at participating libraries may ask that you contact your "home" library directly to resolve any issue with your card or account because the staff at the library you are visiting may not have all of your account information available to them.


Preferably, return the item to the library you borrowed it from or return it to your "home" local library. However, you can return the item to any of the participating libraries, should the need arise. The goal of this program is convenience and customer service!

Participating Libraries

There are public libraries, college and university libraries, some school libraries, and health and specialty libraries. Maine libraries are unique in the nation for their ability to collaborate and share their resources with each other. You have access to all of them through this program.

Participating Libraries

Public Libraries

Auburn Public Library

Bangor Public Library

Belfast Public Library

Berwick Public Libray

Boothbay Public Library

Calais Free Library

Camden Public Library

D.A. Hurd Library

Edythe Dyer Community Library

Jesup Memorial Library

Kennebunk Free Library

Lewiston Public Library

Libby Memorial Library

Liberty Library

Lisbon Library

Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library

Ludden Memorial Library

McArthur Public Library

Millinocket Memorial Library

Norway Public Library

Orono Public Library

Paris Public Library

Pittsfield Public Library

Portland Public Library

Ricker Memorial Library

Rockland Public Library

Rockport Public Library

Scarborough Public Library

Skidompha Public Library

South Berwick Public Library

Southwest Harbor Public Library

Springvale Public Library

Thomas Memorial Library

Thomaston Public Library

Topsham Public Library

Vose Library

Wells Public Library

Windham Public Library

Wiscasset Public Library

Witherle Memorial Library

York Public Library

Academic Libraries

Central Maine Community College Library

Husson University - Sawyer Library

Kennebec Valley Community College Library

Maine Maritime Academy - Nutting Memorial Library

Southern Maine Community College

Thomas College

University of Maine - Raymond H. Foggler Library

University of Maine at Farmington - Mantor Library

University of Maine at Fort Kent - Blake Library

University of Maine at Machias - Merrill Library

University of Maine at Presque Isle - UM - Presque Isle Library

University of New England - Abplanalp Library

University of New England - Jack S. Ketchum Library

Special Libraries

Maine State Law & Legislative Reference Library

Maine State Library