New program will make it easier for Mainers to borrow from libraries across the state

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
The Portland Public Library.
Almost 70 libraries across the state are taking part in the year-long pilot program that will allow people with valid library cards from one participating library to check out materials in person from another.
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A new pilot program kicks off this week that aims to improve lending options for Maine library patrons.

Maine State Librarian James Ritter said what makes reciprocal borrowing possible is that these libraries all share the same library software.

“All of the libraries have a 14-digit barcode on their cards,” Ritter said. “They share the same library software system, and that’s what enables a library patron from one library to go into another.”

Ritter said administrators plan to analyze the program and determine what works well and what might need to be adjusted. He said it’s hoped that more Maine libraries will take part in the future.

A list of participating libraries is available from the Maine State Library. They include the Portland Public Library and the Bangor Public Library.

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.


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