The library maintains a subscription to Edition for use by any library patron via the library’s public use desktop computer.  There is a users manual available at the library. There is no cost to use this service.

Computer use (including Zoom)

There is a desktop computer for public use, with high speed fiberoptic internet connection, and an associated printer.  It is located in a large, otherwise empty meeting room – a COVID safe space .  Patron computer use visits are limited to 20 minutes.  If patrons would like to host a ZOOM call, they can make use of the Library’s pro-zoom account with the help from the library director.

The library’s wireless internet service is a very strong, fast connection through state supported Maine School and Library Network.  The service is password protected and available 24 hours a day from the parking lot of the Coombs Building.  Come to the library to receive the passcode.  The town office also offers wireless internet connection, however it is not password protected.

Printing, scanning, copying

There is also a desktop computer for patron use, a printer, as well as a scanner and a photocopier.  Cost of photocopies and computer printed pages has been waived in order to eliminate the handling of coins with the onset of the COVID pandemic.

Maine State Library

Every citizen of Maine is eligible to recieve a card, free of charge, from the Maine State Library.  There are many services available with a State library card, including reference support and borrowing materials of all types from the State Library collection in Augusta.  Currently, many services at the State Library building are suspended due to unanticipated building safety issues and forced relocation of the collection to a new location in Augusta.

An online form to recieve a State Library Card can be found HERE.

Information about current Maine State Library services can be found HERE. 

Visit the website of the State Library and explore their many digital services HERE.

DigitalMaine Library: Online databases

The 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.

The state portal is located at:

“Tech Time” with Gary

Before the onset of the COVID-19 restrictions, library volunteer Gary Hensley offered help to patrons with laptops, cell phones and other computer problems each Tuesday morning 10am-12noon at the library. When we are able to meet in person in close proximity, Gary will resume that service to library patrons.

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