Frequently Asked Questions

Circulation

Scarborough Residents (Adult or Youth) or Non-resident Property Owner

  1. You must provide a valid ID with your current Scarborough residence address. (We do not accept a PO Box as valid proof of Scarborough residence.) Acceptable documents include car registration; driver’s license; Maine ID card; checkbook; recent utility bill; rent receipt; lease or mortgage agreement; tax bill; school ID or other proof of current school attendance. A borrower's card is issued only upon confirmation of residence, ownership of property, resident address, place of employment, or school attendance.
  2. You must sign a legal agreement to comply with the rules and regulations of the library. NOTE: Completion of the application requires an alternate phone number in addition to the home number.
  3. Your card is free and may be renewed on an annual basis if you continue to meet these criteria.

Non-resident Students Attending a Scarborough School

  1. You must provide a valid school ID to confirm your school attendance and present documentation of your current out-of-town mailing address. Acceptable documents include school ID or other proof of current school attendance.
  2. You must sign a legal agreement to comply with the rules and regulations of the library. NOTE: Completion of the application requires an alternate phone number in addition to the home number.
  3. Your card is free and may be renewed on an annual basis as long as continue to meet these criteria and your account is in good standing.

Non-resident Employees of a Scarborough Business

  1. You must provide a valid ID that will confirm your employment by a Scarborough business and present documentation of your current out-of-town mailing address. Acceptable documents include: car registration; driver’s license; Maine ID card; checkbook; recent utility bill; rent receipt; lease or mortgage agreement; tax bill; pay stub; and verification of employment on company letterhead or business card.
  2. You must sign a legal agreement to comply with the rules and regulations of the library. NOTE: Completion of the application requires an alternate phone number in addition to the home number.
  3. Your card is free and may be renewed on an annual basis as long as continue to meet these criteria and your account is in good standing.

Non-resident Membership

  1. You must provide documentation of your current out-of-town mailing address. Acceptable documents include car registration; driver’s license; Maine ID card; checkbook; recent utility bill; rent receipt; lease or mortgage agreement; or tax bill.
  2. You must sign a legal agreement to comply with the rules and regulations of the library. NOTE: Completion of the application requires an alternate phone number in addition to the home number.
  3. You must pay a non-resident fee for your card. You may renew your card on an annual basis if you continue to meet these criteria and your account is in good standing

Summer 3-month Membership (covers June, July, and August)

  1. You must provide documentation of your current out-of-town mailing address. Acceptable documents include car registration; driver’s license; Maine ID card; checkbook; recent utility bill; rent receipt; lease or mortgage agreement; or tax bill.
  2. You must sign a legal agreement to comply with the rules and regulations of the library. NOTE: Completion of the application requires an alternate phone number in addition to the home number.
  3. You must pay a summer membership fee for your card.

Borrowing

Borrowing privileges are free to Scarborough residents, taxpayers, students attending Scarborough schools, and to employees of Scarborough businesses. Non-residents may borrow upon payment of a $60.00 annual fee or a $20 fee for a 3-month summer membership.

  • Books - 3 weeks and one 3 week renewal if book is not requested by another borrower.
  • CD's, Audiobooks, and Magazines - 3 weeks and one 3 week renewal if item is not requested by another borrower
  • Entertainment and Instructional Video Tapes and DVDs - 1 week and a 1 week renewal if item is not requested by another borrower.
  • Large Type books - 3 weeks and one 3 week renewal if book is not requested by another borrower.
  • Interlibrary Loan - lending period is determined by lending library, but generally you can expect: books - 3 weeks with a 2 week renewal if the book is not reserved by another borrower; A/V - 1 week with 1 week renewal if item is not reserved by another borrower.

Renewals and reserves are available to you 24/7. You must be logged in to the Minerva catalog and to your patron record to renew your materials or place a reserve. You will need your Library card 14 digit barcode number to access your account. If you do not have online access, you may call the Library during business hours and we will be glad to renew your items for you. (883-4723 option #2)

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When you submit your patron information, the following services are available:

  • View your checked out items and due dates
  • Renew your library materials
  • View your fines
  • View status of interlibrary loan (ILL) materials
  • Request interlibrary loan (ILL) materials.

Unless it is otherwise stated on the cover, items may be placed in the book return located in the front of the building. If you use the book drop, be sure to return your items before we close on the day they’re due. Items otherwise marked as too fragile or too large for the book return must be returned when the Library is open. If you cannot make it to the Library, you may mail the items back at your own cost. Our address is:

Scarborough Public Library
C/O Circulation Department
48 Gorham Road
Scarborough, ME 04074

The Library is committed to safeguarding all borrowers' records, including those of children, to the extent allowed by local, state, and federal law. Maine State law requires all library records to be confidential. Since juvenile patron records are not specifically exempted in this statute, the library trustees interpret the law to apply to all patron records without exception.

Fines and Fees

Adult Materials:
25¢ - per item per day fine
Maximum fine per item – $10.00

Children's Materials:
25¢ - per item per day fine
Maximum fine per item – $10.00

Interlibrary loan materials will be billed according to the policy of the loaning library.

If you fail to return material(s) you will be charged a lost fee equaling the current replacement cost of the item(s). If the replacement cost cannot be determined the following fee schedule will be applied.

Category Replacement Cost
Adult Fiction 25.00
Adult Non-fiction 40.00
Adult Trade Paperback 17.00
Adult Mass Market Paperback 8.00
Children's Picture Books 22.00
Children’s Fiction and Beginning Readers 17.00
Children's Non-fiction 27.00
Children's Trade Paperback 17.00
Children's Book & Cassette/CD Kit 17.00
Children's Board Book 6.00
Children's Mass Market Paperback 6.00
Magazine 4.00
Audio Cassette (each cassette, book or music) 10.00 or set price*
Music CD 17.00 or set price*
Audiobook CD (per disc) 10.00 or set price*
Video Cassette 15.00 or set price*
DVD 25.00 or set price*
Processing Fee 10.00


*Items with multiple parts: When individual parts cannot be replaced, the borrower will be charged the replacement cost for the entire set.

NOTE: Valuable or rare items with a list value greater than 150% of the scheduled cost (see above) will be billed at list. Items that are out-of-print, but not deemed to be rare or valuable, will be billed at the scheduled cost, with the understanding that the library will make a good-faith effort to determine a fair cost.

At the librarian's discretion, a patron may replace a lost item with an exact duplicate of title and edition. An additional $10 processing fee will also be charged.

The library makes the final decision about whether a book is repairable or not.  If so, we will do the repairing and you'll be charged a $3.50 fee. If the item is considered unrepairable then you will be charged the replacement cost.

  • REPAIR OF A DAMAGED ITEM: $3.50
  • SANDY BOOKS: $2 to replace cover.
  • REPLACE LOST LIBRARY CARD: $3

The Library accepts cash, checks, and credit cards. You can pay your accumulated fees in person, call us with your credit card information, or mail a check.

Maine Criminal Law states that unlawful retention of library materials is theft. If items are not returned, you will be billed for their replacement cost as well as accrued fines. You won’t be able to borrow anything else until late materials are returned or paid for. Once billed items are returned, you will owe the Library only overdue fines. If you do not return or pay for items borrowed, the matter will be treated as theft and referred to local authorities. Note: Some libraries also use a debt collection agency recover the cost of materials that are not returned.

Other libraries have their own billing procedures for lost or damaged materials and expect us to collect the fee from you. Be aware that many libraries charge a flat fee for lost materials that may be as much as $75 dollars per item. Lost materials borrowed from a university or college library frequently incur a high replacement fee.

Outreach Services

The Scarborough Public Library offers free delivery of materials to Scarborough residents unable to visit the Library because of age, illness, disability or other incapacitating circumstances. Delivery is scheduled according to temporary or long term needs and services are tailored to your personal interests. We strive to offer the same access to information, both recreational and reference, that you would have when visiting the Library in person.

Any material that circulates can be requested through Home Delivery. You may request specific titles or our staff will be happy to select materials based on your interests. If the Library does not own a book you would like to read, we can try to borrow it from another library. Basic reference information is also available by phone at 883-4723 option 4 or email at askSPL [at] scarboroughlibrary.org.

This depends on your preference. Most people find that 4 to 5 items per delivery is enough to keep them engaged. We can adjust the number at any time.

Materials are delivered to your door twice monthly by friendly staff or volunteers. Mutually convenient delivery times may be arranged.

If you or someone you know would benefit from this service, contact Adult Services at 883-4723 option 4 or fill out and mail us this form. We will contact you shortly.

Collections for Institutions:

Nursing homes and senior housing complexes can receive a temporary collection of materials including large and regular print books. These collections are selected and sized with the particular readers in mind and are rotated twice monthly.

Collections for the Visually Impaired:

The Maine State Library offers materials for the visually impaired through its Federally-funded “Talking Books” program. Recorded books and special players are available to qualifying persons. Call Toll-Free 1-800-762-7106 or visit their website

(Please note that this program is facilitated by the Maine State Library and all questions should be directed to them.)