Phased Reopening Plan

The Library building will open for Scarborough Public Library cardholders for browsing on Monday, July 13! Curbside Pickup is Now Available. Computer Use (by appointment only) is also available during curbside pickup hours. Read through our Curbside and Phased Reopening FAQs below:

1. When will the Library building reopen to the public?

The Library will open for browsing and selecting materials on Monday, July 13. A Scarborough Public Library Card will be required to borrow materials. Patrons entering the building will be required to wear masks as the Library continues to follow the strict guidelines laid out by the State of Maine in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the square footage of the Library building, 15 patrons, in addition to the Library staff, will be allowed inside the Library to select materials at any one time. Each visit must be limited to 30 minutes or less, especially if other patrons are waiting to be admitted to the building. Public access is for browsing and selecting materials only, and no seating will be available. Curbside delivery will continue to be available during all operating hours as will computer use by appointment.

2.. Will operating hours change when the building reopens?

On July 13, the Library's hours will expand to:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday   10am – 5pm

Wednesday   10am – 6pm

Saturday   10am – 2pm

3. How do I request materials for Curbside Pickup?

Materials can be requested through the Minerva catalog. Please note that due to the temporary suspension of interlibrary loan deliveries, only materials owned by Scarborough Public Library may be requested at this time. If you need assistance or suggestions, contact us at:

Adult Services: call 883-4723 option 4 or email askSPL [at] scarboroughlibrary.org

Youth Services: call 883-4723 option 3 or email kids [at] scarboroughlibrary.org

If you don't have a library card, we can issue you a card remotely. Please email Mike Windsor, Circulation Manager, at mwindsor [at] scarboroughlibrary.org.

4. When and how do I pick up my materials?

Curbside pickup is available Tuesday through Friday, 2pm – 6pm, and Saturday 11am – 1pm. You will be notified when your requested materials are available for pickup, please do not arrive at the Library until you have received notification or spoken with a staff member. Upon arrival at the Library, pull into a designated spot, 1-6, and call or text 207-883-4723 to let us know you are here. We will bring bagged materials to your vehicle.

5. Can I use a public computer?

Public computer access is available, by appointment only, during Curbside Pickup hours. To schedule an appointment, email Tom Corbett, Systems Librarian at tcorbett [at] scarboroughlibrary.org or call 207-396-6276. Computer use will take place in the meeting room and access to the rest of the Library, other than the public restrooms, will not be possible through July 12.

6. When will interlibrary loan services resume?

Interlibrary loan is tentatively set to resume on Monday, July 13.

7. What has happened to the reciprocal borrowing agreement?

Reciprocal borrowing (patrons using their card at another library) has been suspended statewide. This decision was made by the Maine State Library and will allow each library to better serve its local communitiy as libraries gradually reopen.

8. When are my items due?

Items checked out before we closed in March have been renewed to these staggered dates by patron's last name: A-Dunton, July 10; Duperry - King, July 14; Kingsbury-Rafter, July 17; Raftery-Z, July 21. Scarborough items checked out from curbside pickup will have a normal due date of 3 weeks. Please note that DVDs will now checkout for 3 weeks.

9. Will I have library fines?

Fines did not accrue while the Library was closed and fines will be waived for the month of June. Fines accrued prior to our closure (March 15) will remain on your account and fines will resume on July 1.

10. Items I returned are still on my account. Why?

Returned items will sit in quarantine for a minimum of 72 hours. We appreciate your patience with our extended check-in time. Fines will not accrue for items in quarantine.

11. What programs will the library offer?

To comply with social distancing guideines, we will not be holding any in-library programs, including children’s & teen programs, this summer. Upcoming virtual programming will be announced on our website, on social media, and through our newsletter, FootNotes Plus.