Phased Reopening Plan

The Library building is open for Scarborough Public Library cardholders to browse! Curbside Pickup and Computer Use (by appointment only) are also available. Read through our Curbside and Phased Reopening FAQs below:

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

The Library opened for browsing and selecting materials on Monday, July 13. A Scarborough Public Library Card is required to borrow materials. Patrons entering the building are 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. 15 patrons, in addition to the Library staff, are allowed inside the Library to select materials at any one time. A visit limited to 15 minutes is suggested. 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. Services and hours are subject to change based upon advice from public health officials.

2.. Have library hours changed now that the building has reopened?

On July 13, the Library's hours changed through 2020 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. 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 and do not wish to enter the building, 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 during regular library hours. 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 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 regular library hours. To schedule an appointment, email Tom Corbett, Systems Librarian at tcorbett [at] scarboroughlibrary.org or call 207-396-6276. Computers are now located in the Meeting Room and usage will be time restricted.

6. Have interlibrary loan services resumed?

Interlibrary loans requested through Minerva and MaineCat have resumed. Requests may take longer to fill due to quarantine protocols and because some libraires are operating with reduced hours or staff.

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 are now due. Please note that DVDs now check out for 3 weeks.

9. Will I have library fines?

Fines did not accrue while the Library was closed and fines were waived for the month of June. Fines accrued prior to our closure (March 15) will remain on your account and fines resumed 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. Check-ins will be back dated to the day items were returned and fines will not accrue for items in quarantine.

11. What programs will the library offer?

To comply with social distancing guidelines, 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.