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If your question is answerable with internet or digital resources we will respond with the information via email and provide links or PDF attachments. Some questions can only be answered by photocopying or lending materials and sending them via mail. In that case, we will contact you to go over our policy for sending print materials to remote patrons.

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Starting on Friday, March 20, 2020, the library will be closed as part of the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. To the best of their abilities, staff will continue responding to requests made only through the library’s reference form during normal business hours:

Requests that require the use the physical resources within the library will be delayed.

While using the form on this webpage is greatly preferred and will allow us to respond as quickly as possible, the library will have limited access to voicemail for the library's main line (207-287-1600). If you decide to leave a voicemail, please leave your name and email address to which we can respond. If you do not have an email address, please leave your phone number. Our responses by phone will be delayed.


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Please keep in mind that we are not attorneys and cannot give legal advice, interpret or explain statutes, or describe how a particular statute would apply to your situation or question. Phrase your question as clearly and completely as possible, using any important keywords that might aid our research. We are not subject specialists and may know little about your topic. If your question is unclear or incomplete a reference librarian will need to contact you for more information. Patron records are confidential as outlined in 27 MRSA 121.


Updated 3/23/2020