Information About Current Maine State Library Services

The Maine State Library will continue to offer MSL patrons contact free curbside pickup service for MSL library materials as long as we have access to the building. Patrons may request MSL materials via our email or phone. Unfortunately, online catalog requesting and interlibrary loan are unavailable at this time. Patrons may view our catalog online but materials may only be requested via email or phone listed below:

  1. Email: Email us at circulation.msl@maine.gov
  2. Call: us at 207-287-7154

When requesting items, please allow up to 24 hours for curbside delivery. You will be notified (by email or phone) when the materials are ready to pick up and you will be able to choose a specific pick up time slot then. Requests received on Friday will be available on Monday.

Curbside pickup will be available between 10am-12pm Monday through Friday.

Materials will be packaged in bags, labeled, and placed on a cart. Upon your arrival, park in one of the spots outside the Library's main entrance and call 207-287-7154- a staff member will verify your order and then place your items on a cart/table located outside the Maine State Library entrance.

Our intention is to have a limited number of pickups in any time slot, however, please observe social distancing. Staff will be wearing gloves and masks while preparing and delivering items for pickup. Unless it is necessary for patrons with mobility concerns, staff will not put items into cars. If you need assistance, please let us know when you call to say you have arrived.

Checkouts and Holds

Requests are being accepted for Maine State Library material only. We will have a 10 item hold limit (per card) for the time being. All items will loan for 6 weeks.

Interlibrary loan services and the Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program have been suspended until further notice.

All returns of library materials will be done via our book drop. Items are quarantined for 72 hours before check-in, and will show up on your record until then.

No fees or fines will be charged during our closure. If you receive a notice, please contact us by email circulation.msl@maine.gov or call 207-287-7154.

Reference Services

Our reference librarians will continue to be available via online video conferencing, email, and phone weekdays between the hours of 9am 5pm. To speak with a reference librarian, please email reference.desk@maine.gov or call 207-287-5609.

Get a Maine State Library Card

If you need a library card please use our online form at https://www.maine.gov/msl/services/libcard.htm . If you have difficulty using your card, please contact us by email circulation.msl@maine.gov or by calling 207-287-5609.

Digital Services

The Maine State Library has limited access to FREE, unsecured, public WIFI in the parking lots closest to the Cultural Building. Please stay inside your car, follow social distancing and adhere to all Executive Order provisions.

To access our online resources please visit our website at https://www.maine.gov/msl/ .

Outreach Services

All Outreach Services remain operational. For Books By Mail, Talking Books, and Large Print, dial 207-287-5650 or 1-800-762-7106.


The Maine State Library remains closed to the public but does expect a gradual return to broader services once we have a new temporary location. To receive the latest news regarding status of services, please visit our website at www.maine.gov/msl

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Thank you for your patience and understanding during these challenging times.