The main number for curbside pick-up is 443-5141, extension 11. Use this number when you arrive in the parking lot and want your items to be brought to the curbside table.
The Library has expanded its hours of operation and moved away from designated curbside pick-up hours, but we are still offering this service during regular business hours. Of course, you have to request your items first, so we can check them out before you arrive. You can request items from our collection or through interlibrary loan in a number of ways:
Here’s how you can request items from our collection or through interlibrary loan.
1. Call the Information Desk with your request at 207-443-5141, ext. 12; or
2. Email us at email@example.com with your request; or
What if I don’t know what I want to read, or need suggestions for my children? Try our BookMatch Bundle Service, our personalized book selection service for all ages, or browse our digital “New Titles” shelves which are updated monthly. You can also visit our Your Library at Home: Recommendations portal to find even more great tools for finding your next read.
Frequently-Asked Questions About Curbside Pick-Up
How long will it take to get my items? Orders of items available at Patten Free Library placed before 9:30 a.m. will be processed for same-day pickup. Orders placed after 9:30 a.m. will be processed for pick-up on the next curbside business day. Depending on demand, we may be able to fulfill requests more quickly. Requests from other libraries usually arrive in about a week. “BookMatch Bundle” requests can take up to three days to fulfill, depending on demand.
How many items can I request at a time? You can request up to ten items per visit.
How will I be notified when my request is ready for pick-up? Our circulation staff will either call or email you when your request is ready for pick-up.
What happens after I get notified that my order is ready? Your borrowed materials are checked out to you at the time we notify you. You will have eight days to pick up your materials. After that, your order will be returned to the shelves or checked out to other patrons. Call us from the parking lot when you arrive (443-5141, ext. 11) and we’ll bring your items to the pick-up table.
How long may I keep my items? Items will be checked out for three weeks beginning when you’re notified they are ready for pickup. You may renew them one time unless someone else is waiting for them. You may renew by calling (443-5141, ext. 11) or by logging into your account through the on-line catalog.
May I request items from other libraries? Yes! Interlibrary loans are still available. Use the Minerva on-line catalog to request items. Not sure how to do this? Contact the Information Desk for assistance (443-5141, ext 12), or go to the “Curbside Pick-Up” tab on our home page for step-by-step instructions and/or a video tutorial on this subject.
Where do I pick up my items? You may pick up items at our curbside pick-up table, which, depending on weather conditions, will be just outside the Children’s Room entrance or in the Children’s Entrance foyer.
Where do I return items? You can return books through our outdoor book drops, which are open 24/7, or at the service desks inside the Library during the hours we are open.
I came to the parking lot for my pickup but no one picked up the phone. What do I do? Call again! If we didn’t pick up the first time, it’s just because we’re busy! Or leave a message and we’ll get your items out to you as soon as possible.
What about fines? As of June 1, we will be charging fines for materials that are returned late.
May I bring book donations to The Library Bookstore? The Library Bookstore is still open for business and accepting donations. Click here for hours.
I have a print/copy job. Can you help me with that? We ask that you to come into the building for all copying and printing jobs. Our reference staff can assist you with any of these services. We have resumed taking money at our service desks for these services.
If you have an iPhone, you can print wirelessly using our free Wi-Fi. Connect to “Patten Free Library WiFi” under Wi-Fi settings. Send the print job to “PFL Public (B/W).”
We’re here to help you! If you can’t find the books you want, or you have questions we haven’t covered here, please call the Information Desk at 443-5141, ext. 12.