Lithgow Public Library serves the Capital Area with a wide variety of services and programs. The library holds a collection of around 65,000 books, periodicals, and audiovisual items, along with access to millions of others through Maine InfoNet. A cultural, educational, and recreational focal point for the community, the library offers programming, access to electronic resources, and reference services for all.
- How do I get a library card?
- Can I get a library card if I live outside of Augusta?
- What if I lose my library card?
- Can I use my library card at other libraries?
- When is the library closed for holidays?
- How long may I borrow materials?
- How much do late fees / fines cost?
- How can I access my library account?
- How can I request materials from other libraries?
- Can I renew items borrowed from other libraries?
- How can I return materials, when the library is closed?
- What is the cost of printing and making photocopies?
- Does the library have computers for public use?
- Do I need a Lithgow Library card to use the computers?
- Does the library have WiFi?
How can I get a library card? If you are a resident of Augusta, just bring a photo ID and something that shows your Augusta address, such as a utility bill or other official piece of mail. You will be asked to fill out and sign an application for a library card, which will include your contact information and signature. Library staff will create a library account for you and give you a plastic library card, which you will need to bring with you when you want to borrow library materials. Your library card will also allow you to access your library account online, as well as request items from our library or other libraries from home.
Can I get a library card if I live outside of Augusta? If you do not live in Augusta, you may get a Lithgow Public Library card if you pay an annual non-resident fee, which approximates the amount that Augusta taxpayers pay for library services through property taxes. Currently, that amount is $60.00 per year, $30.00 for six months, or $15.00 for three months. If you own property in Augusta, but do not live in town, you do not have to pay the nonresident fee in order to get a library card. Non-residents who are City of Augusta employees, or teachers or students in the Augusta Public School System, may obtain a free card for 1 year.
What if I lose my library card? Replacement library cards cost $1.00.
Can I use my library card at other libraries? Currently, we do not have reciprocal borrowing agreements with other libraries. We encourage you to use your Lithgow Library card to request items owned by other libraries, through the MINERVA and MaineCat catalogs – these items will be sent to Lithgow for pickup.
When is the library closed for holidays?
Lithgow Library observes all Federal & State holidays.
How long may I borrow materials? Most materials circulate for 3 weeks. You may renew most items 2 times as long as there are no holds on a specific item. Items borrowed through inter-library loan (items ordered from other libraries) currently circulate for 3 weeks. Note: some items have shorter loan periods + restrictions.
How much do late fees / fines cost? Lithgow Library does not charge overdue fines. Please note that items borrowed from other libraries may incur fines, depending on that library’s policies. Should you lose or damage any item, a replacement fee will be charged.
How can I access my library account? You can access your library account through the online catalog (Minerva) by clicking the patron info button under the search bar, or by going directly to this page: https://minerva.maine.edu/patroninfo. Enter your first and last name and the number under the barcode on the back of your library card. Once logged in, you can request materials from other libraries, check the status of your requests, any fines and due dates.
How can I request materials from other libraries? In searching the Minerva catalog, you can expand your search to include all libraries in the Minerva consortium. When you find an item you would like to request, simply click on the Request button (you must be viewing an item record in order to see this button, not viewing a list of search results–click on the item’s name in order to view its record.) You will be asked to enter your name and library card number (the barcode number on your library card.) Once you have done this, click on Submit. You should see a message saying that your request was successful, and that your “request will be delivered to Lithgow Library when it is available.”
Can I renew items borrowed from other libraries? Most items borrowed from other Minerva libraries may be renewed provided no one else is waiting for them (books and audiobooks for one two-week period; videos & dvds for an additional one-week period.) Items borrowed from the larger MaineCat system may or may not be renewed. If you are unsure about an item you have borrowed, or are unable to renew an item yourself online, please contact the library for assistance.
How can I return materials, when the library is closed? The library has a book and media drop box, located near the main entrance. There are separate slots for books and media (CDs / DVDs).
Can I print or make photocopies? The library offers both photocopying & printing at a cost of 20¢ per page (cash or personal check only). Several local businesses offer printing + copying and accept credit/debit cards.
Does the library have computers for public use? There are several computers for each age group (adults, kids, teens) available on a first-come, first-served basis. Users do not need a library card, but must agree to our Internet Safety and Technology Use Policy, + are limited to one pass per day.
Do I need a Lithgow Library card to use the computers? No. You do not need a Lithgow Library card to use the computer.
Does the library have WiFi? The library offers free wireless internet access. For easier access, the wifi has no password & may be accessed from the library grounds or parking lot.