The American Library Association has recommended that public libraries close to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, and all local libraries have done so.

Several local libraries report that Wi-Fi is still available from their parking lots or the immediate vicinity. Cardholders also have access to a number of digital resources, including e-books and e-audiobooks on Maine InfoNet at Maine InfoNet is adding $40,000 to enhance the contents.

Free access to a collection of full-text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals, reference and online learning tools is available through Digital Maine Library at Kanopy (, an on-demand video-streaming service offering more than 30,000 films as well as children’s shows and films, can be accessed from the Digital Maine Library home page.

Appleton Library intends to reopen Tuesday, April 7. Wi-Fi is still available from the parking lot. Patrons can call 785-5656 or email with questions or if they need their patron card number or a new card.

Belfast Free Library intends to resume normal operations Wednesday, April 1. Patrons are asked to retain checked-out materials; until further notice, the library’s book return slots are closed. All due dates have been extended to April 15; no overdue fines will accrue during this time. Staff will answer phone calls and emails Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 338-3884, ext. 10. Digital resources in addition to those listed above include e-books and e-audiobooks on RBDigital; craft projects on Creativebug; and self-publishing and other resources on Biblioboard.

Bremen Library requests that patrons not return any items, including interlibrary loans, while the library is closed. Wi-Fi is available from the parking lot 24/7. The network is Bremen Library and the password is “ReadBooks!”

Camden Public Library plans to resume normal operations Wednesday, April 1. The library’s Facebook page is offering virtual Story Times with Miss Amy.

Carver Memorial Library in Searsport has extended due dates until after they reopen. They ask that patrons keep library materials at home rather than using the book drop, to prevent overflow. The librarians will check and return messages periodically: email or visit the library’s Facebook page or Instagram stream.

Cushing Public Library is closed until further notice. Their website,, will maintain updates.

Hope Library will be closed and all programs will be canceled until April 30.

Lincolnville Community Library staff will continue to respond to emails and calls; patrons can send inquiries to or 706-3896.

Rockland Public Library is closed until further notice. Staff will be available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions via phone at 594-0310, email at or Facebook Messaging. “If you just need to hear a friendly voice, we are here for that, too,” their website states. Wi-Fi is available in the parking lot; the network is rplwireless and the password is “love2read.” Staff plan to maintain an online presence via Facebook and updates to the website and by hosting online events and sharing resources. Patrons are asked to hold on to materials until the library reopens. The Book Stop shop is also closed.

Skidompha Library in Damariscotta is tentatively scheduled to reopen Wednesday, April 1. Skidompha Secondhand Book Shop is also closed. Those who encounter a problem with their account may call 563-5513 and leave a message; staff will do their best to respond. All AARP Tax appointments have been canceled through April 8.

Stockton Springs Community Library will be closed through March 30.

Thomaston Public Library is closed through the end of March.

At Vose Library in Union, staff are working to develop a collection of online resources to share health information, online library services and important updates. No late fees will be applied to overdue library items; patrons are asked to keep them until the library reopens. Wi-Fi is available from the parking lot during daylight hours.