SERVICES

CURBSIDE PICKUP

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Maine State Library and Maine InfoNet have temporarily suspended interlibrary loan services and the Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program across the state.  

Curbside pickup is coming soon!

Starting the week of June 1, items will be able to be requested and will be available for pickup during the following hours:

  • Tuesday, 11 am – 4 pm
  • Thursday, 11 am – 4 pm
  • Saturday, 10 am – 1 pm

Adjustments may need to be made to improve the system after we get started, but we’ll be sure to keep everyone posted about any changes.

Beginning June 1, holds can be placed via our online card catalog, MILS, for up to 5 items owned by Thomaston Public Library. You can also call us at (207) 354-2453 or email us at libraryloan@thomaston.lib.me.us, though we encourage everyone to use the online catalog to get the most up-to-date information about which items are available to borrow.  If you haven’t used the MILS catalog to request items before, click here or scroll down for instructions. 

Once you have placed your hold request, please allow 24 hours for our staff to receive the request and gather your items (which we will do while wearing masks and gloves). If you have placed your hold request through the catalog, you’ll receive an email when your items are ready. Otherwise, we will call you.

When you arrive at the library, call us from the parking lot (if you don’t have a cell phone, make sure to call us before you leave home for further instructions). Our staff will place your bagged items, labeled with your name, on a cart just outside the door. Please make sure to practice social distancing and maintain a 6-foot minimum distance from both other library patrons who might be waiting for their own items and our staff members while they are placing your items outside. 

If you are returning items, please place them in the book drop, not on the pickup cart. This will allow us to safely quarantine the items for the recommended time before we make them available to the next patron.

Requesting Materials Through the MILS Catalog 

Please note that you must have a new library card number (14 digits instead of a 5 digit card number) and your library account must be in good standing to request items through the online catalog. If you haven’t gotten a new number, email us at libraryloan@thomaston.lib.me.us or call us at (207) 354-2453 to get it updated. 

Start with our online card catalog (which may look slightly different than the images below if you are using a tablet or mobile device), and make sure the search drop down box says “Thomaston Public Library.” This will make sure you are searching through only Thomaston’s catalog while interlibrary loan services are unavailable. 

MILS Catalog Keyword Search of Thomaston Public Library Collection

The search will default to a keyword search, though you can also switch to title or author (last name, first name). We generally recommend a keyword search for best results, and if possible, using the title and author’s last name. This will usually bring up a list of search results that are at least close matches or perhaps related to the item you are searching for (e.g., if there are other books by the same author in the system, it will likely show those as well).

Click on the title of the item that seems like the closest match to what you are searching for to check the details:

MILS Online Catalog Keyword Search Results

If that is the item you’re looking for, awesome! Click the “Request” button in the upper left, just above the search bar (please note, until the library’s curbside pickup service actually begins on June 1, the request button has been temporarily hidden and all items will have a status of “temporary closure”).

Log in to your library account (please note that by barcode, they mean your library card number):

MILS Library Account Login

If your request was successful, you’ll get the following message and you will be emailed (or, if we don’t have an email address on file for you, called) when your item is ready for pickup. Please allow 24 hours for the library staff to receive the request and gather your items. 

Successful ILL Request