Who can belong?
You qualify for a free McArthur Public Library card if you live, work,
own property, teach, or go to school in Biddeford. For all others, there
is an annual $30 membership fee.
How can I join?
All we need is a completed and signed application, current ID, and proof
of your current residence (not just your mailing address).
Driver’s license or state ID
Social Security card
Alien Registration card
Food stamp card
Acceptable proof of residence:
Printed checks/deposit slips
Cancelled mail with postmark dated within the last 30 days
Valid hunting or fishing license
Lease or mortgage agreement
Children (ages newborn-13) will need a parent or legal guardian’s
signature and ID to get a library card. We encourage parents to get
cards for all their children.
Out-of-town residents may choose to get one card for the whole family
for a single membership fee of $30.00.
What can I get with my card?
Your library card allows you to borrow books in both regular and large
print, magazines, pamphlets, CDs, videocassettes, DVDs, and audiobooks. Sorry: reference materials must stay in the
How long can I keep them?
Most library books, CDs, and long DVD sets can be checked out for three
weeks. Most videos, DVDs, some high-demand children's books, and CDs,
DVDs, and videos borrowed from other libraries check out for one week.
How many can I take?
For the most part, as many as you can keep track of. We ask that you
limit yourself to no more than 2 books from any nonfiction section. In
order to ensure that we have enough audiovisual material on hand for
browsers, we ask that you keep your DVD borrowing limited to 10. .
What if I return them late?
There are no fines on children’s materials. The fine on most adult and
young adult materials is 5¢ a day per item, with a maximum fine of
Can I renew my books?
If they are not on reserve for another patron, library items may be
renewed for one more check-out period. Additional renewals may be made
at the discretion of library staff. Renewals may be made in person,
over the telephone.
Can I reserve a book that is checked out to someone else?
Yes, you may, and we will give you a call when it comes in. We will hold
reserved material for 10 days after you’ve been called. Keep in mind that
there is frequently a long reserve list for popular items, and it may be
a while before we call. Please also remember that we cannot guarantee
that a book will be returned on time! We're happy to help you place a
hold, or you can do it yourself online.
What if you don't have the item I need?
McArthur Library belongs to a statewide network known as
Minerva, and you can connect to the holdings of over 60 Maine libraries
through our electronic catalog.
If none of the libraries in our network owns (or is willing to lend) the
item you want, you may make an interlibrary loan request and we will
search the country for it.
If the item you are searching for is brand-new, or hasn't yet been
published, you may fill out a purchase request slip and that will be
referred to the appropriate librarian for consideration.
Warning: it is relatively difficult to borrow audio or video materials
from outside of Minerva, and we cannot guarantee the success of these
What if I don’t return what I’ve borrowed?
Because library items are meant for the whole community to share, it is
important to return them on time. If items are not returned, you will be
billed for their cost and you will not be allowed to borrow anything
else until they are returned, or paid for, in the case of lost books.
Once overdue items are returned, you will owe the library only the
I dropped this book in the tub.
Oops. Unfortunately, items that have been lost or damaged will need to
be replaced, and you will be billed for the cost. Check the schedule of
fees for replacement at the end of this section for the details.
My toddler destroyed this book.
We believe in putting books in children's hands and letting them get
familiar with them. We also know that they are not always as careful
with them as we’d like. Therefore, we waive charges on books damaged by
small children, because they need to be given the first-hand opportunity
to learn how to take care of books. We do ask that you work with your
child to prevent future damage!
What if I move?
Please keep us updated when you move or change your phone number. We
need to be able to reach you when that best seller you have on hold
Schedule of Fees for
|Adult Room Books*
|Mass market paperback
|Children's Room & Young Adult Books
||Mass market paperback
||Book & cassette/CD kit
|Audiobook CD (per disc)
|* Adult materials with a value over $50.00 and
children's or YA materials with a value over $25.00 will be
charged as marked on the item.
|**Multi-disc or -cassette sets and DVD/CD combos
will be charged list price for the entire set.
|Please note: materials borrowed from
another library will be billed at a cost set by the lending
library; these costs may be as high as $75 per item.
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Welcome to McArthur Library’s public computer
network. To maximize availability to this resource, and to insure
fair accessibility for all, please follow these guidelines, which
include our policies, rules and procedures. As with the rest of the
Library’s facilities, your use of the computers is governed by our
posted Behavior Guidelines.
Internet Access Policy
The McArthur Library endeavors to develop collections, resources
and services that meet the cultural, informational, recreational and
educational needs of our diverse community of users. It is within
this context that the McArthur Library offers access to the
Library does not monitor and has no control over the information
accessed through the Internet and cannot be held responsible for its
content. The Internet is a global entity with a highly diverse user
population and Library patrons use it at their own risk.
- All Internet
resources accessible through the Library are provided equally to
all library users. Parents or guardians, not the Library
or its staff, are responsible for the Internet information
selected and/or accessed by their children. Parents, and only
parents, may restrict their children, and only their children,
from access to Internet resources available through the Library.
Please note: In recognition of the fact that some
Internet content is inappropriate for young children, the
Library has installed an Internet filter on the computers in the
Children’s Room. Parents and guardians should understand that
such filters are not 100% effective; we advise you to supervise
your children’s sessions.
- The McArthur
Library does not seek to limit users of Internet access
computers in the Adult Room from obtaining information you might
find offensive. There are sexually explicit materials and other
information resources on the Internet that you may personally
find controversial or inappropriate. Similarly, the Library is
limited in its ability to prevent third parties from observing
information on the monitor.
- Users of
computers in the Library should be aware that they are in a
highly public place. Should you use a public access computer to
view unprotected speech
as defined by the Supreme Court*, you may be asked to
discontinue your viewing. If you do not cooperate with staff
requests, you risk losing your computer privileges.
- Not all
sources on the Internet provide accurate, complete or current
information. You need to be a good information consumer,
questioning the validity of the information you find. Please
remember that many times you will find the specific information
you need right here in our books, periodicals, electronic
who use Library computers for illegal purposes will have their
privileges revoked and may be subject to criminal prosecution.
Library staff will provide as much assistance as possible in helping
you access the Internet and make use of the applications installed on
public access computers. However, you must bear in mind that Library
staff cannot fill out forms for you or provide editorial advice. The
need to serve many Library patrons at once makes it impossible for staff
to provide in-depth training concerning Internet surfing or personal
Guidelines for Access
Access to any of the Library’s Internet
computers is governed by “Cassie,” our computerized waiting list. If you
see a vacant computer, please use your library card to log in and begin
your use. If all computers are in use, please use the registration
computer, in the Adult Room, or go to the desk, in the Children’s Room,
to get onto the waiting list. If you do not have a McArthur Library
borrower’s card, please see Library staff for a guest pass, or go to the
Check-Out Desk by the front door for your own library card.
All patrons are
entitled to up to 90 minutes of computer time per day, time permitting,
but no more than 45 minutes in one single turn if there are other
patrons waiting. If there is no one waiting to use a computer after you,
you may extend your time in 10-minute increments at the prompting of the
- Important! The
computer is not kidding when it tells you your turn will end. If you
do not save your work, you risk losing it. If you do not have a
floppy disk, you may purchase one from the staff for $.25.
If you have a
preference of one specific computer over another, you may select it when
making your reservation. Please bear in mind that this may extend your
If Library staff become
aware that the computer sign-up system is being abused in any way,
offenders will lose their computer privileges for one week. Please play
Printing from Library computers costs
$.15 per page. Computer users are responsible for the cost of all pages
printed. Printing from the Internet can be very squirrelly; often you
may find that what seemed like a short document has resulted in a
45-page printout. Please use Print Preview or cut and paste to a Word
document to control your printing costs. All printouts may be retrieved
at the Information Desk on the same floor as the computer you have been
using. Keep in mind that your print job will be sharing a printer with
many other computer users; to ensure that your material is not
mistakenly taken by someone else, please pick up your printouts as you
*Almost all speech is protected under the First Amendment. The
Supreme Court makes an exception for obscenity, which must meet the
following criteria to qualify:
- whether “the
average person, applying contemporary community standards” would
find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient
- whether the
work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual
conduct specifically defined by the applicable state law [defined in
Maine as depicting or describing “ultimate sexual acts, excretory
functions, masturbation, or lewd exhibition of the genitals”], and
- whether the
work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political,
or scientific value.
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Meeting Room Use
The McArthur Public Library offers meeting room
space to area non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals.
Priority in making these spaces available is given
first to Library functions, then to the City of Biddeford or its
departments, and then to non-profit organizations or individuals
representing non-profit organizations. As part of our misson
to the community, space is made available to these entities without
Businesses or for-profit entities are welcome to
use the spaces, as they are available; below is a suggested donation
schedule for the use of the two rooms:
Group Meeting Room (accommodates up to 8 people): $25/hr.
Community Room (accommodates up to 75 chairs, theater-style):
Functions held in the Community Room are expected
to be free and open to the public; the Director must approve any other
use before a room reservation is confirmed.
Organizations using the Community Room are
responsible for setting the room up for their functions and for
restoring it to its original condition after use. Use of audio-visual
equipment should be indicated on the Community Room Booking Form.
Any group that wishes to show a film as part of an
event must ensure either that it possesses the public performance rights
to that film or that it is covered by the Library’s site license. Any
unauthorized public performance of a film is a violation of federal
copyright law. To check whether a film is covered by the Library’s
license, enter the title in the search engine at
www.movlic.com or consult with the Library staff.
Reservations for the two rooms can be made
according to the following guidelines:
- The Small Group Meeting Room can be reserved
for sessions up to two hours on a weekly basis for up to two months;
this reservation can be renewed according to availability. More
frequent or longer sessions must be approved by the Director. The
intent of the Small Group Meeting Room is just that: for small
groups to meet in relative private; any exception must be approved
by the Director. Any abuse of this intent will result in termination
- The Community Room can be reserved for
sessions of up to three hours on a monthly basis for up to one year;
this reservation can be renewed according to availability. More
frequent or longer sessions must be approved by the Director.
All users of either room must fill out a Room
Booking Form (attached) annually before a reservation can be considered
Light refreshments may be served in either room,
but alcoholic beverages are not permitted. All trash, spills, crumbs,
etc., must be cleaned up. Compensation for any damage to either room,
its contents, or equipment beyond normal wear and tear will be the
responsibility of the booking organization. NO SMOKING IS PERMITTED IN
THE LIBRARY PROPER OR ON THE GROUNDS INTERIOR TO THE SURROUNDING FENCE.
Room users are expected to have completed their
activities and tidying-up by the time the Library closes. Off-hours use
of the Library facilities is permitted only with the express approval of
the Director, pending availability of staff to monitor building
security. The library will assess a charge of $20/hr or any fraction
thereof for the off-hours use of the facilities to cover the direct
costs to the Library.
Use of Library facilities by any organization does
not constitute an endorsement of its activities or beliefs.
The organization or individual arranging for room
use will be responsible for paying for all damages to the property of
the library or others and for any personal injuries which may result
from such use of the room or rooms. This responsibility will extend to
paying for any attorney’s fees incurred by the library in protecting
itself from such claims.
The McArthur Library maintains a community information
area that includes brochure racks and wall space for posters and flyers.
As space is very limited, the Library also maintains an electronic
bulletin board both in the Community Information Area and as a link from
the Library’s website. This policy covers both physical and electronic
In all instances, informational postings with regard to
Library programs and events take priority over other postings, which
will be displayed physically on a space-available basis and posted on
the electronic bulletin board. Postings of events of limited duration
will take priority in allocation of wall space over those of a more
lasting nature, as will those for more local events and organizations
over statewide or national events or organizations.
It is the responsibility of Library staff to maintain
the Community Information Area.
General guidelines for inclusion of materials in the
Community Information Area follow:
Only materials for
non-profit organizations will be considered.
organization and basic contact information must be clearly
indicated on posters and brochures.
While events and
information of a political or religious nature are permitted,
campaign literature is not.
advertisements will not be considered for inclusion.
Any exceptions to this policy will be made at the
discretion of the Director and must be considered within the context of
the Library’s mission.
The posting of materials or brochures does not
constitute an endorsement by the Library of the sponsoring
organization’s activities or beliefs.
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