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On July 6, Witherle Memorial Library will reopen with limited public access.

Patrons will be permitted to enter the library and request books at the library desk.  Those patrons who wish to browse the permanent adult collection of fiction, nonfiction, books on CD and DVDs may do so by appointment, one patron or family at a time. Masks are required and patrons are asked to practice social distancing when in the building. The library will continue to offer no-touch pick-up, curbside pick-up and home delivery service.  To order books and other materials, or set up an appointment to browse, please go contact the library during regular business hours.

The Children’s Room remains closed for public access for the time being.  However, patrons may request an unlimited number of books, DVDs, and magazines, by title, genre, and age.  Please contact Youth Services librarian Irene Hall for assistance.

Interlibrary loan remains unavailable, however the library hopes to see this valuable service return later this summer.

The library staff extends its gratitude to the Castine community for its support and flexibility during the last three months, and is happy to see the return of more services as the library safely reopens.

How to Use Curbside Service

To get started, you will need to select materials. To use the library’s online catalog you first go to Minerva Maine by clicking here or at the catalog button at the top of each web page.  For now, you will need to limit your search to only those materials available at our library.  You can also narrow your search by keyword, title or author.

Here’s how to do this:  How to choose Witherle Memorial Library in Minerva.

The easiest and best way to order materials is to use this handy Curbside Service Order Form.  You can be general or specific, and select how you want to receive them.  Also, you can place holds through the Minerva system.  If you would prefer not to order online then please call the library during regular business .

eBooks Made Easy

Downloading the cloudLibrary eBook app has never been easier thanks to this step-by-step video featuring our very own Rich Hewitt. Click here to watch. The video features a musical introduction performed by Silas Yates. If you’re interested in learning more about how to access free eBooks this video is for you.