Five Maine libraries have announced a new collaborative effort, the Consortium of Apollo Maine Libraries, which offers “one card” capabilities for borrowers.

The public libraries participating in "CAML" are our very own Carver Memorial Library in Searsport, Farmington Public Library, Porter Memorial Library in Machias, Waterboro Public Library, and Hollis Center Public Library.

What this means for library users from Searsport and the other towns is that a card issued by your home library will work at any of the participating libraries. Those searching their home library’s online catalog now can broaden the search to include the CAML consortium libraries as well, and can request items to be sent to their home library for pickup through the statewide library van delivery system.

Returns of checked-out items can be made at any participating library. All materials borrowed through the CAML consortium are checked out for two weeks, and can be renewed once as long as no one is waiting.

Hollis Center Public Library's participation will be limited to in-person borrowing, since they are not yet part of the library van delivery system.

These new features are available at no cost because all the libraries use the same Apollo library software, which can be connected. The cooperation of these libraries is intended to make library use more seamless, expand the range of materials available, and allow borrowers the autonomy to do their own requesting.

Statewide inter-library loan services will continue to be available for titles not found in the CAML consortium; just ask Carver Library staff for assistance, as before.

Organizers of this cooperative consortium hope other libraries will join in the future, expanding services for their borrowers and across the consortium.

Visit Carver Memorial Library soon and check it out!