Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program

The Jesup is part of Maine’s Reciprocal Borrowing Program along with more than 60 other libraries through the state of Maine. This means you can use your Jesup card to take out books at any of these libraries. For a full list of libraries, click here. (Please note on MDI, the Jesup and the Southwest Harbor Public Library are the only libraries participating). Here are some answers from the Maine State Library to some frequently asked questions about the program.

Can I “walk in” to any of the participating libraries and borrow any item I’d like? 

In most cases, yes. Think of this program like the inter-library lending program where you can request an item from another library that your own library may not have. Each participating library reserves the right to limit what can be borrowed through this program. Generally, however, if an item is available to borrow through inter-library loan, then it is most likely available to borrow through this program.

Does my “home” library card need to be in good standing? 

Yes! Please make sure your local card is up-to-date, hasn’t expired, and has no fees or fines. It must be in good standing to use it at a participating library. Staff at participating libraries may ask that you contact your “home” library directly to resolve any issue with your card or account because the staff at the library you are visiting may not have all of your account information available to them.

If I borrow an item from another library, where should I return it? 

Preferably, return the item to the library you borrowed it from or return it to your “home” local library.  However, you can return the item to any of the participating libraries, should the need arise.  The goal of this program is convenience and customer service!

For more questions and answers check out the Maine State Library’s page here or tell us at the Jesup, by stopping by the desk or calling 207-288-4245.