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How do I get a library card?
When is the Library open?
How do I get to Bailey & where do I park?
How do I check my account, reserve and renew books?
How do I search for a book or other items?
How do I do genealogy research?
How do I borrow downloadable audiobooks and/or eBooks?
How do I support Bailey Library?
How do I ask a librarian a question online?
How do I get a book from another library?
How do I return items after hours?
How do I use a computer in the library?
How do I find a magazine or newspaper article?

How do I get a library card?

Library Cards are provided free to anyone living in Winthrop or paying property taxes to Winthrop. Additionally, cards are provided to anyone employed or going to school in Winthrop. Cards are required to borrow books and other materials. Signing up for your library card is quick and easy. All you need is identification that contains your current street address, e.g., driver’s license, utility bill, rent receipt or any piece of recently delivered mail, and photo identification. Library Cards are available to non-residents, for a yearly fee of $40. This card entitles the holder to all library services.

When is the Library open?

Monday: 10am-6pm
Tuesday: 10am-6pm
Wednesday: 10am-6pm
Thursday: 3pm-8pm
Friday: 10am-3pm
Saturday: 10am-3pm
Sunday: Closed

How do I get to Bailey & where do I park?

The Bailey Public Library is located at 39 Bowdoin St in Winthrop, Maine.




Limited parking is available on Bowdoin street, Union street and Summer street. There is also a municipally owned parking lot outside Sully’s (38 Main St), which is within easy walking distance.

How do I check my account, reserve and renew books?

To check your account status or renew and reserve books you need to visit the Minerva Online Catalog. You will need to enter your name and the 14-digit patron bar-code found on your library card.

How do I search for a book or other items?

You can search for a book or other items by using the catalog search box located on every page of our website, or by searching Minerva by clicking here.

How do I do genealogy research?

Click: Books and other materials on genealogy at Bailey

Ellis Island Passenger Search: libertyellisfoundation.org/passenger

In-house access to Ancestry.com: ancestrylibrary.com/default.aspx

Maine State Vital Records: maine.gov/sos/arc/research/vitalrec.html

National Archives at Boston: archives.gov/boston
Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

How do I borrow downloadable audiobooks and/or eBooks?

Click here for detailed directions on borrowing audiobooks and eBooks.

How do I support Bailey?

DONATE MONEY

Your gift to the Winthrop Public Library Foundation 501(c)(3) helps the Library serve the community above and beyond what tax-based funding provides. Thanks to donations from individuals, businesses and foundations, the Foundation continues to provide support to the Bailey Library. Some achievements include:
• 2015 Locashio Addition
• New slate roof, windows and insulation (1916 building)
• Purchase of adjacent property for future parking lot
• All hours book drop with media slot on Bowdoin Street
• Purchase of lending materials
• Patron-focused furnishings and technology
• Support for literacy and music programs for children
• Free events with acclaimed authors, artists and community leaders

To help the Foundation support the library to the fullest extent, we offer the following annual memberships. Members will be displayed on our wall of donors in the lobby of the library, and listed in promotional materials and at cultivation events, as long as the membership is active. All members, regardless of level, will be listed in our annual newsletter to the community.

• Readers Circle Members: $100-$499
• Library Sponsors: $500-$999
• Bailey Benefactors: $1,000-$4,999
• Bailey Gold Benefactors: $5,000+

Learn more about the Winthrop Public Library Foundation and become a donor.

DONATE BOOKS

A great way to support your Library and clean-up your home or office bookshelves is to donate your used materials to the Friends of The Bailey Public Library. The Friends will re-sell your donations at their annual Book Sale. Proceeds from the sale help fund Library projects, activities, and materials not covered by the Library’s operating budget. Plus, you can become a member of this grassroots organization dedicated to promoting Winthrop’s Library, an essential institution of our community. For many years, the Friends have enthusiastically supported the Library.

Achievements of the Friends include:
• Children’s Summer Reading
• Children’s Music Hour
• Yoga Night
• Downloadable Mobile App
• Children’s audiobooks
• Mobile app
• Receipt printers to improve staff efficiency
• Reversible heat pump in server room to improve network functionality
This proven track record has only been accomplished through the support of members like yourself. Please take some time today to support the Friends by sending a check to:

Friends of Bailey Library
39 Bowdoin St.
Winthrop, ME 04364

You may contact the Friends by email at: lkquaste@gmail.com

Friends Membership categories:
Student: $5
Individual: $10
Family $15
Patron $25
Sponsor $50
Benefactor $100 or more

How do I ask a librarian a question online?

For Reference or Information questions contact: reference@baileylibrary.org

You can also send an email to:

Richard Fortin, Head Librarian
Shane Billings, Adult Services Librarian
Cindy Hinkley, Children’s Librarian

How do I get a book from another library?

Borrowing books from other Maine libraries:

If the Bailey Public Library does not own the book or material that you are looking for, it may be available for loan from another library in Maine. Searching for and requesting items is easy:

Go to the Minerva online catalog
Search for the book or material desired.
Click on the “Request” button.
Enter your name and library card number and click “Submit”

You should get a message saying that your request was successful. (If you didn’t, send an email to ill@baileylibrary.org.) If the item was listed as “Available” it should be here at the Bailey Library in 2-4 business days! We will contact you as soon as it arrives.

If Minerva libraries do not have the item:
From the Minerva catalog, click on “Search MaineCat”
Find the desired item.
Click on “Request this Item” next to the red check mark
At the scroll down menu, select “Bailey PL”
Enter your name and library card number, and click “Submit”

You should get a message saying that your request was successful. (If you didn’t, contact ill@baileylibrary.org.) If the item is listed as “Available” it should be here at Bailey in 3-5 business days! We will contact you as soon as it arrives.

Please Note:
You may request up to fifteen (15) items at a time.

How do I return items after hours?

The Bailey Public Library has an all hours drop-off for books and media located at 39 Bowdoin St.

How do I use a computer in the library?

Internet access is available at the library in two areas. Computers in the children’s wing are for use by children age 14 and younger, except for parents and guardians accompanying children. Computers in the adult wing are for use by individuals age 17 and older, except for children accompanying a parent or guardian. Computers in the teen area are for use by individuals age 13-19.

Membership at the Bailey Library is not required to use our computers. They are available on a first-come basis. Time on the Internet is limited to 60 minutes on the adult floor and 30 minutes on the children’s floor when others are waiting.

How do I find a magazine or newspaper article?

We have a few ways you can achieve finding a magazine or newspaper article here at the Bailey Public Library.

Members can check our catalog and see what periodicals we have here at the library. Or you can do a search online through the many databases that the Marvel program we subscribe to offers. There is also the Ebsco database (which is part of Marvel) that has entries from over 3,000 magazines and journals.

And if all the above doesn’t work please remember you can always call for help at any time, 207-377-8673.

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Hey everyone! Richard here. I know it’s been a long couple weeks of goodbyes, but I’d like to add to the choir. In July, 2010 I called this guy in the photo with me in for an interview after he applied for a position that I had open at the library. One reference described him as “the nicest man who’s ever worked for me,” while another added “Shane is ‘that employee’ who you never forget and wish never left.” Recently, a Bailey patron described him as “Mary Poppins” because he “arrived unannounced, changed our lives for the better, but now he has to go.” Well I just want to say that Shane was “that employee” and we do wish he’d never leave! Hundreds of you have stopped by to share stories with me about how Shane changed your lives, and I think that’s very neat for a town librarian to have that type of impact on the community. Tomorrow is Shane’s last day at Bailey, and from all of us in Winthrop - we will miss you, and best of luck on your next journey! ...

Hey everyone! Richard here. I know it’s been a long couple weeks of goodbyes, but I’d like to add to the choir. In July, 2010 I called this guy in the photo with me in for an interview after he applied for a position that I had open at the library. One reference described him as “the nicest man who’s ever worked for me,” while another added “Shane is ‘that employee’ who you never forget and wish never left.” Recently, a Bailey patron described him as “Mary Poppins” because he “arrived unannounced, changed our lives for the better, but now he has to go.” Well I just want to say that Shane was “that employee” and we do wish he’d never leave! Hundreds of you have stopped by to share stories with me about how Shane changed your lives, and I think that’s very neat for a town librarian to have that type of impact on the community. Tomorrow is Shane’s last day at Bailey, and from all of us in Winthrop - we will miss you, and best of luck on your next journey!

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My heart is full. Thank you so much for the many warm wishes and beautiful comments you’ve all left me here and in person over the past couple of weeks. You’ll never know how much they mean to me! Bailey Public Library will forever have part of my heart and soul. It has truly been my honor and privilege to work for all of you. Please don’t forget me! Love, Shane

Ron and I will miss you Shane your a wonderful person , Your the best , it will take big shoes to fill your spot 🙂 <3 Love ya , Ron and Vicki 🙂

Godspeed Shane ☘️ Thank You for your friendly smile and warm greeting every time any of my family members came to the library. You will be missed!

Good luck Shane M. Billings! Remember you are so welcomed back, if you are called to do so! I shall miss your kindness, warmth, respect for all. As I have ALWAYS said, the world needs more Shane's!

Yes, to all you said! I gave him a little something when I had to leave town and "his" library, hope he takes it with him and remembers me as well as I do him! So glad I left first, can't imagine the place without him!

Best of luck to your future whatever is ahead you got this and it's exciting we will miss you myself included.

Shane was the first person to welcome us to Winthrop. He IS amazing, and will be missed!

I truly will miss this guy. He made a huge impact on my entire family. It is going to take alot to find someone as spectacular as Shane M. Billings!

Good luck Shane!! And I'm sad to see you go but remember this is a new chapter in your life so embrace it and go out and shine for the world to see.

Such a great tribute to an outstanding human being! Wishing Shane happiness and success in his new ventures.

Shane will be very missed for his warmth and welcoming personality. Good luck in your new adventure!

Perfect description. Shane, we wish you the best in all that comes next!

Shane has been amazing and we all wish him the best in what’s next! ♥️👏📖

Wishing you all the best Shane M. Billings! I’m excited to see where this next chapter takes you! Xo

You will be very much missed, Shane! (((HUGS)))

Shane M. Billings I didn't get to say goodbye. I already knew you were amazing. But if I were to calculate your amazingness based on the number of people that have asked about you since I started working here, it would be 1,000%! Everyone is going to miss you so much. Good luck in all you do!

Thanks for saying YES to Shane and Shane, thanks for saying YES to Winthrop! 💚

Yes agreed!!! Congratulations our friend many Blessings always!!!

Thank you, Shane. We'll miss you!!

Great picture of you two!!

Best wishes, Shane!

Awh I love this.

Shane, we miss you already.

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