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Getting a Public Library card in Winthrop is easy and free. Applications are available at the Bailey Public Library located at 39 Bowdoin St. Requirements are as follows:
An adult age 18 and older must complete and sign an application and present:
A current valid ID with photo, name and Winthrop address (driver’s license, Maine state ID, etc.) Anyone without a fixed address may use a letter certifying their Winthrop resident status by the social service agency where he or she receives mail. (No post office box numbers)
If current photo ID does not have Winthrop address: A piece of current identification will be required (in addition to a photo ID) that includes name and Winthrop address, which may include personal check, current telephone, gas, electric or cable bill, mail with a current postmark or voter registration card. (No post box numbers will be accepted.)
A child age 17 and younger, must present a completed and signed application that includes the signature of a parent or guardian. Parent/guardian ID must be presented at this time.
Card-holders may immediately check out materials and place holds (up to a maximum of fifteen) and/or inter-library loan requests.
Nonresidents may still be eligible for a Bailey Public Library card. Requirements for nonresidents are:
|Winthrop property taxpayer, nonresident||Current ID with photo, name, address and a copy of verification of payment of Town of Winthrop property taxes.||Free|
|Individual employed in the Town of Winthrop||Current pay-stub and photo ID with name and address.||Free|
|Student who attends school in the Town of Winthrop||Proof of enrollment in Winthrop School and photo ID with name and address.||Free|
|Other visitors||Photo ID with current home address||$40/year, $25/6 months, $15/3 months|
Lost or Damaged Library Cards
If a library card is lost, please report it to the Bailey Public Library (207-377-8673). Members are responsible for all materials and fees charged against the library card account until its loss is reported to the Bailey Public Library. If a library card is lost, the member must pay a $1 replacement fee, and present current ID to get a new card. If a library card is damaged or broken, the library will replace the card free of charge.
Forgotten Library Card
If you have a library card but have forgotten it, you may still check out items with a photo ID.
Your library card entitles you to:
•Check out materials from the Bailey Public Library, and place holds on materials from any library in the Minerva system.
•Access eBooks and audiobooks through the cloudLibrary
•Download free music through Freegal
•Borrow Museum and Park passes
Protect your card
•Protect your card as you would a credit card. You are responsible for all materials checked out on your card.
•If your card is lost or stolen, contact the library to report it immediately.
Your library account
•Keep your information current. Let us know when your address, phone number or email changes so you will receive notifications on time.
The loan period is 14 days for all materials except films, which is 7 days. Inter-library loan items are checked out for 21 days, but may vary depending on the owning library. Be sure to check your check-out receipt to determine the due date for each item. Most materials can be renewed multiple times, provided there are no holds for those items.
After 20 days past due: You will be sent a bill for the replacement cost of the item(s) via email or postal mail. If you return the item(s), you owe only the overdue fines. Overdue fines are generally capped at $2.50 per item.
Once a Bailey item becomes sixty (60) days overdue, the director will make a decision on replacement of the item. Refunds will not be issued after an item is replaced even if the item is replaced with a different item. The reason for this is that the librarian may decide to order a more recent edition of a book, or another item which will be more current, useful or interesting to members than the exact item lost or destroyed.
Items borrowed through the Minerva system will be billed after forty-five (45) days past due.