Search our catalog to find items in our collection. Books and audiobooks may be borrowed for 4 weeks, new adult fiction for 2 weeks, and movies and magazines for 1 week. If an item you would like to borrow is checked out, you can place a hold on it and we will notify you when it comes in.
We are now part of MILS, the Maine Infonet Library System. We are the first library, but soon we will be sharing the MILS catalog with other libraries. The most exciting part is that the MILS system connects us to MaineCat so that we can request items directly! Here’s how (click the picture to enlarge) or download the pdf:
MaineCat and Interlibrary Loan
Patrons with a library account can request items through interlibrary loan. Most materials found in MaineCat, the Maine Statewide Library Catalog (combined collections of well over 100 Maine libraries) are available free of charge.You can request these items with your Vose Library card number. MaineCat items must have copies “available” to request; MILS items can be requested even when all copies are checked out.
We receive van deliveries from other Maine libraries weekly on Friday mornings. Your item will probably take 1-2 weeks to arrive, unless it is in use by someone else or others are waiting.
If your search in MaineCat doesn’t find what you need because all the copies are unavailable, you would like an article from a magazine or newspaper, or no libraries in Maine own the item, we can request them for you. Email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org or come in to fill out a paper request slip. Items that must be mailed from other libraries can take 2-4 weeks to arrive, and will incur a fee for return postage. Please plan accordingly.
Items may be renewed once, unless they have been requested by another patron. To renew by phone, simply call us at 785-4733 and leave a message. We will call you back if there is a question or an item has a hold. You can also reply to the reminder emails and ask for a renewal. To renew online, you will need your barcode number; contact us to get your number if you do not have a plastic library card. Click on Search the Catalog, and then on My Library Account in the upper right corner. It will ask for your last name and library barcode.
Adult items are 10 cents per day, children’s 5 cents per day, and movies and magazines 20 cents per day. Fines are only charged for days that we are open.
Vose to Home Delivery Service
Free Book Delivery Service for Shut-Ins
Starting April 14, Vose Library will offer a free book delivery service to residents of Union who hold a Vose Library patron card and are unable to visit the library in person because of lack of mobility, lack of access to a vehicle, visual impairment, or because of a short-term disability such as late or post-term pregnancy or recovery from surgery, injury or illness. Visit the Vose to Home page, or download the brochure.
Technology to Borrow
Borrow technology! We have a Kindle ereader, wireless hotspot, a laptop (Windows 10) and two tablets (Windows 8), with keyboards. They all check out for two weeks. Maybe you’d like extra time on the computer to work on job applications, wireless to take to camp or on vacation with you, or a kindle to read on the plane. Patron must be over 18, show government ID, and have a library card in good standing.
The Maine InfoNet Download Library website provides free access to downloadable audiobooks and ebooks through CloudLibrary. Material may be checked out any time via the Internet, and works with hundreds of supported audio and ereader devices. To get started, try our quick start guide (.pdf). Library patrons will need to know their Vose Library card number in order to use this service. To get your number or for help, stop by or call the library. Try this article for more places to get free ebooks.
Open Library provides free access to downloadable ebooks for everyone.
Download and keep free ebooks in a variety of formats. These works are no longer copyrighted, and are freely available. Titles include Sibley’s History of Union and The Annals of the Town of Warren by Eaton. Copyrighted ebooks may be borrowed any time online in web, ePub and PDF formats. To get started, learn about borrowing here. You will need to sign up for a free Open Library account to borrow. You can even borrow Matthews’ Horse and Buggy Days! Questions? Stop by or call the library.
The library is free to all for browsing and reference. Borrowing is free for residents of Union, the neighboring towns of Appleton and Hope, and the SAD 40 Consortium towns of Washington, Warren, Waldoboro and Friendship. Residents of SAD 40 may also get a free library card at any other SAD 40 Consortium library. Those under 18 must have a signature from a parent or guardian. Residents from other towns who would like borrowing privileges will be charged a $15 yearly fee per household.