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Interested in a Caribou Public Library Membership?

 

Caribou residents and business owners of all ages may sign up for a library card at no additional cost. (The replacement cost for a lost card is $1.) A library card at Caribou Public Library allows its holder to check out books, magazines, videos, and other materials. Your card also gives you access to the Maine InfoNet Download Library of ebooks and audio books through Overdrive. Caribou Public Library offers its cardholders Overdrive Advantage, which grants priority access to the most popular ebooks and audio books in Maine InfoNet. Caribou Public Library also offers its cardholders access to ebooks through Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360. 

Caribou Public Library welcomes non-residents to all programs open to the public. Non-residents also have access to our public access computers and wireless Internet as well as our comfortable reading spaces and reading materials for use within the library. Non-residents who wish to check out materials or access electronic materials such as ebooks are asked to pay annual membership dues. These dues may be pro-rated for ease of payment. 

 

Membership Dues for Non-Residents Are Only:

 

$30 per year for an individual  

$40 per year for a family

 

With a Card You Can:

 

Check out books and periodicals

 Download e-books (both through CPL’s own brand-new e-book Collection and Maine InfoNet / Overdrive)

 Listen to audiobooks

 Check out movies

 

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Note

All new users of the library may check out four (4) items per visit for the first month. After that, usage is unlimited as to the number of items that can be checked out at one time.

For your confidentiality, we strongly recommend users present their library card or a form of identification when checking out materials. If you lose or misplace your library card, replacements are available for $1.00.[/expand]

 

Collection

The library’s collection consists of nearly 47,000 items. Included in this collection are over 37,000 printed volumes, over 500 large print books, over 100 magazines and newspaper subscriptions, nearly 1,000 videos and DVDs, over 800 audio books, a Maine section with over 1,200 items and more!


Special Collection

Local Genealogy Section

Aroostook Republican on Microfilm

Index to Aroostook Republican 1887—1948

Maine Collection

Vertical File (local information)

Large Print Books

LVA – Caribou Area – Resource Library

 

Loan Periods

New Adult Fiction — 7 days

 Fiction/Nonfiction — 14 days

Magazines — 7 days

 Videos — 3 days 

CDs — 14 days

Cassettes — 14 days

Audio Books — 14 days 

Renewals

Library items may be renewed two (2) times if no one else is waiting for that item. The following items may not be renewed due to their high demand: videos, items on reserve, seven (7) day books, and inter-library loans. Renewals may be done over the phone, in person, or online.

Reserves

Items may be reserved in person, over the phone or via the library’s website catalog. Reserved items will be held for three days.

Interlibrary Loans

Library users may request books from other libraries by simply filling out a inter-library loan request form in person or over the phone. A fee for one-way postage will be charged. 


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Large Print

The library has over five-hundred (500) large print books which may be checked out for two weeks.

 

Public Access Computers

The library provides 6 public access computers with high speed Internet access for the public to use. Users are asked to click through an Acceptable Use Policy prior to use. DSC03536

Open Access Wireless

The library offers high speed Internet access for all wireless 802.11 a/b/g capable laptops, smartphones, tablets, PDAs and other wireless devices.The library offers Internet use to all users.  

Security Notes: When using any network connection, including the wireless network at the Library, do not enable file sharing or print sharing. If you do, other people may gain access to your hard drive and files, or misuse your computer. It is highly recommended that your laptop has up-to-date antivirus software installed. Limitations and Disclaimers: The Library’s wireless network is not secured with any encryption such as WEP or WAP. Information can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and the appropriate software, within three hundred feet.  

Library staff are not always able to provide technical assistance and no guarantee can be provided that you will be able to make a connection. The Library assumes no responsibility for the safety of equipment or for laptop configurations, security, or data files resulting from connection to the Library’s wireless network. Internet Acceptable Use Policy Mission Statement / Technology Plan The Caribou Public Library Board of Trustees and staff recognize the impact of technology, specifically electronic communication and information upon the lives of the residents of Caribou. The Library strives to provide access to, provide instruction in the use of, identify, retrieve and organize technology in its various formats. Electronic Information-Acceptable Use Policy Welcome to the Caribou Public Library’s Computer Network System. The library does not monitor and has no control over the information accessed through the Internet and cannot be responsible for its content. As with other library materials, restriction of a child’s access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent/legal guardian.

1. Patrons must use the computers for acceptable purposes. Any use of the Internet computers for illegal, inappropriate or obscene purposes or in support such activities is prohibited.

2. Library staff will provide limited assistance for basic start-up procedure for those who have had prior use on the Internet.

3. Adult computers may be used for one hour at a time with one half hour additional time if no one is waiting per day. (7th grade & up).

4. Children computers may be used for 30 minutes at a time with one half hour additional time if no one is waiting. (6th grade & under) Children under seven must be accompanied by an adult when using the computers.

5. Web-based e-mail accounts are acceptable, as well as access to social network sites. Neither the Library (including staff and volunteers) nor the City of Caribou assumes responsibility for access to or security of individual logins and passwords, nor for the security of personal information over the world wide web. For your safety and protection, please remember to log out of all accounts when done.

6. Print-outs are 20 cents each.

7. Persons using library equipment agree not to make any changes to the set-up or configuration of the software or hardware.

8. Computer users are financially responsible for any harm done to the computers. Adults are financially responsible for any harm done by their children.

9. Unauthorized, disclosure, use and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors is prohibited.

10. Acceptable Use Policy is subject to change.

 

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