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Maine Libraries To Test Out Program That Could Improve Lending Options

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A new pilot program kicks off next week in Maine that aims to improve lending options for library patrons.

Almost 70 public, academic and specialty libraries across the state are taking part in the year-long pilot program that will allow people with valid library cards from one participating library to check out materials in person from another.

Maine State Librarian James Ritter says what makes reciprocal borrowing possible is that these libraries all share the same library software.

“All of the libraries have a 14-digit barcode on their cards,” Ritter says. “They share the same library software system, and that's what enables a library patron from one library to go into another.”

Ritter says administrators plan to analyze the program and determine what works well and what might need to be adjusted. He says it's hoped that more Maine libraries will take part in the future.

A list of participating library is available from the Maine State Library.

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BA in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with public broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.