Circulation Desk

Circulation Period

Books, audio books, music, and puzzles may be borrowed for three weeks. Magazines and videos are lent for one week. CloudLibrary App Downloadable Audiobooks and eBooks can be borrowed for as much as 3 weeks. Up to five digital songs may be downloaded a week.

Temporary Borrowers

A $20.00 deposit is required for first time temporary borrowers. The deposit will be returned upon receipt of the borrower's temporary card plus all library materials and outstanding fines.

Renewing Books

All materials may be renewed online, in person, over the telephone during operating hours. A patron can renew books twice UNLESS: 1) the material is on reserve for another patron, 2) the patron’s card is not updated, or 3) fines exceed the maximum amount. Please note, most downloadable audiobooks and eBooks cannot be renewed.

Holds and Requests

Requests for material from our library or through our statewide library system, Minerva, can be made online, in person, or over the telephone.

If another Minerva library does not have the book, pursue your search using the Maine InfoNET button for a wider selection of Maine collections.

If the material you need is not available in Maine, please see a librarian. We will make the request for you through other sources.


Fines for overdue books are 10 cents per day per item. The money collected from fines helps to pay the Library's operating expenses.

Computers at the Library

We have desktop computers for public use. We also have laptops that may be used, on the library premises only, in exchange for a patron’s valid ID. There is a sign-up sheet at the Circulation Desk. Users may reserve a maximum of 30 minutes a day. If a patron has need of a computer for research, classes, or similar tasks, a laptop can be reserved longer.

It is the policy of the Southwest Harbor Public Library to: (a) prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications; (b) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; (c) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and (d) comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106 – 554 and 47 USC 254(h)].

The library offers free wireless "Wi-Fi" access to the Internet for laptops, and mobile devices. The Wi-Fi is password protected, and the password is "readmore". The Wi-fi remains on after hours unless we are doing network maintenance.

All Internet users must comply with the Library's Internet Acceptable Use Policy.

All cell phone, computer, laptop and mobile device use must be quiet.


You may print black and white documents from the desktop computer stations by sending your document to print in the usual way and picking the printed copy up at the Circulation Desk. Staff can asssist you with color prints or copies which. If you have your own laptop or can send an email from a home computer, you may email your document to, and then notify a staff member so we can print your documents for you.

Check at the front desk for the current printing rates. NOTE: The patron must pay for every sheet that goes through the printer – mistakes and all. We suggest that you employ Print Preview before committing to print to avoid having to pay for mistakes. Think before you click!

The library also sells CDs, DVDs, and USB flash drives at the Circulation Desk for document storage.


You may scan by signing up for a Public Access Computer. The directions are located next to the copy machine. Scanning is free.

Copy Machine

There is a black and white copy machine available for patrons to use at the Library. Check at the Circulation Desk for current copy rates.

Fax Service

The library can both receive and send faxes. Our fax line is the same as our phone line: 207-244-7065. Please check at the circulation desk for current fax rates.

The Clark Room

The Clark Room is available by reservation for meetings, classes, and research.