How to Get a Library Card

Library Card Eligibility

We require proof of identity and proof of residency. All applicants must present proof of residency, owning property/paying taxes, or renter status as defined below. Acceptable proof includes, but is not limited to, a lease, mortgage bill, tax bill, or utility bill mailed to the address used for residency. Employees of RSU 21 and the Town of Kennebunk who live in a non-resident town must present documentation of their employment. 

By signing the borrower's card application, the patron agrees to the Library's lending policies. Possession of a library card is implied permission to use that card. That is, if a family member presents another family member's card, we assume s/he has permission of the card owner.

For registration of children younger than the 7th grade, we require a proof of identity and signature of a parent or legal guardian. With this signature the parent or legal guardian agrees to the responsibility of all fines and replacement costs in the event the child is not able to meet these responsibilities.

Students who have reached the 7th grade are eligible for an adult registration. Adult registrations convey that the card holder is responsible for that card.

Family members living in the same residence may elect to share one card.

First-time borrowers are limited to 5 items on their first visit. Provided the patron remains in good standing, the number of items borrowed will be in accordance with the Lending Policy.

There is a $1.00 charge to replace a lost card.

Residents are:
  • Persons who own property and pay real estate taxes or personal property taxes in Arundel, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, or Wells regardless of primary domicile; or
  • Persons who rent residential property in Arundel, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, or Wells as their primary residence. This does not include persons who are seasonal renters; or
  • Employees of RSU21 and the Town of Kennebunk regardless of residence.
Non-Residents are:
  • Persons who do not pay real estate taxes or personal property taxes in Arundel, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, or Wells; or
  • Persons who rent property on a seasonal basis e.g. seasonal beach renters.
Non-residents may register for a library card at an annual fee of $35 for 1 year or $20 for 3 months, which may include all family members. Non-resident borrowers will be given all the privileges and responsibilities of a resident borrower’s card.
  • 1-year and 3-months will be calculated as of the date of registration not a set date.
  • Patrons may not check out materials with an expired non-resident card.

Effective 9/30/2014
 

How to Create User Account

View, renew and hold materials from your home computer


To create an account, go to the Minerva website. In the upper right hand corner of the catalog, choose "my library account" and follow the instructions.
 
Please call (207)-985-2173 or email the library for assistance if needed.

 

How to Renew Your Books

In Person, Phone or Online

All material may be renewed except for materials with reserves and materials on which you owe fines.You may call the Library (207-985-2173) to renew if you owe fines; we may be able to override the fine block.

In Person
When you come to the Library ask at either the Main desk or the Children's room desk to have your materials renewed. Please remember to 
bring your library card.

Phone
Your materials can be renewed by calling us during business hours at 985-2173 and choosing option 4 for adult materials and option 5 for children's materials.
Please be ready to read your library card number to the librarian.

Online
Library cardholders may renew their own materials online. All material may be renewed except for materials with reserves and materials on which you owe fines.
  1. Log in to your "My Library Account" on the upper right hand corner of the Minerva website.
  2. If not the default view, click the "Items currently checked out" link to view the materials you have checked out.
  3. Select the materials you want to renew by checking the boxes in the RENEW column and then click the Renew Selected button. If you want to renew everything, click the Renew ALL button.
  4. If you cannot renew items, a message will appear on the screen. 
  5. If you are successful, a new due date will appear in the "STATUS" column. 
Always check the STATUS column for information on the success or failure of your renewal.

How to Reserve Materials

In Person, Phone or Online


In Person
 When you come to the Library ask at either the Main desk or the Children's room desk to have a title reserved for you. 
Please bring your library card with you.
 
Phone
Call the Library during business hours at 985-2173 option 4 for adult and option 5 for children's materials. 
Please be ready to read your library card number to the librarian.
 
Online 
From the library catalog, select "My Library Account," located in the top right corner of the screen. Sign in with your name and library card number. Once you find an item that you'd like to request selected the red checkmark "request" button located above the search box.