About Lithgow Library

Lithgow Public Library serves the Capital Area with a wide variety of services and programs. The library holds a collection of around 65,000 books, periodicals, and audiovisual items, along with access to millions of others through Maine InfoNet. A cultural, educational, and recreational focal point for the community, the library offers programming, access to electronic resources, and reference services for all.

 Library Basics



How can I get a library card? If you are a resident of Augusta, just bring a photo ID and something that shows your Augusta address, such as a utility bill or other official piece of mail. If you are applying for your child, the child must be present when we issue the card. You will be asked to fill out and sign an application for a library card, which will include your contact information and signature. Library staff will create a library account for you and give you a plastic library card, which you will need to bring with you when you want to borrow library materials. Your library card will also allow you to access your library account online, as well as request items from our library or other libraries from home.

Can I get a library card if I live outside of Augusta? If you do not live in Augusta, you may get a Lithgow Public Library card if you pay an annual non-resident fee, which approximates the amount that Augusta taxpayers pay for library services through property taxes. Currently, that amount is $60.00 per year, $30.00 for six months, or $15.00 for three months. If you own property in Augusta, but do not live in town, you do not have to pay the nonresident fee in order to get a library card. Non-residents who are City of Augusta employees, or teachers or students in the Augusta Public School System, may obtain a free card for 1 year.

What if I lose my library card? Replacement library cards cost $1.00.

Can I use my library card at other libraries? Currently, we do not have reciprocal borrowing agreements with other libraries. We encourage you to use your Lithgow Library card to request items owned by other libraries, through the MINERVA and MaineCat catalogs – these items will be sent to Lithgow for pickup.

When is the library closed for holidays? 

Holiday closings for 2019:

  • Monday, January 1st –  New Year’s Day
  • Monday, January 21st – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Monday, February 18th – President’s Day
  • Monday, April 15th – Patriot’s Day
  • Monday, May 27th – Memorial Day
  • Thursday, July 4th – Independence Day
  • Monday, September 2nd – Labor Day
  • Monday, October 14th – Columbus Day
  • Monday, November 11th – Veterans Day
  • Thursday, November 28th – Thanksgiving Day
  • Wednesday, December 25th – Christmas Day

How long may I borrow materials? Books and books on tape and CD circulate for 3 weeks. Music, movies and magazines circulate for 1 week. You may renew your items 2 times as long as there are no holds on a specific item. Items borrowed through inter-library loan (items ordered from other libraries) currently circulate for 3 weeks, regardless of format.

How much do late fees / fines cost? If a library item is kept beyond the due date, an overdue fee will be charged as follows:
Books, books on tape and CD, periodicals, and music CDs:

5 cents per day (Adult card)

2 cents per day (Children’s card)

Videos and DVDs: 50 cents per day

*A replacement fee will be charged for lost or damaged items.

**Please note that fines on other libraries’ materials vary and the fines listed above, only apply to items owned by Lithgow Library.

How can I access my library account? You can access your library account through the catalog and clicking the “patron info” button under the search bar, or by going directly to this page: https://minerva.maine.edu/patroninfo. Enter your first and last name and the number under the barcode on the back of your library card. Once logged in, you can request materials for other libraries, check the statues of your requests, fines and due dates.

How can I request materials from other libraries? In searching the Minerva catalog, you can expand your search to include all libraries in the Minerva consortium. When you find an item you would like to request, simply click on the Request button (you must be viewing an item record in order to see this button, not viewing a list of search results–click on the item’s name in order to view its record.) You will be asked to enter your name and library card number (the barcode number on your library card.) Once you have done this, click on Submit. You should see a message saying that your request was successful, and that your “request will be delivered to Lithgow Library when it is available.”

Can I renew items borrowed from other libraries? Most items borrowed from other Minerva libraries may be renewed provided no one else is waiting for them (books and audiobooks for one two-week period; videos & dvds for an additional one-week period.) Items borrowed from the larger MaineCat system may or may not be renewed. If you are unsure about an item you have borrowed, or are unable to renew an item yourself online, please contact the library for assistance.

How can I return materials, when the library is closed? The library has a brand-new book and media drop, which is located near the main entrance of the Ballard Center. There are separate slots for books and media (CDs / DVDs).

What is the cost of printing and making photocopies? Documents can be printed from public computers (we do not offer wireless printing at this time).

Color printer/copier: 25¢ per page    B&W printer/copier: 10¢ per page

Does the library have computers for public use? The library has computers available for general use for adults, teens and children. Library users 18 and older may use the computers in Adult Services, and teens ages 13-18 may use the computers in the teen room – both should check in at the Adult Services desk at the top of the stairs. Children 12 and under may use computers in the children’s room near the main entrance. Please see our Internet Safety and Technology Use Policy for more information.

Can I reserve a computer in advance? Computers are first come, first served. We allow 2 1-hour sessions per person, per day.

Do I need a Lithgow Library card to use the computers? No. Anyone is free to use the library’s public computers.

Does the library have WiFi? The library offers free wireless internet access. We change the password on a regular basis, so please visit a service desk for the current password. The WiFi is only turned on during our business hours.