Curbside Service

Curbside serviceThe library is currently operating by curbside service only. But we are still here to help you! You can call us at 374-5515 during our open hours or email library@bhpl.net any time for personal assistance. Here is some general information about available services:

Computer Use & Internet Access

We are lending Chromebook laptops to use in your car or outside. Call us at 374-5515 upon arrival and we can bring one out for you. These laptops will allow you to browse the internet, check your email, and edit documents using the Google Docs suite of products. If you have an acute need that can only be met using one of our PCs inside, please call us to discuss.

The library wifi is on 24/7 and stretches far across the grounds and parking lot. You can access the “BHPL Open” network with no password needed. You can access our super-fast “BHPL Fast” network by entering in your library card number and password. If you need to know your card number, give us a call and we can get it to you.

Printing

If you have any smartphone or tablet, or a Mac laptop computer, you can print wirelessly straight from your device, even from outside. Call or email us for instructions, and once your job has printed, we can run it outside for you.

If you have a PC laptop or want to send us a print job ahead of time, email it to printthis@bhpl.net with instructions (how many copies, double/single-sided, color or black-and-white, etc.), and when you would like to pick it up, and we will take care of it and make arrangements with you for pickup and payment.

Copies, Scanning, & Faxing

We are happy to run copy, scan, and fax jobs for you. Call us from outside and we can come out to pick up your originals and take payment, then return them to you with copies when finished.

Curbside Lending & Home Delivery

To request items for curbside pickup, simply call 374-5515 to speak with library staff, place a hold in our online catalog, or use our Book Bundle form to make a general request. You can also request items to be sent from other libraries through MaineCat.

We place items out for half-hour slots at your convenience during our open hours. Scheduling a pickup time in advance is appreciated, but it’s also fine to call from outside and we can bring your items out on demand.

If you can’t get to the library, we are still offering contact-free home delivery to patrons around the peninsula and Deer Isle. So, if you’re not feeling well, are concerned about exposure, or for any reason can’t get to the library, give us a call, please.

Browsing the Shelves

While the building is not open for browsing, we are happy to have a “personal librarian” browse for you while talking on the phone or by video call. We have lots of good suggestions! You may also find this series of catalog tips useful for browsing virtually. Check out what’s new to our shelves by looking at online lists for general items, young adult, and children’s.

On clear days, we will put new materials out for browsing on carts on the walkway up to the parking lot entrance. Feel free to browse them and call us or knock on the door if you’d like us to check some out for you.

Library Cards

We are providing remote library card registration for residents of the Blue Hill Peninsula. Simply email library@bhpl.net or call 374-5515 to get signed up for a card.

Digital Collections

The library offers collections of e-books and e-audiobooks accessible from anywhere with your library card, as well as language-learning and database access. Learn more on our Digital Services page.

Children’s Services

Book a “virtual visit” to the Larchwood Room by scheduling an appointment to Zoom with Youth Services Librarian Claire Malina. Claire will be happy to read a story to your little ones, take you on a virtual tour of the space, help pick out books together, or just visit with the kids to say hello and chat.

Technology & Reference Help

Our “virtual information desk” is open. If you have questions – about anything – the library can help answer. Email refdesk@bhpl.net or call 374-5515 x11.

And if you need assistance with managing your new “virtual life,” library staff are here to help you with video-conferencing, converting to digital, or any other technological challenges you may be experiencing. Schedule an appointment online or call 374-5515 to set up a one-on-one remote session with a live human being. You may also get some of your questions answered by looking through recordings of our past technology workshops.

Online Programs & Events

The library is hosting online events for all ages, both live and pre-recorded. You can see more information or register on our calendar. We also invite you to view recordings of past programs for adults and young people, or join the “Blue Hill Peninsula Chess Nuts” team online if you miss playing chess at the library.

Help Us Help You

The bottom line – we are ready to bend over backwards to meet your needs around access to information, library services, and community. If our current offerings don’t do the job for what you need, please get in touch so we can work together to find a way to serve you safely.