Interlibrary Loan


Our library is part of Minerva, a statewide resource-sharing consortium.  The holdings of all member libraries may be accessed through the library’s website.  Patrons may also access their library records online, as well as renew items, reserve items owned by the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, and request books and other materials from other Maine libraries.

Minerva is a consortium of more than 80 Maine libraries, including public, academic, school, and specialized libraries. By creating a statewide “library without walls,” Minerva eliminates geographic and socio-economic barriers, and provides access to more than six million library items.  The consortium improves library services for participating libraries and their patrons through automation and collaborative projects.

A Library without Walls

The Minerva catalog includes over six million items—not only books but also DVDs & videocassettes, magazines, audiobooks, and music CDs.  You can search the catalog by author, title, subject, keyword, and material type.

If an item is not available in Minerva, you can search MaineCat libraries from the Minerva catalog and directly request MaineCat materials.  MaineCat libraries include academic libraries and additional public libraries across the state.  When your requested materials are available, they will be delivered to the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library for you.  If an item is available on the shelf at another library, it will usually be delivered to us within a couple of days.

Not sure how to do all this? Call 925-3177 and schedule a one-on-one tutorial with a librarian.