UPDATE JULY 20: MaineCat requesting has been restarted. Please be aware quarantine protocols will result in longer than usual delivery times. PPL To Go is up and running! Place a hold. Wait for your pickup notice. Then make an appointment to pick it up. We look forward to seeing you! Our COVID-19 page continues to have links to current health information in multiple languages. Reference will be answering questions Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm, 871-1700 x725. If you would like to open a temporary eResource library card, please email lending@portlib.org

ILL for Maine Region 1 & 2 Libraries


We welcome ILL requests from libraries in Maine Region 1.  If you are new to  ILL or have questions about how it works, please read our guide to getting started. Many titles are available for direct request from our catalog.

Can’t find it in our catalog? Make a request through WorldShare ILL using your library URL provided to you by PPL in June 2017.  If you do not have this URL please call us at 207-871-1735 or send an email to ill@portlib.org.

For the titles we do not own, our goal is to provide you with fast, free loans from nearby libraries. If we do not find available copies in-state for you, we will search farther afield via WorldCat. If you do not want us to search beyond Maine or New England for you, please indicate so in the notes field.

For Region 1 libraries who participate in the statewide delivery service but are unable to participate in MaineCat, we now offer the MaineCat Bridge Program, which enables you to request directly from MaineCat libraries. To learn more about this innovative opportunity, please call the ILL office at 871-1735.

Can my library borrow this item from PPL? Before you fill out an ILL request form in WorldShare ILL, please check our catalog, where you may reserve materials that PPL owns using your library’s 14-digit PPL card number.

Please note that recently published books, movies and textbooks are often difficult to obtain via ILL; many lenders place restrictions on high-demand items.

ILL staff is available to answer questions and solve mysteries from 8am to 4pm, Monday through Friday at ill@portlib.org or (207) 871-1735.