Get a library Card – There is no charge to becoming a patron at the Dr. Shaw Memorial Library, whether you live in the town of Mt Vernon or not! Sign up at the library anytime during our open hours. Your library card enables you to borrow any of our books, DVD’s, magazines, or other materials for a two week period. Please let us know if you move or have a new phone or email address. Keeping our records up to date helps us serve you the best way possible.
Card Services – The Dr. Shaw Memorial Library subscribes to a service (Maine InfoNet Download Library) through the Maine State Library where patrons can download audio books or ebooks on a kindle or other device at no charge. You will need the 4 digit number on your Dr Shaw Library card to access this service. If your card number is less than 4 digits, just add enough zeros in the beginning to make it 4 digits. For example, if your number is 11, use 0011.
Lost Card – Don’t worry-you can still check out books! We just need to know your name!
Placing a Hold – You may place a hold on an item if it is currently checked out by another patron. A librarian will contact you by phone or email when the item you are waiting for has been returned.
Renewing an Item – Items may be renewed over the phone (207-293-2565) – by email: DrShaw@shaw.lib.me.us – or by using the form at the bottom of this page.
Privacy and Confidentiality Policy
The Dr. Shaw Library uses the State of Maine confidentiality of library records law: (Maine Revised Statutes – 27 M.R.S. § 121. Libraries, History, Culture and Art – Chapter 4-A Library Records – Confidentiality of library records)
Records maintained by any public municipal library, the Maine State Library, the Law and Legislative Reference Library and libraries of the University of Maine System and the Maine Maritime Academy that contain information relating to the identity of a library patron relative to the patron’s use of books or other materials at the library are confidential. Those records may only be released with the express written permission of the patron involved or as the result of a court order.
Accordingly, library staff members are not authorized to discuss library records with anyone other than the cardholder, nor are they allowed to release your private information without a court order. Minors are afforded the same privacy rights as adults.