Are you looking for a book but can't find it at our library? No problem! Now that Berwick Public Library has joined the Maine InfoNet Library System (MILS), our patrons can request books from nine other libraries in Maine. What's even better is that any patron from our library is able to request books from the comfort of their own home - all you need is a library card and access to a computer.
In order to request books online through MILS, you must have a 14-digit barcode on your library card. If you have not received a new barcode yet, please visit the circulation desk.
Once you have your 14-digit barcode, just use the following steps to request a book:
1. Start out by visiting the MILS book catalog at mils.maine.edu and clicking on "My Library Account" in the top right-hand corner of the page.
2. Enter your name and 14-digit library barcode to log on to your account
3. Once you are logged on, you can begin searching for books you'd like to read. Just click on "New Search" in the top right of the page and look for books using a keyword, author's name, or title.
4. Once you find a book that interests you in the search results, click on it to learn more about that title. If you decide it's a book you'd like to request, click on "Request", which is the first button under the green bar. A confirmation page will open telling you the request has been successful and the book will be sent to Berwick Public Library as soon as it's available. When your book arrives, you will receive a notification that it is ready to be picked up.
There are many other great features to MILS that can utilize as well. If you find a book that you'd like to read but aren't ready to request it just yet, click the "Add to My Lists" button, which is located next to the "Request" button directly under the green bar. From there, you can create any lists that you want (such as "Books I want to read") and add books that interest you.
MILS also allows you to keep track of your reading history. If you ever found yourself wondering, "Have I read this before?", the reading history feature is especially useful. To access it, click on "Return to Your Record" in the top right-hand side of the page. If you have requested items from other libraries, this page will let you know their current status. Using the options on the left-hand side of the page, you can also view and renew currently checked-out items, update your email address and notification preferences under "modify personal information", view your reading history (starting from the end of November when we joined MILS), and view any lists you've made.
Still having trouble navigating in MILS? Let us know! Stop by the circulation desk and we'll be happy to show you how the new system works.