Inter-Library loan unavailable through summer

Dear Patrons, 

Due to protracted negotiations at the State level, Interlibrary loan is temporarily suspended.  We apologize for this unanticipated interruption.

Why is this happening?

Van Delivery is a service provided through collaboration of Maine libraries with the Maine State Library. The contract for the book delivery service is held by the Maine State Library and is subject to State Procurement Laws and procedures. This contract was required to go to through a competitive bidding process (Request for Proposal, or RFP) this year.

As a result of this RFP, contracting for book delivery is currently working its way through a legal appeals process. Because of this transition to a new vendor who won the competitive bid, and an appeal to overturn that decision by an unsuccessful bidder, there will be an interruption to book delivery between libraries at the end of the current contract which expires on June 30th.

We do not currently have firm dates for the length of this interruption, but we expect that there will be no delivery for at least six weeks this summer, starting on July 1. In order for libraries to have time to get all outstanding items back home, Minerva consortium has pre-emptively deactivated requesting from other libraries in the catalog, effective today, June 4.

You can still find and place holds on books owned by BHML using the online catalog.

For the nitty-gritty, visit: and click “Van Delivery.”

What are we going to do? 

In honor of BHML’s 100th birthday, we’re going to pretend it’s 1924! Or 1973! Waaaay back before ILL existed, when the in-house collection was all we had. 

We’ll keep the Internet though; during the stoppage we encourage you to suggest a purchase so we can do our best (within the budget) to keep everyone’s reading interests served.

We look forward to seeing how our collection suits your needs, and to hearing what titles you’d like to see in the stacks. New additions to our collection are currently listed on the website:; and over the summer we will create and share more reading lists featuring our collection.

Again, we apologize for this abrupt inconvenience and we thank you for your patience and understanding.


Joanna Breen

Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library Director

1973: Florence Chapman, Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library Director (1970-1985).
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