The Scarborough Public Library is a PAL (Partner Agency Library) of the Portland Public Library which serves as the Area Reference & Resource Center for the Southern Maine Library District. Residents of Cumberland and York Counties and parts of Oxford County are entitled to a free library card there. PPL offers many digital resources that can be accessed from home with a PPL card including Consumer Reports and Hoopla, a media streaming service. You can sign up for a PPL card at the Scarborough Public Library.
The Maine State Library (MSL) offers a circulating and reference collection with a special focus on Maine topics and works by Maine authors. MSL also provides access to Maine state documents, genealogical records, and outreach services for the blind and disabled.
In addition to the MARVEL! Databases which can be accessed by anyone using a computer in Maine, MSL offers databases that can be used from home but require logging in with a MSL library card. Free MSL cards can be requested online by Maine residents for database use and/or borrowing privileges.
Garbrecht Library at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland is open to the public and borrowing cards are free of charge.
The Law and Legislative Library in Augusta is open to the public and provides legal and government information services.
Maine Health’s Learning Resource Center at Maine Medical Center’s Scarborough Campus provides information to patients and families on a variety of health topics.
The University of Southern Maine’s Glickman and Osher Map Libraries in Portland and its Gorham Library are open to the public.
The Maine Historical Society is comprised of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, Longfellow Garden, the Museum and Store, the Research Library and The Maine Memory Network.
The Maine Historical Society’s Maine Memory Network includes thousands of images of objects, photographs, and documents from over 260 partner organizations. The site host’s Scarborough: They Called it Owascoag a Maine Community Heritage Project created by a partnership of the Scarborough Public Library, the Scarborough Historical Society, and Scarborough Middle School.
Founded in 1961 the Scarborough Historical Society’s mission is to collect, preserve and exhibit items of historical significance to Scarborough. The Society partnered with the Scarborough Public Library and Scarborough Middle School to create Scarborough: They Called it Owascoag a Maine Community Heritage Project hosted by the Maine Memory Network.