The Ellsworth Public Library will join Minerva, the statewide library consortium, on October 14th. This shift will give library patrons access to a shared catalog of over 60 libraries throughout the state. Library patrons may request their own materials from other libraries directly through the online catalog for delivery to the Ellsworth Public Library. The consortium includes many public and some academic libraries, providing a broad array of books, audiobooks, DVDs, and other resources.

To prepare for the switch, the library will be closed for training October 7th and 8th in the morning, and all day on Tuesday October 13th. Library staff will hold item requests from other libraries beginning October 1st until the launch of the new system.

The switch to the new system provides a cost-effective way to give Ellsworth Library patrons access to many more materials than what is locally available. “Our patrons will now have easy access to over 6 million items statewide versus 47,000 items in our local collection,” said Library Director Amy Wisehart. “And the new system is cost equivalent, so it’s an excellent value for our taxpayers. We are very excited to make the transition.”

For more information about the new consortium, contact the library at 667-6363 or visit the library website at www.ellsworthlibrary.net.