CAML: the Consortium of Apollo Maine Libraries 🐪
CAML connects libraries from across Maine, so that borrowers can access a wider variety of materials. Items are sent on the statewide library van delivery system.
This means you can now request items from the other CAML libraries, or borrow books when you visit them in person!
How It Works
Place a reserve on the item you want in the catalog. Library staff are happy to help!
(Detailed instructions coming soon!)
The library will contact you when your item has arrived.
Go pick up your item!
You can have your item for 2 weeks, and can renew once as long as no one is waiting for it.
Return your item to your home library when you're done.
Carver Memorial Library
Farmington Public Library
Porter Memorial Library (Machias)
Waterboro Public Library
Hollis Center Public Library (no van delivery; in-person borrowing only)
How is it different from interlibrary loan?
For items available through CAML, you can place your own requests through the catalog and they will come directly to your library. If you want to pick the item up at another library, ask staff to reserve it for you.
For items not owned by a CAML library, you can request them through library staff, just as before.
Why a camel?
Librarians have long been delivering books to remote areas and across long distances, including by camel! Librarians from Mongolia to Kenya and beyond use camels to reach readers.
Apollo is the library software that our libraries use. Since we all use the same system, we can work together.
Consortium Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding
Overview for libraries from Biblionix