McArthur Public Library

270 Main St - Biddeford, Maine - 207 284 4181


 Borrowing Services
  • We lend books, magazines, audiobooks and music on CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays, book-and-CD, video games and Large Print books.
  • Interlibrary loan - if we don't have it, we'll find it for you.
  • Reserve service for titles that are checked out.
  • Maine State Library offers a federally-funded Talking Books program, which provides recorded books and special players free to persons who are blind, visually impaired, physically handicapped or who have a doctor-certified reading disability.  Click here for more information on the program.

Reference Services

  • Telephone, email and in-house answers to questions of all sorts.
  • Online subscription resources and Internet access
  • Reader's advisory service - if you're not quite sure what you want to read.
  • Online Minerva catalog with access to MaineCat - a listing of our collection and the holdings of other Maine libraries.
  • Newspaper index of the Journal-Tribune and the Biddeford-Saco-OOB Courier.
  • Genealogy resources, including census information, obituaries, and birth & marriage indices.
  • Local newspapers on microfilm.

Other Community Services

  • Use of Community Room and Small Group Meeting Room for meetings and workshops - email to request bookings or ask for more information - refer to our Meeting Room policy on our Policies page for additional information.
  • Museum passes to the Children's Museum of Maine and the Portland Museum of Art.
  • Public computers with Internet access, Microsoft Office programs, and games. By using our computer or Internet resources, users agree to abide by our Internet Safety Policy. Please review our Policies page for more information.
  • Building-wide wireless Internet access.
  • Art exhibits.
  • Limited IRS tax form distribution. The federal IRS sends out a supply of the 1040 form and instructions to us, typically in early Februrary, but we can also help find and print other federal and state forms and schedules from the IRS and MRS websites at the adult services desk. Click here for more information about obtaining tax forms.
  • In-library use of a Sorenson Video Phone for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
  • BookShare outreach to day cares and preschools.
  • Delivery for the homebound.
  • Historic photograph and documents collections.
  • Office space for the Biddeford Historical Society and the Franco-American Genealogical Society of York County.

Portland Public Library Cards

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  • Residents of York and Cumberland Counties may bring photo ID and proof of address to us and we will give you a Portland Public Library card. This will enable you to borrow materials from the state's largest public library and to take advantage of their many Internet-based services, including downloadable audiobooks and ebooks from Netlibrary and genealogical and business resources, among others. For a full description of these services, visit their website.


Check out our museum passes and our pass to the Maine Wildlife Park!

McArthur Library cardholders can take advantage of free or discounted passes available through the Children's Room to the following:


Please call the Children's Room at 284-4181 to reserve a pass-- we can issue only one pass per park/museum per day.