McArthur Public Library

270 Main St - Biddeford, Maine - 207 284 4181

Online Resources

Some of these require you to login using your library card.


Digital Maine Library

DIGITAL MAINE LIBRARY: No matter where you are in Maine, you're always at the library! You'll find thousands of magazines, newspapers, and reference books available through this expansive online resource available to everyone in Maine!




MAINE MEMORY NETWORK: A statewide digital museum that provides unprecedented access to over 45,000 historical items from over 270 museums, historical societies, libraries, and other organizations from every corner of Maine. Many of the historical photographs from McArthur Library's own collection can be seen as part of this virtual museum.



BIDDEFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Biddeford Historical Society's collections can now be viewed online at BHS Online Collection.  An appointment must be made with BHS in order to view items, which cannot be removed from the premisses. Our collection is stored at McArthur Library.


Cloud Library


CLOUD LIBRARY: The Maine State Library's e-audio book and ebook borrowing program - you can use your McArthur card to check out digital books and audio books for your computer, tablet, mobile phone or tablet-based e-reader!* You can check out three items at a time.


Hoopla digital downloads


HOOPLA: McArthur Library card holders can check out digital books, audio books, comics, TV shows, movies and music to enjoy on a computer, tablet, smart TV, mobile phone or e-reader.* You can check out four items per calendar month.


Comics Plus Library Pass


COMICS PLUS/LIBRARY PASS: The Maine State Library's digital comics borrowing program - you can use your McArthur card to check out digital comics for your computer, tablet or tablet-based e-reader. Look for the Library Pass app from your usual app source after setting up an account as explained here.


McArthur Archives


McARTHUR LIBRARY ARCHIVES & SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: A Source for Biddeford (Maine) Local History and Genealogy Research Materials.


Digital Literacy Commons


DIGITAL LEARNING COMMONS: The Maine State Library's Digital Learning Commons offers resources and information on employment, health, e-government, business, legal assistance, digital literacy, classes, education and study guides.


HeritageQuest OnLine


HeritageQuest OnLine: HeritageQuest Online is designed for genealogy and family history research. It includes over 25,000 books, the entire US Census, and other expanding collections, making it one of the largest collections of genealogy material in the country.  Note that if you are using this service from outside of McArthur Library, you will be prompted to enter your library card number for access.


Reference Solutions Database


REFERENCE SOLUTIONS(FORMERLY REFERENCE USA) Reference Solutions is a powerful online reference and research tool providing library cardholders instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on U.S. businesses (59 million) and U.S. residents (310 million). Reference Solutions makes it faster and easier to find new business opportunities, research executives and companies, find news articles, conduct job searches, research papers, locate addresses and phone numbers, conduct market research and much more.

*Additional Cloud Library content and provision of Hoopla's streaming service made possible by funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 as administered by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Maine State Library (IMLS grant number CFDA 45.310).


Digital Sanborn Maps


DIGITAL SANBORN MAPS: A historical collection of fire insurance maps of Maine's towns and cities from 1867-1970. This database can only be used in the library.