McArthur Public Library

270 Main St - Biddeford, Maine - 207 284 4181


 Borrowing Services
  • We lend books, magazines, graphic novels, audiobooks and music on CDs, DVDs and Blu-Ray, video games and Large Print books.
  • We also lend items from our recreation collection, including fishing poles, snow shoes, lawn games, a telescope, binoculars, Wi-Fi hotspots and more.
  • Interlibrary loan - if we don't have it, we'll find it for you.
  • Reserve service for titles that are checked out.
  • E-book and e-audiobook lending to your tablet, mobile phone, tablet-based e-reader or computer with Cloud Library and digital book, audiobook, comic, music, movie and TV shows streaming to your tablet, phone, computer or smart TV with Hoopla.
  • 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.

Meeting Room Use

Notary Public

  • Notary services are available on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday between the hours of 10:00-4:00, and on Tuesdays from 1:00-5:00. Drop-ins are welcome during these hours. To ensure notary availability and receive the fasted service, email or call (207) 571-7210 to schedule an appointment.

Other Community Services

Museum passes to the Children's Museum of Maine, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Maine Wildlife Park.

  • 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. The Wifi network is McArthur Public and it can be accessed from the yard outside the building, as well.
  • 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 people who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
  • BookShare outreach to day cares and preschools.
  • Delivery for people who are 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

Portland Public Library logo

  • 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 207-571-7205 to reserve a pass-- we can issue only one pass per park/museum per day.