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Bangor Public Library extends closure another week

December 22, 2015
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BANGOR Things don't always go as planned. Because of construction problems, the reopening of the Bangor Public Library has been set back a week. The Library will on reopen on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.

'This project has proven to be an interesting experience, for both the staff who continue to work among the noise, dust and chaos, as well as the construction crews who have overcome a number of delays.' says Barbara McDade, Library director. 'Because of the numerous issues encountered, we have decided to delay opening to the public by one week.'

The Library staff continues retagging and barcoding the more than 500,000 volume collection. Through a grant by the Next Generation Foundation, the Library is investing in RFID (radio frequency identification) technology. Everything in the collection will be retagged with an RFID tag linked to the library's catalog. This will allow faster check outs and the addition of self-check units throughout the building. RFID will increase the library's efficiency and security. Patrons will be able to check out a stack of books at one time or for those who prefer, use the self-check-out stations.

The Library's online branch is still available 24/7 through the library's website, www.bangorpubliclibrary.org. Patrons can read over 70 magazines via Flipster, download audio books or eBooks or browse the Bangor Community Digital Commons. The Digital Commons aims to preserve and provide access to historic content such as World War I and II posters, regimental histories, Bangor's Book of Honor, Bangor police and fire department histories, high school yearbooks and so much more. Patrons also have access to the online databases and use of Heritage Quest, an online genealogy database.

Inter-library loan cannot resume until the Library reopens. Patrons may continue to request books from other libraries through the URSUS catalog to be picked up at the Fogler Library (University of Maine campus) or at the Nottage Library (University of Maine at Augusta-Bangor campus).

Thanks to neighboring libraries, Bangor Public Library cardholders will be able to check out books using their BPL card at the Fogler Library, the Edith Dyer Community Library (Hampden), the Maine State Library (Augusta), Nottage Library (University of Maine Augusta Bangor Campus), the Old Town Public Library and the Orono Public Library.

For more information on the Library's renovation, programming and services, visit www.bangorpubliclibrary.org.

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