For Library Patrons

Maine Balsam Libraries Catalog 

Our Catalog for Kids (Thompson Free Library)        


Using the Balsam Catalog

OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) Directions for using.

1. Start with your library web page and choose the catalog option.

    Or go to: and chose the catalog tab.

2. Search the catalog by typing something in the search box.

     Notice options that appear as you type – you may choose any one.

3. Use type, format, and library choices by clicking on the little arrow after each choice.

4. The library choice may be your library – see your local library if you  want that option.

5. Click on the search button.

6. See the list of materials.

7. Notice the “sort by relevance” – you can choose to sort by title, author or publication date.

8. Click on one item in the list, it will open a new window to show you the item status.

For a more in depth explanation of the Evergreen system, see:


Patron accounts from your local library

Your patron account information from your library has your user name and a beginner password.

If you are using a public computer, please Log out after you are done in your account.



Log in to your account on the catalog page: either chosen from your library’s web page,

or at:

One of the 6 tabs in the center of the page is “Account Preferences”, chose this tab to change your password or your email address. If you do not have your beginner password, see your library.

Enter your beginner password that your librarian gave you. Enter your new password. It must be 7 characters long, have at least one letter and one number. The library does not know your password.

If you forget it, you library can issue you a new beginner password.


Things to do with your new library account:

  1. See what you have checked out
  2. Renew online
  3. See if you have any fines (if your library charges fines)
  4. Place a hold on an item.
  5. Find out if a hold is ready.
  6. Keep lists of favorite books, what you have already read, or what you want to read.

Directions for 1-6 things to do in your patron account.  

 1. To see your checkouts: Log in. Choose the first tab “Account Summary”. Choose “View all”.

2. Renewing online, even if item is overdue. Check your library for number of times renewable. Use your “Account summary”, go to “Items currently checked out”, “View all”, “Select title”,  “Renew selected titles”, “Go”,  “OK”. If you see “copy needed to fulfill a hold, please return item to library, someone else wants it!

3. Do I have any fines? In “My account summary”, bottom of page lists books with fines.

4. Place a hold. In your account, use the catalog to find an item. On right side of screen choose “Place hold”. Choose email or phone notice, pickup library. “Submit.”

5. Find out if a hold is ready. In “My account summary”, choose “Holds” tab.

6. To keep lists of what you have checked out.

     a. Create a new list with My List, Naming the list, and Submit

     b. Add a book you have checked out: go to Item checked out, click on

          title, on right side of screen see Add to my list, choose list.


More details, with images of the web pages:

If you are using a public computer, please LOG OUT after you are done in your account.

Useful Links for Patrons