Rockland Public Library
Hours: Welcome! The Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM, Wednesday & Friday 10 AM to 5 PM, and Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY! The Library and Friends of Rockland Public Library are overwhelmed by your kindness. Right now, the Friends are asking that you please save your book donations while they pause collecting more books in preparation for their October 22-23 Book Bag Sale at Rockland's Flanagan Center (AKA the Rec Center). We look forward to collecting your donated books for the Book Stop and future book sales again on November 1. Thanks for your support and understanding.
September is National Library Card Sign-up Month!
People who live in or own property in the city of Rockland are eligible for a "free" card, as Rockland property taxes support the operation of the library. Coast Guard personnel stationed in Rockland are eligible for a free card, with Coast Guard ID, and children as well as certified teachers in Knox County (through 12th grade) are also eligible for a free card. Nonresident fees are $45 for an annual individual or family card and $25 for a 3-month card. To obtain a card, please bring a Photo ID & proof of current physical address (utility bill, lease agreement, piece of mail delivered by the USPS). Rockland Library is a City department; two support groups--the Rockland Public Library Endowment Association, and Friends of Rockland Public Library—also continue to provide robust support of time, energy, and funds.
The Library is pleased to announce three new fee-based services: book covering (of paperback and softcover books), laminating documents (up to 8.5 x 11) and test proctoring (free for cardholders in k-12; fee-based for others).
If you haven’t been to the Library in a long while (or have never visited), come in and check out the beautifully renovated building and see what the library has to offer. Throughout the month of September current cardholders are invited to trade their old library cards in for a new card, complete with keychain card!
Masks are not required when in the building. It is still recommended for those who are unvaccinated and/or using the Children's room.
The interior redecorating is finished! Everything on the Main Floor is accessible. All areas of the collection are open, as well as the Reading Room and the Quiet Room. Children's storytimes are currently being held on the Library lawn (weather pending). The Tutoring Room is now available; please see staff for new policies regarding its use. The Board Room is now available for rent, there is a new fee structure listed here (note: the Community Room is not currently open for rentals as of yet).
Curbside service continues Monday-Friday, 10 am- 4:30 pm, Saturday, 10 am- 3:30 pm.
The Book Stop IS OPEN! The Book Stop is the used bookstore operated by the Friends of Rockland Public Library in the lower level of the building. It will be open Monday-Saturday, 10 AM to 1 PM.
Donations ARE being accepted here at the Library. Please limit your donations to 3 bags or boxes per day and please bring them in something you can leave behind. For more donations guidelines, click here.
Thank you for your patience and consideration.
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Regular library hours are Welcome! The Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM, Wednesday & Friday 10 AM to 5 PM, and Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM.. We are closed for all Federal & State holidays.
When the weather outside is frightful, the Library may be closed due to snow, ice, or other hazards, so please check our alerts & announcements for closures & delayed openings if unsure.
About Rockland Public Library
The Library serves the citizens of Rockland by providing the community with a comprehensive collection of materials and programs in a variety of formats, which engage, enlighten and educate; we organize the resources for ease of access, and offer guidance in their use; we support easy access to library collections throughout Maine and beyond. The Library staff responds to the changing requirements and requests of the public. We offer you a warm welcome to this safe, beautiful, and inspiring facility; its infrastructure supports the collections, programs, services, current and future technology, and it provides a meeting place for people and local organizations and entities. The Library is staffed with friendly, professional, knowledgeable people who are here to offer excellent service.
Call us at 207-594-0310, or visit Welcome! The Library hours are Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM, Wednesday & Friday 10 AM to 5 PM, and Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM.
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Rockland Public Library Additional Information & Statistics
The Rockland Public Library's mission is to foster community & connection, offer resources to inspire & encourage ideas, and provide the tools to explore our past, enrich our present, & empower our future.
The private value of any public service is defined as the value accruing directly to the participants of the service (Kalambokidis, 2004); public value is defined as the value of a public service to individuals who do not use the service, but who benefit indirectly as others use the service (Kalambokidis, 2004)
Libraries Encourage an Early Love of Reading, Leading to Greater Efficiency in Schools “Did you know that [Rockland Public] is a "Family Place Library," an initiative that helps libraries develop their full potential as community hubs for healthy child and family development, parent and community involvement, and lifelong learning beginning at birth? In addition to benefiting families with young children, this indirectly benefits all other local residents by making the community a more attractive place to live, which translates into better property values." Libraries Deliver Adult Educational Services, Benefiting Participants and Community "One of the most valuable but generally unnoticed services of our local library is the digital education programs for seniors. By helping seniors learn to use the Internet, the library fosters cultural awareness, self-sufficiency, and community investment in our older population. Indirectly this benefits all of us by helping to keep them in the community and contributing to its culture."
Libraries Build a Sense of Community, Encouraging Civic Engagement
"Our library is vital to our community as a public living room, where everyone—from natives to retirees 'from away'—is welcome, regardless of age, politics, or religion. While this directly benefits patrons, it also indirectly benefits the whole town because it makes the community a more attractive place, increasing home values."
Excerpted from The Journal of Extension April 2015 // Volume 53 // Number 2 // Feature // 2FEA1 (Note: Rockland Public Library was a participant in this study, in 2013/2014)