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.
MASKS ARE NOW RECOMMENDED WHILE IN THE LIBRARY. Those NOT VACCINATED are REQUIRED to wear a mask.
Be Kind to Animals with Rockland Public Library!
As part of the Kindness Counts Initiative, we are extending "Be Kind to Animals Week" (May 1-7) to last throughout the month of May with various activities.
Starting now, the public is invited to send librarian Patty King photos of their pets, favorite animals, or animal art, which will be added to the "Our Awesome Animals" display by the checkout desk, at the White St. entrance of the Library. These can be emailed to King at firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off at the Library. Prints and photocopies are accepted; please do not send original artwork, as these items will not be returned.
During the week of May 9th, all of Miss Katie’s Storytimes will be pet themed. Tuesday at 10:30 is Rockin’ Storytime, Wednesday Read Aloud is Wednesday at 10:30, and Babytime is Thursday at 10:30.
All month long, the Library will accept and collect donations for the Humane Society’s Wish List. Currently the most needed items are wet and dry kitten food and cleaning supplies. The entire list can be found HERE
BOOK STOP is OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
The Friends of Rockland Library volunteers run The Book Stop, a wonderful used bookstore located on the lower level of the library building. The Book Stop sells gently used books in all genres, as well as DVD’s and CD’s, all at bargain prices. It is open year-round, Monday through Saturday, 10am to 1pm. Donations of nice quality items for re-sale are gratefully accepted, please contact a Library staff memeber for donation guidelines. All proceeds benefit the library.
We are pleased to share that patrons now have access to the Library's subscription to Booklist Reader. Booklist Reader is a digital magazine, featuring diverse readers' advisory recommendations, for readers and listeners of all ages. Filled with high-interest, themed lists that showcase books people can read and check out now. Booklist Reader is an exclusive service for library subscribers and their patrons. (That's You!) This link will live in the Digital Resources part of this website, under Find Something New to Read.
Do you love comic books and graphic novels? Rockland Library cardholders now have FREE access to online titles through the ComicsPlus app. Follow the link HERE for instructions on downloading the app, reading direct from the website, and using your library card to log in. TONS of titles are available, including new and popular works for both adults and kids.
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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)