Rockland Public Library
Hours: Welcome back! The Library is now open; see below for details. The hours at present are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 AM to 5 PM, Tuesday & Thursday 10 AM to 5:30 PM, and Saturday 10 AM to 1 PM.
We have lifted the time and capacity requirements! Visitors to the Library will no longer have to limit their stay to 30 minutes a day, and staff are looking forward to welcoming everyone back. Please note that MASKS ARE STILL REQUIRED WHILE YOU ARE IN THE BUILDING. We are happy to continue to offer curbside service upon request. We can also accept item returns to the inside as well outside bookdrops.
We are very excited to share the news that the main level of the Library interior is being re-painted and the carpeting replaced. This means that areas of the collection will be unavailable for borrowing and some public PCs will be inaccessible, for a week or so each, as the painters move through the building. However, the interlibrary loan service will still be available, so patrons can use the Minerva or MaineCat system to request items which may be temporarily unavailable in Rockland.
So that you can plan your borrowing in advance of this, there is a rough schedule of the order in which the areas will be painted, and the approximate time each area is expected to take. Please realize that this is subject to change, and that library staff will keep you updated as best we can.
Painting: The Adult non-fiction (includes original building lobby area and Quiet Room)—is starting Monday, May 24, and may take up to one & one-half weeks, followed by the Reference Area, aka the Middle Room, one & one-half weeks. Next up is the foyer and the front lobby, where the new adult books and the Express PCs live.
After that, the corridor with adult DVDs and the Adult Fiction and Young Adult room will be painted. The Children’s section is the final piece, with the entrance portion taking about a week; the inner portion is expected to take two weeks to complete.
Carpeting: The plan is for the carpet replacement (supply chain dependent) to follow the above schedule, carpeting each area just after it is painted. The staff recognize that this project will cause some temporary inconvenience, and asks for your patience while the Library is freshened up for your use and enjoyment.
Curbside service continues Monday-Friday, 10 am- 4:30 pm, Saturday, 10 am- 12:30 pm.
Lower level is still closed. In lieu of in-person programming, all of our Thursday evening planned programs are live via Zoom, which are then uploaded to our YouTube Channel and shared via Facebook. All Children's storytimes will continue on YouTube for the time being. Click the social media icons below to see it all!
Donations are being accepted by the Friends of Rockland Library OFF SITE only. Please email the Friends at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any items to donate.
Thank you for your patience and consideration.
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Regular library hours are Welcome back! The Library is now open; see below for details. The hours at present are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 AM to 5 PM, Tuesday & Thursday 10 AM to 5:30 PM, and Saturday 10 AM to 1 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 back! The Library is now open; see below for details. The hours at present are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 AM to 5 PM, Tuesday & Thursday 10 AM to 5:30 PM, and Saturday 10 AM to 1 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)