Welcome to Mechanics’ Hall

In 1815, the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association was the fellowship for Portland’s creative community: the blacksmiths, coopers, carpenters, and more.  Between 1857 and 1859, they built Mechanics’ Hall to house their library and become a communal gathering space. Today’s Mechanics’ Hall connects to that rich history by inspiring and enriching the community while promoting ingenuity, creativity, innovation and the diffusion of useful knowledge.

We are the modern mechanics. Join us. 

Now open for library pick-up service!

Exciting news for all of you book lovers: we’ve opened the library for “curbside” service! Now you can pick up new titles and return old ones Tuesday through Thursday. Please click button below for more details.

Hours and Instructions

Read with us this summer!

Mechanics’ Hall is a Read ME participating library – a statewide program organized by Maine Humanities Council.

We have multiple copies of The Vigilance of Stars by Patricia O’Donnell and Roughhouse Friday by Jaed Coffin

Titles are recommended by Lily King, author of Writers & Lovers, Euphoria, Father of the Rain.

Here’s how:

Call ahead to reserve your copy during our library pick-up hours (Tues & Thu 10-3; Wed 10-5:45) or email us at library@mainemechanics.org. You must be a member to check-out books but anyone can join right here.

More Read ME program details such as author chats and book discussions to come!!

Read ME Info
Pick-up service

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Join as a member or donate to support our library, year-round programming and help restore our historic building.

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