The Mechanics’ Hall Library is now welcoming members back to the library.

Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 10am-4:30pm

Visiting Guidelines

To keep our members and staff safe, all visitors to the library must observe the following guidelines.

  • Only Mechanics’ Hall members will be allowed in the building.
  • If you feel unwell, are experiencing any cold-like symptoms, or have been exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days, you must stay home.
  • We are following CDC recommendations regarding masking. Please check with us for the most current masking requirements.
  • The number of people in the building is limited in accordance with state and local guidelines as well as the practical limitations of our space.
  • We are still offering our library pickup service.


Thank you so much for your support and patience! Please note all this information is subject to change as we work to keep our community safe.

Visiting FAQ

How does this work?

On entering the library, please sign in at the circulation desk; a staff member will welcome you and answer any questions you have. When you are ready to leave, please sign out at the circulation desk.

Can I sit and read or study?

Starting May 18th, yes! 

What materials will be available for browsing and borrowing?

All of our lending collection is available for browsing and borrowing, including our new arrivals, fiction, nonfiction, Maine collection, and maker books.

Can I return items?

Yes! You can either drop them off on the return table outside the library when we’re closed, or give them to a staff member if you’re visiting the library during open hours.

What safety measures are in place?

We are take the safety of everyone in the building and our community very seriously. Masking is required for the duration of your visit to the Hall. Fans will be helping to circulate the air and windows will be open, weather permitting. Current state and local occupancy restrictions will be enforced as well as practical restrictions due to the nature of the space. We are also still offering our library pickup service.

I’m not a member yet or my membership has elapsed. How do I become a member?

Click here to sign up. Membership starts at just $50 for an individual and is free for students.

I still have questions!

We’re happy to help! Please email for assistance.

Library History

The Mechanics’ Hall library is one of the few membership libraries left in the country. Mechanics’ Hall members have access to our library as well as 18 other membership libraries throughout the country. Find more information about this small group of organizations here. The Mechanics’ Hall library has been an integral part of the organization’s mission since it was formed in 1815. In an age when public education and university-level training in the United States were inadequate to the needs of a burgeoning industrialized society, the library was a setting where apprentices learned to read and write—knowledge that greatly enhanced the skills they were acquiring under the guidance of master craftsmen. We are currently revamping the library’s spaces, collection and policies to better suit the modern mission of Mechanics’ Hall.

To get involved with these exciting changes or donate books related to the skilled trades, please contact

Current Library Hours

*See below for regular hours. Parenthesis indicate current changes due to Covid-19 precautions.


  • Tuesday thru Thursday 10:00am – 4:30pm
  • First Friday 5:00pm – 8:00pm (not currently open)
  • Saturday 10:00am – 1:00pm (not currently open)

Our Collection

Our library has an engaging collection of popular fiction and nonfiction, as well as specialized collections on Maine, fiction by Maine authors, craft and DIY, and much more. We are currently working on making our collection available online for browsing and request; in the meantime, please contact us with any requests or questions you have.

Search our catalog here.

Volunteer at the Library

Do you love libraries? Are you detail-oriented and comfortable with computers? Join us- we are always looking to expand our library volunteer team! Whether you want to come in once for an afternoon or want to come in once a week on an ongoing basis, we can work with your availability and skills to make volunteering work for you. Click here to learn more and we’ll get back to you soon!


Julie Olson

Feel free to reach out to Jules with any questions about the library.

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