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. Our collection of literature related to the skilled trades is quickly growing thanks to recent donations from Ocean Navigator Publications and Barba+Wheelock architects. We have new subscriptions to three Maine maker periodicals: Taproot, Making, and Mortise & Tenon.
To get involved with these exciting changes or donate books related to the skilled trades, please contact email@example.com
Our library has over 30,000 volumes addressing the arts, trades, and humanities as well as specialized collections on Maine and an enviably large fiction collection. Our collection is organized under the Dewey Decimal system for easy browsing. Find a portion of our catalog on Library Thing.
*See below for regular hours. Parenthesis indicate current changes due to Covid-19 precautions.
We currently have an ongoing First Friday partnership series with Print: A Bookstore. Every month, a new author is invited to the Mechanics’ Hall library during Art Walk to discuss their work, often in conversation with another author.
Discussions typically take place from 7-8pm.
We post scheduled author chats here and on our events blog.
We also send information in our monthly e-blasts.
The Mechanics’ Book Club meets 12pm-1pm on the first Tuesday of every month in the library. Find us on Facebook. Typically, you would bring your lunch while sweets and tea are provided. But at the moment, book club is meeting virtually. Find our program calendar here or register through the links after each book below.
Upcoming Book Club Schedule:
Nov 3: As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner.
Email us to RSVP.
Dec 1: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
Email us to RSVP.