Gardiner Public Library will be closed on Monday, October 2, 2017.

Support the Gardiner Public Library

The Gardiner Library Association

The Gardiner Library Association, formed in 1881, owns the building and the land, makes capital improvements, buys new equipment, and seeks to improve library services.

More than half the new materials the library buys each year are purchased with interest income from the Association trust funds. The Association welcomes memorial and endowment donations to ensure future library services and the preservation of the building.

A perpetual memorial fund can be established for donations or endowments of over $1000. Materials purchased with interest from the fund will then have a specially designed book-plate affixed, bearing the name supplied by the donor.

The Gardiner Library Association constantly makes improvements to this gorgeous building.  Over the past few years we have completed phases 1 and 2 of our interior restoration plans.  We have restored our Children’s Room by removing a dropped ceiling and the rug.  We have renovated the stained-glass window and we have installed central air-conditioning and heating.  Last year we renovated the main floor, bringing it back to the original luster.  The floors have been sanded, the dropped ceiling removed and beautiful lighting installed.

The final phase of our interior space renovations is the rehabilitation of our Community Archives Room.  The Gardiner Public Library maintains a special collection of the history of the Lower Kennebec Valley.  This collection is stored in our Community Archives Room and contains many rare and wonderful items from Gardiner’s history.  This year we hope to install central air-conditioning and heat as well as mitigate some of the moisture from the room.

Please consider making a donation to our local history.  This room is used by researchers from around the country interested in our unique and fascinating local history.  The collection contains rare photographs, unpublished manuscripts, old school yearbooks and much more.

The association is a non-profit 501©3 organization and your donations may be tax deductible. Thank you for your support of the Gardiner Library Association!

There are many ways to help your local library. One of the ways you can help the Gardiner Public Library is by taking part in one of the Library Association Committees:

  • Book Sales
  • Building & Grounds
  • Exhibits
  • Finance
  • Peg Shaw Garden
  • Programs
  • Special Collections
  • Telephone/Mailing

See our Library Events page for more information.




Donate to Gardiner Public Library

Endowments

More than half the new materials the library buys each year are purchased with interest income from the Association trust funds. The Association welcomes memorial and endowment donations to ensure future library services and the preservation of the building.

A perpetual memorial fund can be established for donations or endowments of over $1000. Materials purchased with interest from the fund will then have a specially designed book-plate affixed, bearing the name supplied by the donor.

Renovations

Support the Gardiner Public Library, Gardiner, Maine.The Gardiner Library Association asks your financial help in repairing and restoring the wonderful historic building for another century of service to the community. The Gardiner Library Association is a non-profit agency that owns and maintains the historic Gardiner Public Library building.  The 130-year-old structure continues to be one of the busiest libraries in Maine and serves the towns of Litchfield, Pittston, Randolph, West Gardiner as well as the City of Gardiner. The Association is undertaking the renovations as a pay as we go, multi-year plan.

The first year’s work included a new support column for the front wall in the main building, and new connecting plates for the roof trusses in the Burress Moore III Children’s Room. The renovations to the Hazzard Reading Room are complete.  The beauty of the room is evident with the suspended ceiling panels removed and the beams exposed. The room has been returned to original condition with addition of appropriate lighting, fans, painting, and the Maine Seal, long hidden by ceiling tiles, wonderfully reconditioned.  The foundations of the Hazzard Room and the Robinson Reference Wing were stabilized to stop further shifting.  Window repairs have been completed and we have redone the roof.

Support the Gardiner Public Library, Gardiner, Maine.The Gardiner Library Association is pleased to announce that we are a recipient of a grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundaton.  The $60,000 award went to the Children’s Room restoration project that included replacing and insulating the roof, removing the dropped ceiling, wall repair, and restoring the exquisite stained glass window.

We have much to accomplish!  Any donations made to the Gardiner Library Association are tax deductible and certainly welcomed!

The Association will continue incremental upgrades of computer equipment and software, maintaining the library’s state of the art technology for our patrons. The Association will continue normal maintenance, including painting and minor repairs, and funding of books and other materials.