This message has been updated as of June 12.
The Gardiner Public Library is temporarily closed. This decision was made by the Gardiner City Council. We are sorry, but, at this point, we have no concrete idea when we will reopen. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as more information becomes available.
We will now be accepting the return of library items on Mondays and Thursdays, from noon until 5 pm. Return bins will be at the rear entrance of the building.
We are now providing window service at the designated window in the rear of the building. Beginning Monday, June 15th, the pick-up window will be open Monday through Friday from 11 am to 5 pm.
There will be several ways to request materials, but only items in the Gardiner Library’s collection will be available. At this time the statewide inter-library loan service is unavailable. You may call or email us with your requests for items – specifically or generally – or you can request via Minerva on our website. Click on the Library Catalog tab and then use the down arrow to the box that says ALL MINERVA LOCATIONS, and scroll to Gardiner Public Library.
The only items available will be Gardiner items. You will be able to request those items, but please remember, unless the status says AVAILABLE, you will have to reserve and wait for the item.
Our professional librarians will be available during normal business hours via email and telephone to help navigate our digital lending services and resources, and to provide answers to reference questions and readers’ advisory for all the eBooks you’ll be checking out!
We also encourage you to continue to use the Gardiner Public Library by:
•Downloading eBooks and audiobooks
•Streaming movies and TV shows
•Take advantage of Digital Maine Library resources with your Gardiner card
•Browse our website for helpful links, book lists, and resources
•Stay connected with us on Facebook. We will be posting on Facebook each day with helpful information, links, and conversations to keep you engaged and informed during this time.
Additionally, we also recommend the following resources free without a library card:
Scholastic’s Learn at Home website: classroommagazines.scholastic.com
Biblioboard: library.biblioboard.com, collections of e-books, classics from world literature, items from Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, articles, images, books, etc. spanning a wide range of topics.
It is important to remember that COVID-19 is not connected to race, ethnicity or nationality. Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to combat misinformation.
Find reliable and up-to-date information about the outbreak from the following vetted resources:
•Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention; key information from the State of Maine on COVID-19 updates, including preparation and response measures.
•Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; updates on the federal response to COVID-19, including travel advisories and national infection numbers.
•World Health Organization; information and guidance regarding the current outbreak of COVID-19, including daily situation reports with international infection numbers.
We look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon!
It is the objective of the library to assemble, preserve, and circulate books and related materials necessary to provide information, self-education, and recreation for the enlightenment, entertainment, intellectual, and cultural development of the community. The library recognizes its responsibility to identify community needs, to promote the use of library services for adult and children, and to serve the community as a center for reliable information in various formats.