Wiscasset Public Library’s mission is to build literacy and provide up-to-date materials and quality services utilizing a wide range of media, sources, and technology to meet the needs of the citizens of Wiscasset and its neighboring communities. The library strives to fill the community’s educational needs, to assist in developing the public’s ability to find and use information, and to stay attuned to the interests of the community in order to improve and expand its services and programs. The library provides a home for genealogical and archival items to preserve local history for posterity. The library supports each individual’s freedom to read, learn, and discover in a welcoming and stimulating environment. The library trustees and staff are committed to fostering the enjoyment of reading, lifelong learning, intellectual freedom, and a sense of community.
The library book discussion group continues to meet on the second Wednesday afternoon of each month at 3:00 pm. We would like for anyone interested in joining the group, to come to any meeting. Story Time for infants and preschoolers is held in the Children’s Room on Thursday mornings from 10:30 – 11:00. Stories, songs and playtime are enjoyed by all.
Built in 1803. The second brick structure in Wiscasset. Originally it was built to house the Lincoln & Kennebec Bank, and later the Wiscasset Bank and Mariner’s Bank. The county offices were located there until the Lincoln County Courthouse was built in 1824. The bank vault was sited, underwater, in a deep well for protection.
Originally a two- story building with a mansard roof, it was an example of how commercial buildings were then built as houses. Later, it was used as a residence for many years.
In 1903, Andrew Carnegie came to this country as a passenger on the Wiscasset, a ship owned by Captain Johnston. He offered $4,000 to the town to erect a new library, but the Town couldn’t afford the money for its upkeep so the offer was not accepted. In 1929, it was purchased by a committee of donors for use as a library. Frances Sortwell along with others founded the present library.
Pamela Dunning, Director / Technical Coordinator
Jean Shippee, Children's Librarian
Karen Delano, Youth Services Librarian
Gwen Lemont, Assistant Librarian
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