History and Mission
The Bridgton Public Library first opened in 1895, and moved to its present location in 1913, with an addition completed in 1994. Our mission, most recently reviewed and approved in 2016, has been modified over time to reflect the community we serve and resources available:
The Bridgton Public Library’s primary purpose is to serve the community as its information and cultural enrichment center. It endeavors to provide access to educational, informational, and recreational resources in a friendly, safe atmosphere, and to be responsive to the changing needs of the community.
The library is home to far more than just books, though our print collection numbers over 25,000 volumes. We also offer over 2,500 audiovisual materials, and more than 60 magazines and newspapers. The Children’s Room has over 9,000 materials in all formats for a wide range of ages and interests. In addition through our participation in Maine InfoNet, we provide access to a large collection downloadable audiobooks and ebooks, online research databeses, and online catalogs of other Maine libraries.
The Bridgton Public Library offers public access computers, wireless Internet connection, and a public copy/printer/fax/scanner machine. A high speed connection to the Internet makes web surfing and email checking a breeze.
Wireless internet access is always available and can be accessed on the Courtyard and in the parking lot 24 hrs/7 days, even when the library is closed.
The library’s catalog is available from any public access computer in the Library and on the home page of this website. It can also be access from home at koha.bridgton.lib.me.us.
The library staff is happy to help you locate whatever information you need. If we do not have the materials you are looking for, we can borrow items from other libraries across the US via Interlibrary Loan. Electronic databases of magazine articles are also available through MARVEL! subscription databases.
Finding great books to read is another important part of library service. Let us know what you like to read, listen to, or watch, and the staff can make recommendations based on your tastes and interests. You can also find reading suggestions via the links on the All About Books menu at the top of the page.
Programs & Events
The Bridgton Public Library is committed to provide programs and events for all ages and members of the community. Check our Calendar for the latest schedule of happenings, including weekly children’s events.
Through the generosity of the Friends of the Bridgton Public Library, we can offer library cardholders passes to the Portland Museum of Art, Children’s Museum of Maine , and the Maine Wildlife Park. We have just received a Maine State Park Pass as a pilot library from the Friends of the Maine State Parks. All passes are available for checkout at the Main Circulation Desk.
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