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. The mission statement of the Strategic Plan, adopted in 2011, reads:
The Bridgton Public Library is committed to serve the community as its information center. Efforts will be directed to provide access to educational, informational and recreational materials in a friendly atmosphere. The library will be responsive to the changing needs of the community and aware of evolving technologies available to fulfill its role as a service oriented dynamic library.
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.
The Bridgton Public Library has several computers and a color print/copy/fax & scan available for public use. A fee is charged for printing: $.10/b&w ($.15/double-sided), $.25/color ($.35/double-sided), and faxing (please call for more information). A high speed broadband 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 when the library is closed. Look for Bridgton Library; no password is required.
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.
If you can’t come to the library in person, we can arrange a Books-On-Wheels visit. Volunteers from the Friends of the Bridgton Public Library will deliver library materials to you, and pick them up when you are done. Call the library to arrange for this service.
Programs & Events
The Bridgton Public Library is committed to a healthy schedule of 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 , Maine State Museum and the Maine Wildlife Park. We also have a limited number of Lakes Region Bus passes.
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