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A group of Rockport volunteers have formed Rockport Library Foundation, a 501.(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to raise the private funds that will complement the town-bonded funds to construct the new library. To learn more about the plans and how you can help, click here.

 


UPCOMING EVENTS CANCELLED 
Until further notice, all library events have been cancelled.




Welcome to the Rockport Public Library
A small town library where everyone is greeted with a smile. Serving as your community-centered library for 100 years and counting! Explore our Future Planning process to learn how we'll move into the next century together.

Mission Statement:
Rockport Public Library is committed to providing the best possible free library service to all of the residents of the Town of Rockport. The library will identify and respond to the needs of our community of library users and seek to provide services that will meet these needs.
 
News!
Your new Rockport Public Library will open on Thursday, December 17th at 9am!!!

We can’t wait to welcome you into the building and show you around your new library. I want to thank all the members of our community who worked so hard to make this day a reality. We could not have done this without you.

To prepare for the upcoming opening we will unlock our book drop on Monday, December 14th at 9am. The book drop is built into the building on the left side of the main entrance on Limerock Street.

We are still operating under our pandemic restrictions. We can only let 10 patrons in the building at a time. We know you all want to see the new library so we ask that you try to keep your visit to 30 minutes or less to allow everyone an opportunity to come inside.

Masks are required for entering the building.

We also won’t be allowing anyone to use the lower level of the library. This is the space we will use to quarantine returned books. We know you all want to see the whole library and we will have another grand opening of the lower level as soon as it is safe to do so.

I want to send a special thank you to the Camden Public Library for opening its doors to Rockport residents while we were closed. The last day you can use your Rockport Card at the Camden Public Library will be December 19th.


The Rockport Public Library Hours
Monday – Friday 9 to 5:30
Wednesday - 11 to 8:00
Saturdays – returning soon in 2021!




If you would like to return your interlibrary loan items, the Camden Public Library has kindly offered their services to all Rockport Public Library card holders while we are closed. You can check out items as well with your Rockpot Library card. Check with the Camden Public Library for their hours of service. Otherwise, you can hold onto your items and return them when we reopen. You will not be charged any overdue fines when you return your books.

 
Pandemic Rules

 While the library will be open there are many new rules and restrictions which are intended to maximize safety for both the patrons and staff.

Patron Limit:

Based on the size of the building we can only have 10 patrons in the library at one time. Every person counts toward this limit, regardless of age. If one family member can come into the build to pick items for everyone we urge you do so.

Time Limit:

Since we can have so few patrons in the building at one time we have put a time limit on visits. We ask that you keep your visit to the library to 30 minutes or less.

Masks:

For the safety of the staff and other patrons we are requiring that anyone that comes into the building wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth. We know this isn't the most fun thing to do. However, many of our patrons are in high risk categories and we all must work together to keep the Library safe for everyone.

Public Computers:

While the pandemic is ongoing we will only be offering one station for public computing. This is so we can clean the computer between each use. The 30 minute time limit is in effect for using the computer. If you need an exception, please see a librarian.

Social Distancing:

Please follow all social distancing guidelines in the Library and maintain a 6-foot distance from other people. Some rooms have specific occupancy limits due to the inability to practice appropriate social distancing in those rooms.

Donations:

The Library will not be taking any book or magazine donations at this time. We will let everyone know when we will resume taking book and magazine donations.

Cleaning:

We will be cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces at the Library multiple times a day. We encourage you to use our hand wash station and we will have hand sanitizer for patrons to use.


While we will do everything in our power to make the Library a clean and safe place for everyone, we cannot guarantee a germ-free environment. We urge you to take precautions both in the building and with items you have checked out, such as hand washing and not touching your face. We have increased our loan period to 21 days in case you want to quarantine items in your home for 72 hours before enjoying them.

We hope to get back to normal as soon as we can. Until then please help us help you by following the new rules. If you have questions or concerns please feel free to ask. We know this isn't fun, but if we all work together we can provide services and keep patrons and staff safe
 
 
COVID 19 Resources
 

If you have questions about Coronavirus or need help in identifying assistance, you can call 211 to talk to a person or go to any of the following links:

 

U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html…

Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention: 

https://www.maine.gov/…/infe…/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml

Knox County Emergency Management Agency: 

https://www.knoxcountymaine.gov/ema



We have created a variety of video tutorials for using Digital Maine Library, as well as many online story times. These can be found by clicking here!

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