Rockland Public Library

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Coordinates: 44°06′18″N 69°06′41″W / 44.105°N 69.1115°W / 44.105; -69.1115

Rockland Public Library
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CountryUnited States
TypePublic
Established1903
LocationUnion St., Rockland, Maine
Collection
Size52,000
Access and use
Circulation168,000
Population served7,297
Other information
Budget$617,726
DirectorAmy Levine
Staff11
Website[1]

The Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union Street in central Rockland, Maine. It is located in an architecturally distinguished building, built in 1903-04 with funding support from Andrew Carnegie; the library was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 for its architecture.[1] The library is one of the only libraries in Maine designated as a "Star Library" by Library Journal.[2]

Architecture and history[edit]

The Rockland Public Library is located on the west side of Rockland's commercial downtown, at the western end of a parcel bounded by Union, White, and Beech Streets, with St. Peter's Episcopal Church next door to the south. Although it carries a Union Street address, it is separated from that street by a small park, and it has entrances facing the park and White Street, it is a single-story masonry structure, built out of cut granite, with a full basement and a cross-gabled roof configuration. It is roughly H-shaped, with the original 1903-04 building facing east, joined via a wide hyphen to a modern wing facing west; the original main block has Romanesque and Beaux Arts styling, including Doric columns flanking the recessed Union Street entrance, and an apsoidal southern reading area, its windows articulated by pilasters.[3]

The library was built in 1903-04, and was funded in part by a $20,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie, it is the city's only major example of Beaux Arts architecture, a style that is also uncommon in the state. It was designed by Maine native George Clough, then in partnership with Herbert Wardner.[3]

In July 1910, President William Taft gave a speech to a large audience assembled on the library lawn. In 1915, the building was wired for electricity.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ http://www.maine.gov/msl/news/display.shtml?id=318495
  3. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Rockland Public Library". National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-05-28.

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