Welcome to the Winter Harbor Public Library. Stop by and sample our friendly atmosphere, historic building, and cozy reading room. Access our hi-speed Internet or browse the latest bestseller, a copy of the weekly newspaper, or our array of magazines. If we don’t have the book you are looking for please ask, and we can order it for you through the state library system or you can download it on your e-reader through the state library cloud.
Thanks to a grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, we have installed an ADA-compliant ramp for easier access into our building. Thanks to additional donations, we have purchased a bike rack and two benches, where you can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere under the shade of trees and check your emails. Or, come in to the cool, wood-paneled interior and filtered light of the stained glass windows (which are being restored) of this former chapel and find the latest bestseller or a classic Maine author from bygone years.
We have an extensive collection of books by and about Maine, both fiction and non-fiction. Read a newspaper or magazine in one of our inviting armchairs or check your emails. Brew a cup of coffee or tea with our Keurig machine. Going on a long trip? Take along an audiobook. Visiting for the summer and don’t have TV service? Check out a DVD–or a jigsaw puzzle for those foggy days.
We have a well-rounded catalog of fiction and non-fiction book selections, DVDs, and audiobooks. We are always open to suggestions for purchases. Check our shelves frequently for NEW items. Books are loaned for 21 days. DVDs and audiobooks may be borrowed for 7 days. Jigsaw puzzles for 4 weeks. Patrons may check out up to 10 books, 5 DVDs, and 3 audiobooks at a time. Magazines may be checked out for 7 days. All books may be renewed by phone or email.
We also have a selection of used books for sale at the entrance of the library.
We’re also continually adding to our children and young adult sections:
INTERLIBRARY LOAN (ILL):
If we don’t have the item you are looking for, please ask so that we can order it for you through the state library system. The due dates for ILL items are established by the lender, and not by Winter Harbor Public Library. There is no charge for ILL.
E-BOOKS & E-READERS:
Wherever you are, if you’re on the Internet, you have access to e-books through the Maine Library System’s Download Library. Up to three e-books may be downloaded for seven days and may be renewed. If you need assistance with downloading books, please contact the library director.
Two Kindle Paperwhite e-readers and one Nook e-reader are available for a seven-day checkout. If you need assistance learning how to use these items, please ask the library director or any volunteer.
INTERNET & COMPUTER ACCESS:
The library has high-speed, wireless internet access available 24/7. The signal is available from the parking lot, even when the library is closed.
The library has four patron-accessible computers, including a desktop computer, two Chromebook notebooks, and a Samsung tablet available for use within the library. The Chromebooks may also be loaned for one day.
Printing and copying services are available for a small fee. Ask a volunteer for assistance.
BEANSTACK VIRTUAL READING PROGRAM
Participate in reading challenges and earn prizes! Discover your love for reading! If you want to be part of a greater reading community, join a reading challenge. Read your favorite genres and log what you read. You can register as an individual or family, as a school or a community group. Start by registering at: https://winterharbor.beanstack.org/reader365
How it works:
1) Register yourself and/or your child 2) Log your reading and create book reviews 3) Participate in reading challenges throughout the year.
Get the app on your phone or tablet. Download the Beanstack Tracker app from Google Play or the App Store.