Library History

Historically, the MCMA library was an integral part of its mission. In an age when public education and university-level training in the United States were inadequate to the needs of a burgeoning industrialized society, the library was a setting where apprentices learned to read and write—knowledge that  greatly enhanced the skills they were acquiring under the guidance of master craftsmen. Today the library is revamping its space, collection and policies to better meet the modern mission of MCMA.

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Our Collection

Our library has over 30,000 volumes addressing general interests as well as specialized collections on Maine and maker arts. Our collection is organized under the Dewey Decimal system for easy browsing.  Find a portion of our catalog on Library Thing.

Book Club

The Mechanics Book Club meets 12pm-1pm on the first Tuesday of every month.  Check our programming page for the next book we are discussing.

Recent Aquisitions

We have recently acquired a large collection of marine-related books. Stay tuned for more details about this collection.

Library Hours

10:00-3:00 Tuesday – Thursday, 4:00-7:00 Friday, and 10:00-1:00 Saturday


Pat Larrabee

Feel free to reach out to Pat with any questions about the library.

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