The Mechanics’ Hall library is one of the few membership libraries left in the country. Visit the Mechanics’ Institute of San Francisco’s website for more information about this small group of organizations. Historically, MCMA’s 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. We are currently revamping the library’s spaces, collection and policies to better suit the modern mission of Mechanics’ Hall. Our collection of literature related to the skilled trades is quickly growing thanks to recent donations from Ocean Navigator Publications and Barba+Wheelock architects. We have new subscriptions to three Maine maker periodicals: Taproot, Making, and Mortise & Tenon.
To get involved with these exciting changes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Our library has over 30,000 volumes addressing the arts, trades, and humanities as well as specialized collections on Maine and an enviably large fiction collection. Our collection is organized under the Dewey Decimal system for easy browsing. Find a portion of our catalog on Library Thing.
We currently have an ongoing First Friday partnership series with Print: A Bookstore. Every month, a new author is invited to the Mechanics’ Hall library during Art Walk to discuss their work, often in conversation with another author.
Discussions typically take place from 7-8pm.
We post scheduled author chats here and on our events blog.
We also send information in our monthly e-blasts.
The Mechanics Book Club meets 12pm-1pm on the first Tuesday of every month. Bring your lunch, sweets and tea are provided. Find us on Facebook.
Current Book Club Schedule:
Oct 1: Northland by Porter Fox
Nov. 5: Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
Dec. 3: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
Jan. 7: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Feb. 4: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Mar. 3: A Year in the World by Frances Mayes
Apr. 7: The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner
May 5: Library Book by Susan Orlean
Jun. 2: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
10:00-3:00 Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00-6:00 Wednesday, 5:00-8:00 First Friday, and 10:00-1:00 Saturday
We have recently acquired a large collection of architecture books. Come in and see what have during library hours or call us at (207) 773-8396 for more information.