In 1887 Abner Coburn left funds to the Skowhegan Library Association, so that a library might be erected in the town. The project was soon under way and the Skowhegan Public Library was born.
The Library contains a Children's Room as well a Memorial Room, which commemorates the actions of those Skowhegan townsmen who served in the Civil War.
The current collection contains an extensive array of books, including large print and audio books. Recent issues of magazines and periodicals, as well as DVDs and VHS round out the collection.