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Skowhegan Free Public Library

Skowhegan Free Public Library Facts

The first library in the Skowhegan area was the Canaan Social Library, dating back to when Skowhegan was still part of that township. The Library lasted from 1798 until 1830. It wasn't until the Skowhegan Library Association was formed in 1867 that any effort was put towards trying to revive the legacy of a library.

In 1887 Abner Coburn, an ex-governor of Maine, donated the money necessary for a new library, which was built soon after.

The Skowhegan Public Library's collection includes hardcover, paperback, large print and audio books. Magazines, periodicals, DVDs and VHS are also included in the collection.

The building was designed by architect Edwin E. Lewis, who operated out of Gardiner. The library houses the Memorial Room, in honor of those who died for the Union in the Civil War. This was Coburn's one stipulation to granting the money for the library -- that it contain a memorial room to the Civil War.

Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday: closed