Library services are free to residents of the following communities: Gardiner, Litchfield, Randolph, Pittston, South Gardiner, and West Gardiner. Nonresidents may purchase subscription cards for an annual fee of $54 per household, $34 for those over age 65. A summer card may be purchased from Memorial Day to Labor Day for $15.
Identification (with a current street address) and a reference are required when applying for a library card. Children under age 18 also need a parent's signature.
Gardiner Library Association
The Gardiner Library Association, formed in 1881, owns the building and the land, makes capital improvements, buys new equipment, and seeks to improve library services.
More than half of the new materials the library buys each year are purchased with interest income from the Association trust funds. The Association welcomes memorial and endowment donations to ensure future library services and the preservation of the building.
A perpetual memorial fund can be established for donations or endowments of over $1000. Materials purchased with interest from the fund will then have a specially designed book-plate affixed, bearing the name supplied by the donor.
The Community Room houses an outstanding collection of state, county, and local histories as well as genealogies which document Maine's Kennebec Valley region, in which Gardiner is centered. This collection includes important works bearing upon the social, governmental, economic, and migrational history of the community. For decades, the library has maintained an extensive vertical file concerning local people and institutions as well as unique manuscript items. In recent years, volunteers have assembled genealogical files to augment the vertical file. The collection, in a secure room for the protection of its rare materials and special indexes, is open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. In the past decade Gardiner's nineteenth-century newspapers were microfilmed, and James Connor compiled a ten-volume index to the
newspaper series extending from the 1840s to the 1930s. Many photocopied materials from the Yellow House Papers of Laura E. Richards are in binders in the Community Room.
The Community Room is staffed by a part-time librarian so those who will be traveling any distance may wish to call the library (582-3312) ahead of time to make sure the room will be open. Current hours are Monday - Friday 1pm-5pm.