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Maine State Library

State Capitol, AugustaThe State Library had its beginning in a resolve of the legislature of 1836, which required the Secretary of State to purchase a library, under the direction of the governor, for the use of the legislature and to expend five hundred dollars for that purpose. By a legislative act of 1839 the books belonging to the state by purchase or donation were collected and deposited in the south wing of the State House, and constituted the State Library under separate department under the direct control of the Governor and Council, as a board of trustees, and they were authorized to appoint a State Libraian. The Library was located on the top floor of the south wing of the state house until 1891, when new rooms were provided for it in the west wing of the enlarged building. In the year 1910 when the State House was still further enlarged, the main portion of the Library was removed to the second floor of the north wing.

Orginally established for the members of the legislature and the various departments of state government it now serves all the people of the state. On the shelves will be found 125,000 books and pamphlets and 170 current periodicals, containing a full and equal representation of the various branches of history, law, science, religion, political economy, industrial and fine arts, language and literature. Technical and elementary books in every trade, profession and industry are continually being added in order that every worker may fine there the information he most desires or needs. Any resident of Maine may borrow books and magazines or obtain information from the Maine State Library.

Source(s) for narrative on this page: The Maine Book, by Henry E. Dunnack, Librarian of Maine State Library. Augusta, Maine 1920. pages 192. Photos on this page courtesy of Penny Postcards from ME ~ a USGenWeb Archives Site. (Use your back brower button when returning from the thumbnail photos.)

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Special thanks to David Colby Young, Maine's previous State Coordinator.

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