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| ||Directions to the new location are on the page of this website. There is a picnic table under the maple tree and comfy patio furniture in the backyard for those seeking to use the WiFi service. We have a drive-up book return for your convenience.Beginning in June 2016, the Belgrade Public Library will be offering community passes to local attractions for free or discounted admission. Click here for more details!The library now offers a charging station for small electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets, MP3 players, Bluetooth headsets, digital cameras. mobile hotspots, etc. Up to seven devices can be charged at one time. Do you know the value of our library? Click here to see.The Library opened December 18, 2012 at 124 Depot Road, centrally located and beside Belgrade Central School. Many thanks to the library patrons for moving the books! The Belgrade Public Library is a donation site for the Belgrade Food Pantry. (Items that are dented or opened or expired will NOT be accepted. Please take perishable items to the Town Office.) |
IMPORTANT UPDATE !!! Beginning March 1st our dowloadable Audio Books and eBooks will be changing to a new platform. CloudLibrary will be replacing Overdrive. Downloadable Audio Books and EBooks are available with your Belgrade Public Library card! Check out biographies, fiction, business, children and teen books, foreign languages, health and more. Click on the red logo below to connect to Maine InfoNet cloudLibrary or call the Library at 495-3508 for information.
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Need a library card? Call the Library at 495-3508.GOVERNANCE
Belgrade Public Library ordinance was adopted by the votes in June 2000, to implement a goal identified in the Town's l998 Comprehensive Plan. There is a seven member Board of Trustees, appointed by the Select Board, which oversees the operation of the Library. The Trustees meet the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm. The public is invited to attend these meetings.Borrowing & Renewing: books, magazines, and audio tapes circulate for two weeks. Items may be renewed by phone or email.
- While fines are not charged for late books, donations to the "overdue guilt basket" are accepted from those who feel they have kept a book longer than their fair share.
- Books with "NEW" stickers may not be renewed.
- There is a drive-up book return box for off-hour book returns.
- Non-Belgrade Patrons may pay a $15 annual fee per family for borrowing privileges. FRIENDS OR TAXPAYERS - Who Pays for What?
Belgrade taxpayers share responsibility for the Library with the Friends of Belgrade Public Library group but do you know who is responsible for what?
FRIENDSBuilding Construction and MaintenanceSeptic and WaterElectricityHeatLandscapingPlowingBuilding InsuranceJanitorial ServicesTAXPAYERS AND DONORSBooks, Magazines, eBooksLibrary ProgramsTelephoneSalaries and Benefits for Library StaffSecurity SystemDrinking Water and SuppliesInternal FurnishingsInsurance on Contents of Building
Technology: public use of the computers, scanners, and internet is encouraged. Children under 13 must have a parent in the Library while using the Internet. Assistance using the computer is available. WHY SHOULD WE HAVE A PUBLIC LIBRARY?
Libraries ProvideFree entertainment and life-long learning through books, movies, audio books, music CDs, computer access, and programs A safe place to gather regardless of age, economic status, gender, race, religion or personal differences Access to the Internet and print resources for job seekers Connections to family, friends, and businesses for traveling or summer residents Computer and Wi-Fi availibility Shared resources for all Tax forms Community announcement forums and connections Access to databases with millions on online scholarly news articles Supervised social interactions for our youth Assistance with technology Personal research help Genealogy resources Exposure to new opportunities and theories Introductory computer skills Global awareness Local networking
Children, Literacy and School SuccessYoung children attending pre-school story time will be more ready to start school and be successful which not only benefits them but all of us by decreasing costs for special education or summer school classes.Young children attending pre-school story time will be more ready to start school and be successful which not only benefits them but all of us by increasing the graduation rate so that more of our young people are ready to be productive members of our community.Day care providers using the child development resources will be better trained providers which not only benefits them but all of us by improving the quality of child care instruction through age appropriate literacy training which enables children to be ready to start school.Area childrens agencies who attend early literacy programs will reduce their costs through free staff development which not only benefits them but all of us by improving the quality of child care instruction through age appropriate literacy training which enables children to be ready to start school.
Workforce and the EconomyPotential workers who attend technology skills classes at the library will be better trained to get a job which not only benefits them but all of us by making them productive members of our community.Potential workers who get free computer instruction at the library will be better trained to get a job which not only benefits them but all of us by making them productive members of our community.Job seekers utilizing one-on-one employment help at the library will be more successful in getting a job which not only benefits them but all of us by making them productive members of our community.Local workforce development agencies have reduced costs due to the wide range of employment resources, online access and career tests at the library. This not only benefits them but all of us by making the use of our tax dollars more efficient.Employers can enjoy reduced recruitment costs because of the technology access and training offered at the library which not only benefits them but all of us by enabling our small businesses to invest more in the community.Prospective entrepreneurs who use the business planning workshops and access to business resources can enjoy reduced market entry barriers and startup costs which not only benefits them but all of us by enabling more entrepreneurs to launch small businesses in our community.Existing entrepreneurs who use the library business resources will reduce their costs and improve their business performance which not only benefits them but all of us by enabling our small businesses to invest more in the community.Small business development agencies can enjoy reduced operations costs and more effective outreach through access to library facilities and business resources which not only benefits them but all of us by enabling more efficient use of our economic development dollars.Local businesses can enjoy the increased food traffic that libraries attract as non-competing anchor institutions which not only benefits them but all of us by enabling our small businesses to invest more in the community.
Quality of Life and Sense of CommunityResidents and businesses enjoy the greater safety and quality of life which the library contributes to which not only benefits them but all of us by making our community more attractive.The facility is a versatile, attractive part of our downtown which benefits all of us by adding to the quality of life in our community.
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Belgrade Public Library, 124 Depot Road, Belgrade, Me 04917