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Camden Public Library

55 Main Street


The Camden Public Library is an anchor for the community. We bring people together to Read, Connect, and Discover.


The first library established in Camden was known as the Federal Society’s Library, and was started in 1796 with a collection of 200 books. At that time, Camden was a very small town consisting of 15 houses centered around the harbor. The Federal Society’s Library operated for 34 years until the books were sold at auction.

Several years later, in 1854, the Ladies’ Library Association opened in Mrs. Jesse Hosmer’s house on Wood Street. The library later moved to the second floor of the Camden National Bank building and remained at this location until the disastrous fire of 1892 that destroyed the Camden business district.

On March 23, 1896, the citizens of Camden voted to establish a free public library to be known as the Camden Public Library. The proud townspeople of Camden raised the money to build this library through various fundraising efforts. No assistance was provided by library philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Mary Louise Curtis Bok donated the land for the library in 1916. Parker Morse Hooper and Boston architect Charles G. Loring offered building plans. The cornerstone was laid on August 17, 1927 and the Library opened its doors on June 11, 1928 with Miss Katherine W. Harding serving as the first librarian.

In 1996 the library underwent a great expansion under the south lawn. The opening of this Centennial Wing allowed the library to accommodate larger collections and computer-based technology without compromising the scenic or historic value of the original building. Today the library is a true treasure of the coast of Maine and is a testament to the pride and determination of the residents of Camden.


Nathan Gross

Sunday, May 13, 2018
This is a beautiful public library. My family appreciates the children's section both for the selection of books and the imaginative setting. Check out the schedule of activities for your kids to enjoy.

wawabilly ANDERSON

Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017
Great place to solitary research your brain. Good wifi. All the best...

Amanda Moore

Monday, Aug. 7, 2017
Just passing through. Seemed popular. Lovely architecture.

Orbis Mail

Thursday, June 8, 2017
If it weren't for one extremely rude staff member the library would be a very pleasant experience. If you've been there, you know who I mean. It's too bad there is a shortage of people to do this work or I'm sure she would have been replaced.

David Miller

Saturday, Sep. 17, 2016
the Camden Library is one of the most pleasant places to visit when in town. It is one of the reasons my wife and I purchased our home in Camden nearly thirty years ago and there a few places in the nation where you can enjoy a magazine, newspaper or book more than in the comfortable chairs near the bay view window overlooking Camden Harbor.

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