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  • 39 Bowdoin St, Winthrop, ME 04364 | 207-377-8673

    Monday: 10am-6pm
    Tuesday: 10am-6pm
    Wednesday: 10am-6pm
    Thursday: 3pm-8pm
    Friday: 10am-3pm
    Saturday: 10am-3pm

    The Library will be closed to observe the following holidays:

    Monday, February 20, 2017: President’s Day
    Monday, April 17, 2017: Patriot’s Day
    Saturday, May 27, 2017: Memorial Day
    Monday, May 29, 2017: Memorial Day
    Tuesday, July 4, 2017: Independence Day
    Saturday, September 2, 2017: Labor Day
    Monday, September 4, 2017: Labor Day
    Monday, October 9, 2017: Columbus Day
    Friday, November 10, 2017: Veterans Day
    Saturday, November 11, 2017: Veterans Day
    Wednesday, November 22, 2017: Thanksgiving, Closing at 1pm
    Thursday, November 23, 2017: Thanksgiving
    Friday, November 24, 2017: Thanksgiving
    Monday, December 25, 2017: Christmas
    Monday, January 1, 2018: New Years
    Monday, January 15, 2018: Martin Luther King Day

    Email Staff:
    All inter-library loan
    All reference and research

    Richard Fortin, Director
    Shane-Malcolm Billings, Adult Services Librarian
    Cindy Hinkley, Children’s Librarian
    Ann Darby, Library Technician
    Susan Melcher, Library Technician
    Nancy Meservier, Library Technician
    Stacy Tomassone, Library Technician

    The Charles M. Bailey Public Library Board of Trustees are a Board of nine public officials (plus ex officio Council Chair) elected to manage staff and adopt regulations for the library. Public meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 6:00pm. Rescheduled or special meetings are posted in the library, or in the library’s online newsletter. A separate 501(c)(3) Board, the Winthrop Public Library Foundation, has been setup to accept and receive financial donations and bequests. Information regarding the Foundation Board can be found at:

    Mary Jane Auns, Chair:
    term expires: 12/31/19
    All Committees

    Elizabeth Sienko, Vice-Chair:
    term expires: 12/31/18
    Building, Finance & Personnel Committee

    Paul Cottrell, Treasurer:
    term expires: 12/31/17
    Finance, Personnel & Technology Committee

    Pearl Ames:
    term expires: 12/31/18
    Policy Committee

    Eric Conrad:
    term expires: 12/31/17
    Finance & Technology Committee

    Sarah Fuller:
    ex officio

    Laurie Graves:
    term expires: 12/31/17
    Policy Committee

    Merrie Hanson:
    term expires: 12/31/18
    Building Committee

    Rita Moran:
    term expires: 12/31/19

    Maureen Whitestone:
    term expires: 12/31/19
    Building & Personnel Committee


    The library in 1922.

    The Winthrop Public Library was originally opened on July 8, 1889. The library location was referred to as “Packard Block” in early Town Reports. The original library contained 1,322 volumes at the time of opening and featured a reading room. The collection had grown to 2,700 volumes by 1904. The cost to use the original library was $1 per year, and the original library construction was funded through a combination of private fundraising and a Town grant.

    In November 1916, Charles M. Bailey entered into an agreement with the Town of Winthrop to give a new building to be used for library and reading room purposes. The new library was opened to the public on December 2, 1916 in a dedication ceremony that featured president of Colby College, Arthur J. Roberts, and Dennis’ Orchestra of Augusta, Maine. Charles M. Bailey was the best known member of the Society of Friends in Winthrop, and was known for his “Bailey’s Praying Band,” who conducted evangelistic services. Bailey also owned one of the largest oilcloth manufacturers in America at the time, and employed two hundred individuals in Winthrop in the early 1900s. The 1916 structure of rock faced and chiseled granite is still in use today.

    Charles Irving Bailey (the elder son of Charles M. Bailey) was the first person to serve as Chair of the newly formed Board of Trustees. Lula A. Clifford was the first head librarian to serve in the new Bailey building, and served to the time of her death in 1940. Clifford’s starting salary was $1 for each afternoon and evening the library was open to the public, and in 1920 was set at $25 per month. Mr. John Stanley served as Town Librarian for twenty-five years (at the Packard Block location) before Charles M. Bailey donated the Bowdoin St. building. John Stanley continued serving on the Board of Trustees and Book Committee after Clifford was hired in 1916. Lula A. Clifford was noted as being Stanley’s assistant librarian prior to 1916.

    Mission Statement:
    The Charles M. Bailey Public Library is a lifelong learning center serving Winthrop and surrounding communities and offering diverse resources for people of all ages. The library collection is uncensored and made available in accordance with the principles of intellectual freedom.