An update from Matt

July 22, 2020

It’s been several months since the library was last open. On March 15th, we made the decision to close our in-person services indefinitely in response to COVID-19 and focused our energy on services that we could provide remotely, including our Mobilize Katahdin COVID response.

Twice we’ve extended our closure in response to state and federal guidelines, and ultimately, we decided to use the down time to pack up our temporary home at Pelletier’s Restaurant and move back to 5 Maine Ave. Thanks to an outstanding team of volunteers, we were able to move everything in just a few days! 

Our amazing volunteers unboxing books and creating ethernet cables for the new space

As businesses in the region and some libraries around the state are beginning to open in limited ways, our patrons are eager to know when we will reopen. So far, we have delayed announcing a reopening date because we have not had an occupancy certificate, which is required for staff and patrons to use the building. Although the interior of the building is complete, we are still waiting for the completion of a handrail for the new entrance before we can apply for occupancy.  

All of that being said, Nickerson & O’Day, Inc. has been making slow but steady progress, and we are optimistic that the renovation will be complete, inside and out, by early- to mid-August. In the meantime, rest assured that we are setting up furniture, unboxing books, and putting the final touches on our new space, as all of us at the library anxiously await the day that we can welcome you back. 

Lastly, because many of our partner libraries are reopening, our interlibrary loan system has come back online, triggering automatic notifications to many of you about overdue items. Contrary to these messages, please continue to hold onto your library items until further notice; we are not allowed to accept items at the library until we receive our occupancy certificate. No, you will not be charged any late fees!

Thanks for staying connected and for supporting us through this exciting renovation and these unnerving times. I am looking forward to seeing you at the library soon!


Matt DeLaney
Library Director