About Us

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The Jesup is a community resource and gathering place.

The Jesup Memorial Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Though we serve, and have always served, as the public library for the town of Bar Harbor and the surrounding area, the Jesup is a private nonprofit organization supported largely through donations.

We offer:

  • Friendly, helpful staff who are happy to assist you with any request, or recommend the perfect book, DVD, CD or research material.
  • More than 38,000 Books in the Jesup’s permanent collection.
  • More than 7,000 eBooks to borrow.
  • More than 2,200 Movies on DVD and VHS.
  • More than 1,900 Music CDs and Books on CD.
  • More than 4,300 Downloadable Audiobooks.
  • A special selection of Large Print books.
  • A room devoted to materials on the history of Maine and MDI.
  • Book signings, concerts, slideshows and informative programs of all sorts – free to everyone and open to all – throughout the year.  Check the CALENDAR here on the website, and our Facebook page, or ask at the front desk for what’s coming up next. There’s sure to be something that interests you.
  • Local history resources including free access to digitized local newspapers dating from 1881 to 1969.
  • Free use of the Jesup’s six public-use computers.
  • Free WiFi access.
  • The opportunity to learn a foreign language – or 50 – with the Mango language program. Free to anyone with a Jesup Memorial Library card, and accessible from any computer.
  • Free use of Ancestry.com from any computer or Internet-enabled device within the Jesup.
  • Free online access to many research databases and resources.
  • Access to any book in the state of Maine and beyond via the InterLibrary Loan program. You want it, we’ll get it.
  • Copies and Printing:  20 cents per page for black and white, 50 cents per page for color
  • Facilities rental for weddings, parties, memorial services and other events. Ask us and we’re happy to make our beautiful historic building available to you for your function.

A Note from the Director

Ruth Eveland
Ruth Eveland

The public’s perception of a library’s purpose is different from what it used to be. In the 20th century, libraries were considered passive centers of learning, where books were housed. A good library was viewed with pride by its community as a symbol of achievement and as a custodian of its heritage. A really good library offered a challenging collection of materials and events to stimulate those it served. Great libraries were champions of intellectual freedom and developed services to meet their community’s specific needs.The library of the future is user-centered, a place where people can discover information, encounter ideas, and connect with other people. Such a library works actively to engage members of its community.

The Jesup is in transition, moving from the passive offering of books and other materials, to a dynamic future as a center dedicated to actively helping people discover, learn and create opportunities for collaboration with others. Great libraries now are a catalyst in their communities, and a place where everyone may gather on an equal basis, with equal access to all that the library offers. And that is what we aim to be.

We are deeply grateful for the active support of our community as we work with them – with you – to create the 21st-century Jesup. Thank you for coming to programs, availing yourself of the books, periodicals and other items we make available for you, for engaging with each other in our welcoming facility, and for your financial support. We do what we do for you, and we couldn’t do it without you.

— Ruth Eveland