Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities.

–R. David Lankes

What the Library Does for our Community

Patrons checked out 59,496 items from Rockport’s library in 2016.* Among libraries in Maine with town populations from 2,500 to 4,999, Rockport Public Library is second in programs for adults and third in total circulation yet last in size.

By the Numbers

  • During the past 10 years, program participation increased by 400% and visits increased by 150%.

  • Rockport’s library staff answered 5,815 reference questions. That is a lot of people who walked out of the library knowing more than when they walked in!

  • 6,942 people participated in library programs, both in the library’s spaces and in community spaces like local schools, the YMCA, and others.

  • The Rockport Public Library provided access to computers 4,125 times. Many people in Maine do not have access to computers or a high-speed internet connection in their homes. And with more information only being published digitally, the library plays an important role in making sure everyone in our community has access to it.

*Note: All statistics are from 2016, the most recent year officially available from the Maine State Library and The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the federally-mandated governing body on library statistics.