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Lewiston Public Library
Lewiston, Maine Public Library.jpg
Country United States
Type Public
Established 1902
Location Lewiston, Maine
Size 165,000
Access and use
Circulation 200,000
Population served 36,592
Other information
Budget $1,284,718
Director Marcela Peres
Staff 32
Lewiston Public Library
Location Park and Pine Sts., Lewiston, Maine
Built 1902
Architect Coombs & Gibbs, Greenleaf & Doring
NRHP reference No. 78000157
Added to NRHP January 31, 1978

The Lewiston Public Library is a historic site, and the public library serving Lewiston, Maine.


Lewiston public library postcard ME
Old postcard of Lewiston, Maine public library

In 1902 Andrew Carnegie donated $60,000 for a new granite building with the understanding that the city would fund staff, books, and materials. Granite was acquired from North Jay and Norridgewock to be used for the construction. The vestibule was modeled after the Greek design with columns 18 feet high and 25 inches in circumference. Woodwork of fine oak is found on the fireplace mantels and oak pillars. The original library located in Lewiston City Hall was known as the Manufacturers and Mechanics Library. The library was formed January 26, 1861 and existed until the first Lewiston City Hall burned on January 7, 1890. The current library still has several volumes that have the Manufacturers and Mechanics library stamps in them.


The Colonial Revival library building was constructed in 1902 by Coombs & Gibbs. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.


Pilsbury Block - Lewiston Public Library Maine
Lewiston Public Library Lisbon Street expansion.

The building was significantly renovated in 1996, including moving the main entrance one block to the west. The Marsden Hartley Cultural Center was opened in 2005, and is named for Lewiston's native son Marsden Hartley, a renowned artist/poet.

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