Rockport Public Library
One Limerock Street, PO Box 8, Rockport, Maine 04856-0008

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Borrowing Privileges

The Library is free to all for computer use, browsing, reference, and program attendance.  To borrow materials you must register for a library card.

Free cards are available to all Rockport residents and taxpayers, to all who work in Rockport, and to all children and students in Knox and Waldo Counties. Proper ID verifying residency is required.

Nonresident cards are available for a $15 annual fee for individuals, $25 for families, and $10 for short-term visitors. Proper identification required such as a valid driver's license, or photo ID and proof of mailing address.

Loans and Renewals

Books, magazines, audio- and videocassettes, compact discs, and DVDs circulate for a two-week period.

A limited number of renewals is permitted unless another borrower has requested the item.  You can request renewals in person or by telephone and get an immediate confirmation. If you request  by postal mail or by email  to, we will reply to confirm the renewal or let you know that the item cannot be renewed. You can also renew online.


Reserve any item currently in circulation. You will be notified when the item is available.  It will be held for one week from date of notification.  Reserves can be requested in person, by telephone, by postal mail, or by e-mail to You can also reserve books online.


An after-hours bookdrop is available to the right of the front door. 

Overdues and fines

A fine of 10 cents a day is charged for all overdue materials except for materials borrowed from the Children’s Room for which the fine is 5 cents a day. Sundays and holidays are excluded. 

Borrowers with overdue items will be notified by postal mail or email. 

Replacement charges will be made for irretrievably damaged items and items that are not returned.

Interlibrary loan

Books and periodical articles not owned by the Library can generally be obtained from other libraries.  The loan period may be limited.  Borrowers may wish to make a voluntary donation to defray shipping expenses. 

You can make interlibrary loan requests in person, by telephone, by postal mail or by e-mail.

You can also make online requests of materials owned by other MINERVA libraries and libraries in the Maine Info Net system.

Library Programs and Donations

Donations for groups other than this library may not be solicited at library sponsored or co-sponsored programs, except at the discretion of the library director. Adopted March 19, 2009

Internet Use

Rockport Public Library’s connection to the Internet, a worldwide computer based resource, enables the Library to provide access to information beyond the scope of its own collection and greatly enhances the breadth and depth of information resources available to Library users.

Currently, however, the Internet is an unregulated medium.  The information available on the Internet includes much that is personally, professionally, and culturally enriching.  The Internet also provides access to material that may be offensive or disturbing to some individuals, as well as information that may be factually incorrect and/or illegal.

It is important to note that the Library does not monitor and has no control over the information available through the Internet, and specifically disclaims any warranty as to the accuracy, authoritativeness, timeliness, usefulness, or fitness of the information for any particular purpose.

Further, the library assumes no responsibility for, and shall have no liability for any direct, indirect, or consequential damages arising from the use of its electronic resources, or connections to other Internet resources.

To make Internet access available equitably, and to ensure that its use is in accord with all applicable laws, the Library has established the following policies and procedures, which users are required to read and sign.

  1. The Library reserves the right to limit the use of this electronic resource by the public.  Such limitations may include, but are not limited to
    • restricting time on computers and limiting applications or functions used on the computers;
    • requiring that patrons use library-provided, IBM-formatted diskettes for downloading files;
    • charging a nominal fee for the use of certain consumable supplies such as printing and diskettes.
  2. The Library’s electronic resources may be used only for purposes that are legal and in accord with the proper operation of the Library.  Unacceptable uses (some of which may be illegal) include, but are not limited to:
    • harassment of other library users or computer users
      or staff; or unauthorized access to files, data, or
      passwords of others;
    • unauthorized copying of copyright-protected material;
    • intentionally exposing other individuals (particularly children) to material or images they (or their parents) may find unsuitable.

  3. Parents concerned about their children’s use of electronic resources are ultimately responsible for setting standards and establishing guidelines for their children.  Information about how parents can promote safe and productive Internet use by their children is available at the Library.

Parents who wish their children under 18 years of age to have Internet access at Rockport Public Library must sign for each child.  Parents have the option of granting either unrestricted access or access only when a guardian whom they designate is present in the Library.

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