The Walker Memorial Library began as one of the earliest Social Libraries in Maine. It was originally established in 1802 as the Falmouth Social Library at Saccarappa Village. In 1866, after many successful years the library became inactive. Interest was awakened in 1883 to reorganize the library. In 1891 Mr. Joseph Walker, of Portland, a former resident of Westbrook, died leaving a fund for a library building. He asked that the library be called The Memorial Library and that any residual funds from the library building be placed in trust for the purpose of purchasing library books. The maintenance of the library was to be financed by the city and directed by regents. The regents were appointed by the mayor. The new library was accepted by the city on May 26, 1894.
A new addition was proposed in 1984 and was budgeted through a $1.5 million bond in 1986. Ground breaking took place in February 1988 and the new addition was completed and opened to the public in February 1989. In 2007 another city bond for $1 million was proposed and accepted to repair the addition that had been plagued by a leaking roof and windows for many years. The library closed to the public September 21, 2007 for the much needed repairs and reopened to the public February 11, 2008.
Getting Your Walker Memorial Library Card Beginning at age 5, Westbrook residents, taxpayers, students in the Westbrook School Department, City of Westbrook employees, or employees of a Westbrook business are eligible for a Walker Memorial Library card. Children ages 5 to 12 must have a parent or legal guardian sign their registration application and provide identification.
Verification of residency, school enrollment or Westbrook employment is required. The following are acceptable forms of identification:
Maine State ID
Checkbook with printed address
Payroll check with employer cited
Ask at the Circulation Desk about other acceptable forms of identification.
Non-residents will pay a $25.00 annual fee per card.
Now that you have your library card…
CIRCULATION LOAN RULES:
- All books, audio books and music CDs circulate for 3 weeks
- All VHS, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs circulate for 1 week.
- Current magazine issues do not circulate. Older issues circulate for 1 week.
- All materials may be returned in the outside Book drop or inside at the Circulation Desk.
FINES AND FEES
- Videos, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs (10 item limit on DVDs and Blu-Rays): $.50 per day with maximum $5.00 per item
- All other items: $.10 per day per item with maximum $5.00 per item
- Total fine amount must be under $10 to continue borrowing privileges.
The library’s collection offers materials for children, teens and adults, including books, audio books, videos and DVDs, music CDs, magazines, the MARVEL databases, Online Newsstand and two Genealogy databases.
Free Computer Access
High-speed internet computers and free public wireless internet access, computers with games and internet in Children’s Room.
Meeting, Conference and Study Rooms
Ask about room use or reservation at the Reference Desk.>
Photocopier and Fax
A photocopier and fax machine are available to the public. Please inquire at the Circulation Desk about fees for these services.>
Museum Pass– Pass to the Children’s Museum in Portland.
Exciting programs and services for children and teens are always on-going in the library. Speak to the Youth Services staff to find out more.
Librarians are happy to offer assistance with finding information for adults, teens and children. This service can be provided in the library, through e-mail or on the telephone.
Events are scheduled throughout the year for adult library users. These include book discussions, guest speakers, holiday events and more.>
Local History Collection
This invaluable collection includes Westbrook and general genealogical resources, Westbrook High School yearbooks, and city directories.
For your convenience, items may be renewed once in person, over the phone or online as long as no one is waiting for the item. Please have your library card number with you.
The library is always eager to find volunteers. Projects vary throughout the year.
Book Sale Room
Bring your own covered beverages and browse our reasonably priced books and audio visual materials that are for sale.
The library does accept donated materials either to add to the collection or to use in our book sale. Please ask about In Memoriam and In Celebration donations.
Let Us Help You
The library staff is here to ensure that your library visit is a good one. Please let us know about special needs you might have, materials you would like to suggest for the collection, or programs that you would like to recommend.