Ogunquit Memorial Library, Ogunquit

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The Ogunquit Memorial Library is the public library of Ogunquit, Maine. It is located at 166 Shore Road, in an architecturally distinguished Romanesque Revival built in 1897 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. It was a gift to the town by Mrs. George Conarroe in honor of her husband.
The library is open daily except Sunday during the summer (May to October), and Wednesday-Saturday except holidays during the off-season.
The Ogunquit Memorial Library is located on the west side of Shore Road in central Ogunquit, in an area with many seaside resort accommodations. It is a rectangular building, fashioned out randomly course fieldstone, with a hip roof and a projecting gabled entrance. At one corner of the entrance stands an engaged circular staircase tower with a conical roof above a molded cornice. Eyebrow dormers project from some of the roof elevations. The interior is well-preserved, its original features including a large fireplace that was at first its sole heat source.
The library was built in 1897 to a design by Philadelphia architect John M. Burns, and is one of the finest examples of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture in southern Maine. The building was enlarged in 1914 to a design by Henry A. Macomb, also of Philadelphia; the quality of design and execution make it virtually impossible to distinguish the addition from the original. The library was the gift of Philadelphia resident Mrs. George Conarroe in honor of her husband.
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  • To be fair, I did not get to go inside the library, as it was closed, but I stopped the car just to take a picture of the beautiful building. It is lovely and it made me smile every time we drove by t...  more »
  • The building alone is something to see. It's a small library and if you're lucky you will be in town for one of their book sales. Located right on the main road and an easy walk from most of the hotel...  more »
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  • First I really like libraries and second I REALLY dig this little Library. It's origin story, it's unique design and it's a great for the area. Which is also very historic and like rich trunk full of stories, that I have just barely discovered. I will return many times for a full review and more story-hunting.
  • We stopped by Ogunquit's Library during a short trip to southern Maine to study as my significant other and I are both in grad school. Though a bit small, there were adequate and comfortable areas to study. The library recently took on new management with excellent ideas to transform some of the more antiquated features and volumes of the library. We were shocked that the library does not feature a public computer, a vital tool for the growth of our children or for researching purposes for students and professionals alike. I highly recommend the library obtain at least two workstations for this purpose. Overall, the library was a great place to stop for a quick study break while traveling. The manager is extremely professional and courteous to patrons. I would definitely stop again on my next trip through Ogunquit.

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