APL will move to curbside pickup only starting December 2.

Curbside Pickup Program

Starting December 2, the Auburn Public Library will move to a curbside pickup only service. This means that we will no longer offer the option to browse in person for books. We will have limited computer availability by appointment only.

To borrow items through our curbside service:

Place holds online through our online catalog, or by calling or emailing us (333-6640 ext. 2 or request@auburnpubliclibrary.org).  We will try to pull requests frequently, but it may take 1-2 days for us to prepare your items. If you are not sure what you want, please call, and we will be happy to make suggestions.

When your holds are ready you will be notified by email or phone, depending on how your account is set up.

Stop by anytime during curbside hours (M-F 10-6) to pick up holds. Call us from the Library Ave. parking lot (333-6640 ext. 2) and we will bring your items out. You do not need to call ahead, but if we know when you are coming, we will have your items already checked out.

Fees for borrowing movies and audiobooks will be waived while the library is open for curbside service only.


All returns should be placed in the drop boxes, located at the Library Ave. and Spring St. entrances. Items will be quarantined for 3-5 days. Late fees will be waived during the time we are open for curbside service only.

Make an appointment to use the computer

Computers are available by appointment only. Call the reference desk (333-6640 ext. 4) to schedule a time. We cannot accommodate walk in computer use at this time.

Use the Library Ave. entrance for computer appointments. A staff member will meet you to let you in.

It’s a Wonderful Lecture, online, Dec. 7

Lecturer and motivational speaker Dustin Pari has done it again! It’s a Wonderful Lecture is a presentation that has truly resonated on a deep level with so many. Taking a look at the beloved classic It’s a Wonderful Life, Dustin uses quotes, scenes, and characters from the movie as he weaves a tale of commonality and humanity that brings us all together in love, kindness, and harmony. Hear the tale and feel the struggle of George Bailey, because his issues are our issues. We all walk through this human experience together, feeling the ripple of the lives of those around us.

Dustin recently presented “Halloween: A Haunted History” for us, which was very well received.  For more information on Dustin, visit his website at www.DustinPari.com.

Please call the Auburn Public Library Reference Desk at 207-333-6640, ext. 4, to register for this online event.  Those who register will be sent a Zoom link on the day of the event to join the program.

Monday, December 7, 7-8PM.

Giving Tuesday: December 1st, 2020 – Join Us in Giving Back

In this time of uncertainty, there’s a fundamental truth that gives us hope – together we can do extraordinary things. 

On December 1, 2020, people all around the world are coming together to tap into the power of human connection, to strengthen communities, and prove that generosity can bring the whole world together.  

Here at Auburn Public Library we depend upon your generosity.  Your donations make a difference to the library, our staff, and our community.  Because of your support we are able to provide everyone access to information, promote literacy, and create programming for all ages.  

Please consider making a donation and being part of the Giving Tuesday global movement.  For all donations of $25 or more, APL will allocate $5 to holiday meals in a bag, which our staff will be creating for those in need.  

Please click here to make a donation.  

Thank you, from all of us at APL. 

Position available: Director of Engagement

The Auburn Public Library is a non-profit public library that includes all of the elements of a 21st century library while maintaining the grandeur of its original 1904 Carnegie building. A gifted library staff provides a remarkable array of services to Auburn, Minot, and the surrounding communities. The Library stresses outstanding customer service, community collaboration and responsiveness to the needs of its customers. The Library is funded primarily by the City of Auburn and is expected to provide a significant percentage of its annual revenue. The mission of the Library is to engage, enrich and enlighten.


APL seeks a highly motivated individual, who will represent and promote the Library, reporting to the Library Director in partnership with the Board of Trustees and the staff. The Director of Engagement will support strategic initiatives to reach out and engage the community to build broad public awareness of and support for the Library This position is full-time and comes with benefits. The complete job description can be found at www.auburnpubliclibrary.org


  • Assist in the development and execution of Auburn Public Library’s annual fundraising plan.
  • Assist in securing financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations.
  • Assist in the maintenance of ongoing relationships with major donors.
  • Assist in the organization of special events, such as the Library’s Spring online auction.
  • Assist in the management of our fundraising software, data entry, gift processing, report generation and record keeping related to the development function.
  • Assist in the preparation, submission and tracking of grant requests.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Nonprofit experience
  • Experience in development and marketing, including major gifts
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, communications (written and oral) and managerial skills
  • Experience with social media, the internet, Microsoft and Adobe platforms.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

Desired Attributes

  • Understanding of and appreciation for public libraries
  • Appreciation of literature and cultural programming
  • Ability and desire to work as a member of a team
  • Strong work ethic and positive attitude
  • Out-going personality and ease with public speaking
  • Sense of humor

The full job description is available here.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to personnel@auburnpubliclibrary.org, or send by mail to Personnel, Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St., Auburn, ME. 04210.  The position will remain open until filled.

No phone calls.


Fall Reading Challenge: South America

We start our Fall Reading Challenge with a focus on Category 1: A book set in South America or by a South American author. Authors include some of the most notable of recent years, including Pablo Neruda, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Isabel Allende. Find some suggestions for titles that fit this category in our online newsletter.

 Some online resources to help you find authors and titles:

About the Fall Reading Challenge:

This year, take a virtual trip around the world with our Fall Reading Challenge! The categories this year represent regions of the world. Read a book set in the region or by an author from that region. Each category you fill in will give you one entry into the final drawing, for the Grand Prize of four new books of your choice! (Some restrictions apply). Complete four categories and pick up a small gift. Contact the Lending Desk for more info.

This year’s reading challenge will run between September 14th – November 30th.

Drop by the Lending Desk to pick up a reading log or enter online through Beanstack!

Click Here for BeanStack (Our Online Challenge Page)

Click here for the Map and Regions (Each Region then has CloudLibrary book suggestions!)

Library Kung Fu Chinese Martial Arts for Young Dragons

APL is excited to offer a one hour workshop utilizing Zoom’s online group meeting technology, a one hour online workshop to introduce young library patrons, ages 7 to14, to the fun, excitement, and challenge of Chinese martial arts practice. Join us on Thursday September 24th at 4 PM.

Shifu Paul DiCrescenzo has been a martial arts practitioner since 1977. His training has included Korean karate and swordsmanship, Japanese classical weapons, and he has been training/teaching Chinese martial arts for the last 22 years. He currently teaches Wudang style Tai Chi/Qigong, Wudang Internal Kung Fu, and Bai Long Quan Kung Fu. More information can be found at Two Dragons Path  http://www.twodragonspath.com/

Please call the library to register at 333-6640 ext.3 so we can send you the link to the Zoom meeting.

Library now open with limited hours and services


Limited Hours

The Library will be open Monday, 10AM-7PM; Tuesday-Friday, 10AM-6PM

Health and Safety Precautions

What we are doing to keep you safe:

  • Offering contactless holds pickup
  • Maintaining 6 feet of distance between each other
  • Wearing face coverings while inside the library.
  • Following cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

What we are asking you to do:

  • Do not enter the library if you currently have or recently have had a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or are feeling unwell.
  • Keep your hands clean. Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the library.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance from others
  • Wear a face covering while inside the library.
  • Follow all directional signs and floor markings.
Limited use

To enable distancing and to keep customers and staff safe, we will have some limits in place

  • Limited Capacity. Entry is limited to 10 customers at a time, not including those who have appointments to use the Children’s Room or the library computers. Please limit your visit to thirty minutes. Most furniture, including chairs and tables, have been removed. We cannot accommodate groups or other meetings at this time.
  • Children’s Room. Appointments are strongly recommended for children to use the Children’s Room. Use of the Children’s Room is limited to two families at a time. To make an appointment, please call the Children’s Department, 333-6640, ext. 3. Toys and furniture have been removed and computers are unavailable. Parents are welcome to select material for their children. We cannot accommodate groups or other meetings at this time.
  • Computer Use. Computers have been spaced 6 feet apart and will be disinfected between each use. Computer use is by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call the reference desk at 333-6640, ext.4. We cannot supply headphones at this time.

Please note that the Reciprocal Borrowing Program is still suspended.

Returning items and due dates

Our book drops are now open for you to return your checked out library items. Please return items to the book drop and do not bring them into the library.

  • Returned items will be quarantined for 3 days before getting checked in. We will back date when we check in. Be aware that items may appear on your record for up to a week after return. We have extended loan periods for one week if you wish to return items early to avoid temporary overdues.
  • We are now charging our normal overdue fees. Items will be backdated to date of return when checked in. You will not be charged overdue fees for items in quarantine.
Place items on hold and pick them up when you’re notified that they are ready.

What you need to know:

  • Place your holds online, by phone or by email to request@auburnpubliclibrary.org.
  • Need help deciding what you want? Call us for help.
  • Wait until you are notified that your items are ready for pick up.
  • If you would like to pick up items in the library, you may pick up within 7 days.
  • If you would like curbside service, please call to make arrangements.

We are looking forward to seeing you again! The safety of our customers and staff is very important to us. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this transition. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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