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South China Library, South China, Maine


The South China Library, founded in 1830, is the oldest continuously operating library in the State of Maine.

Programs and services include:

  1. Summer Story Time for children on Wednesday mornings

  2.   Book Club for adults meets year-round

  3.   Youth book club for students ages 9-12 meets monthly for activities, snacks and book discussion

  4. Large print book collection

  5. Audiobooks on tape and CD

  6. Public computers with internet access

  7.   Free wireless internet access for laptop users

As of July 2010, 320 households had South China Library cards. The library collection includes a total of over 12,000 volumes of which about 6,400 are adult or young adult and 5,600 are for children.

The library is supported by the Town of China and by donations from individuals. Our fundraisers include several book sales and sales of the China Afghan. Our annual operating budget is $8,500 with about half of the budget used to provide programs and purchase books and supplies, and half used to operate and maintain the library building. We accept donations of books, magazines, and movies. Items not added to the collection are sold at our book sales

We are grateful for our volunteers who are dedicated to making every library visit enjoyable. Volunteers staff the library, process new books, help at the book sale, and take care of our historic building. If you would like to volunteer one morning or afternoon each month to help out at the library please contact the library.

Jean Dempster


South China Public Library Association

Contact us:

South China Library

PO Box 417

South China, ME 04358

Phone: 207-445-3094