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Welcome to the Bethel Library Association. Nestled in "Maine's Most Beautiful Mountain Village," the Bethel Library has been the hub of the community with programs, events, and services for all ages since 1879. The Bethel Library serves the towns of Bethel, Gilead, Newry, and Greenwood, as well as, Albany and Mason Townships.





Our mission is to offer a welcoming environment for lifelong learning and literacy for all.

Our vision is to be and essential part of our dynamic, informed, and cohesive community.

Our Core Values are:



We provide full access to free information, programming, and services to all community members and visitors.

Intellectual Freedom

We uphold individual privacy and the right to explore diverse points of view.

Education and Lifelong Learning

We promote literacy for all age groups through print, digital, and emerging technologies.

Social Responsibility

We strive to collaborate with community partners to provide a wide range of timely and innovative programs.


We are committed to courteous, respectful service and responsible stewardship of all financial and physical resources.

Help us to stay relevant to your current and future needs by filling out our patron survey here.

Click here to view our Patron Conduct Policy

Our Mission, Vision, & Values

Our Mission, Vision, & Values
Visit Us

Visit Us

6 Broad Street, Bethel, Maine 04217

Tel: 207.824.2520

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 130 Bethel ME 04217

Monday 9-1
Tuesday 12-5
Wednesday 9-1
Thursday 12-5
Friday 12-5
Saturday 9-1

We are closed on the following days:

  • New Year's Day

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • Presidents' Day

  • Patriot's Day

  • Memorial Day

  • Juneteenth

  • Independence Day

  • Labor Day

  • Indigenous People's Day

  • Veterans Day

  • Thanksgiving Day

  • Thanksgiving Friday

  • Christmas Day

  • Snow Days will be evaluated on a case- by case basis. 

Video on how to find and reserve a book at the library:


Search the Bethel Library Collection by clicking HERE or Search

You can also use the following QR code:

:MILS introductory video

Discover the Digital Collection

In addition to our great selection of books and periodicals, we also offer a variety of online digital library services. Click on the images below to access the service:


The Digital Maine Library provides every resident of Maine with access to online resources that include a collection of full text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals and reference. It also provides students, business people, public library patrons, and higher education students and educators the ability to use online learning tools.

Search the Catalog
Discover the Digital Collection

Search the Catalog

cloudLibrary is an application the Bethel Library Association uses to offer our patrons access to a large database of online content. This content includes eBooks and audiobooks. The cloudLibrary has updated to configure with our new MILS database. You will need your library card number to gain access to the cloudLibrary. If you've updated your library card this is the long barcode on the back of your card. If you haven't updated your card this will be your short barcode with 'bet' after it. Your password will be the last 4 digits of the phone number you have on file with the Bethel Library. If no phone number was given to the library on sign up your password will default to 9876.



The Bethel Library is joining the MILS system! This connects us to 30 other Maine libraries and their collections. Read about the changes here!


Bendable Maine is a lifelong learning resource. Get reliable, free classes on anything from crafts to gardening. Job readiness and language learning resources are also available. Learn more at the Bethel Library or this link!



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You do not need a PayPal account to make a donation. Click on the "Pay with Debit or Credit Card" button at the bottom of the PayPal link. Minimum donation is $10. Thank you!

You can always bring your monetary donation to the Library or mail us at:

PO Box 130, Bethel ME 04217

Connect with Us
Calendar & Recent Events


Please click on each Event for more information.

Events include Story Time, GraceNote Book Clubs, Author Talks, NDEC classes, and craft programming. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more.

 Recent Events


We want to thank the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum for presenting a Museum Story Time!


Story Time has become a mainstay at the library. Wednesdays at 10 AM.

Library Blog

Staff & Trustees

Staff, Board & Trustees

Library Blog

Library Director

Kelcy Arciga

Assistant Librarians

  • Lee Hughes

  • Nancy Stowell-White

  • Suzanne Givhan

  • Betsy Raymond


  • Lucy Abbott

  • Nancy Brown

  • Amy Chapman

  • Darlene Beck

  • Susan Parker

  • Martha Siegel 

  • Paula Weisberger

  • John Walker

  • Tara Savage

  • Eliza Hazen



Bethel Library Association

6 Broad Street, Bethel, Maine 04217


Mailing Address: P.O. Box 130 Bethel ME 04217

Tel: 207.824.2520

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