Transforming the 19th Century Rice Building into a 21st Library & Cultural Center
The Library has six full-time professional staff, including the Director, and Supervisors for Children’s Services, Technical Services, Circulation Services. Two additional Library assistants, several substitute employees, and a core of volunteers also support the mission.
A Sampling of Library Statistics & Services from 2019
- 4,117 card holders
- 61,036 library visits
- An annual circulation of 93,795 items
- A collection of 85,057 items including 57,076 print items, 3,633 audiobooks, 4,980 DVD/videos, as well as eBooks, eReaders, and Tumblebooks.
- In FY 2019, the Library offered 97 adult programs (total attendance 1,811) and 158 programs for children, and 23 Young Adult programs.
- In addition, library meeting space was used 14 times by community events.
- Other services include public computers and public WiFi, technology classes on topics ranging from using smart phones and tablets to building a website, navigating social media.
- An active schedule of off-site visits to Kittery schools, day care programs, and the after-school child care program, to the Kittery Estates and Meeting House Village Retirement Community and the Durgin Pines nursing home.
- A wide range of personalized services, such as assisting blind patrons in ordering Talking Books from the Library of Congress.
- A Museum Pass Program, sustained by an annual donation from the Friends of the Rice Public Library, offers patrons free or greatly reduced admission to eleven regional museums and internationally-recognized museums. The Rice Library is ranked #1 among all Maine libraries for the most museum pass use.