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Andover Public Library (Andover, Maine)

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Country  United States
Established  1899
Circulation  3,800
Area  1,214 m²
Architectural style  Octagon house
Type  Public
Size  12,000
Opened  1899
Phone  +1 207-392-4841
Andover Public Library (Andover, Maine)
Location  46 Church Street, Andover, Maine
Address  46 Church St, Andover, ME 04216, USA
Similar  Whitman Memorial Library, Bridge Academy Public Lib, Dalton Holmes Davis Me, Abbott Memorial Library, Calais Free Library

The Andover Public Library is located on Church Street in Andover, Maine, United States. Although a private library funded by subscription was founded in the town in 1795, it was not until the establishment of the Andover Public Library Association in 1891 that movement to a publicly-funded library began. It was originally quartered in a room of the Andover Town Hall, until 1943, when its present building was purchased from a Universalist church organization. The building is one of only two octagonal religious buildings known to have been built anywhere in Maine, and was probably the last building in the state built with inspiration from Orson Squire Fowler's promotion of octagonal buildings in the 19th century. On January 27, 1981, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The main block of the building is a wood frame structure resting on a granite foundation, with a hip roof clad in asphalt shingles. Its front and rear facades are slightly elongated, giving the building a roughly rectangular shape. It is clad in wooden clapboards, and has a single brick chimney rising at the rear of the building. An gable-roof entry vestibule projects from the main block, with the door sheltered by a gabled portico supported by decorative brackets.

The library is open four days per week, and offers internet access, wifi, and access to a variety of online databases.

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Andover Public Library (Andover, Maine) Wikipedia


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