Jay-Niles Memorial Library

983 Main Street
North Jay, ME 04262



It is the mission of Jay-Niles Memorial Library to provide and support all possible plans and materials that will lead to maximum library service for the greatest number of persons seeking information, meeting their recreational, educational, and professional needs. The Jay-Niles Memorial Library serves as a learning and educational center for all residents of its community.

About Us:

In 1917, the Niles family of North Jay, had the Jay-Niles Memorial Library built in memory of their parents, Veranus and Mehitable Niles and in honor of their sister, Eliza. It was built for approximately $ 50,000 and housed about 1,000 books. Today it houses over 33,000 items and is worth in excess of $ 1,000,000 dollars.

In 1918, for the sum of $ 1.00 and other valuable considerations, the Niles family sold the library to the town of Jay and its' inhabitants, to be used as a public library.

Today, Jay-Niles Memorial Library is a small, progressive, public library housing a collection of over 33,000 items, including books, audio books, videos, DVD's, music CD's, large print books,magazines, a reference collection and other materials. It is a very active and social library circulating over 53,000 items a year to over 21,000 visitors.

The library houses 6 public computer terminals with internet access, one computer terminal dedicated to access of the library's collection and two terminals for circulation. The library has been fully automated since 1995.

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