School Library & Public Library

This library is both the public library for the Town of Mount Desert and the school library for Mount Desert Elementary School.

Photocopying, Printing & Scanning

There is a copy machine for public use at the circulation desk on the first floor. Copies are $.25 each. The library’s public access computers can print black and white documents for $.25 each. The librarians can print color and double-sided documents for you at the same cost, email them to The copy machine can scan and email documents for you at no cost. Sorry, no faxing.

Computers & WiFi

The library has 5 public access computers for adults (4 Macs and 1 PC). We also have 3 computers in the children’s room and 2 in the young adult area. Computers are first come, first serve and there is a 30 minute time limit if others are waiting. We have 2 PC laptops and 4 ipads that can be checked out for use within the library. The library also offers free WiFi in the building and within the immediate vicinity.

Network: NEHLIB   Password: booklovers

Tech Help Appointments

Our librarians are available to assist with general technology questions, including those related to our own digital resources. Schedule an appointment up to 1 month in advance, or call 207-276-3333 for more information. Please bring the device(s) you are seeking assistance with to your appointment.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

We participate in a statewide inter-library loan system and can order nearly any book from other libraries within the state of Maine, as well as out-of-state. We receive deliveries twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Most items arrive in about one week. See more information about placing holds and inter-library loans at this link.

Study Rooms & Mellon Room

The library provides two small study rooms for private study or small meetings. To reserve a study room call the library. We also allow groups and organizations to use the Mellon Room during and after operating hours. To reserve the space, contact Zach Taibi at or call the library. See more information.

Digital Resources

cloudLibrary, a large collection of audiobooks and e-books, is available to libraries that belong to the Maine InfoNet consortium. Login using your NEHL cardnumber. With cloudLibrary, you can borrow up to 3 items at a time.

The Digital Maine Library (formerly Marvel!) provides access to full text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals and reference books to assist in research. If you have location sharing turned off, you may be asked to input your NEHL barcode to verify that you are a Maine user. Access to the Digital Maine Library is provided via the MaineInfo Net consortium.

Hoopla‘s collection includes audiobooks, e-books, graphic novels, music, television, documentaries, and films. Hoopla can be used in a browser or with the app. To create an account you will need to provide your NEHL card number and an email address; you will also choose a password for your Hoopla account. The library pays per item borrowed with Hoopla; you may borrow up to five items per month. Items in Hoopla are always available and there is no waitlist.

Mango Languages has over 72 courses of language learning programs, including special topics such as “Spanish for Librarians,” children’s programs, ESL programs, and Mango Premiere subtitled films. Mango can be accessed via web browser or app. You can use your NEHL card number to create an account with Mango.

We have both the print and digital subscription to the New York Times. Our digital subscription comes with membership of the Hancock County Download Library.

Access NYT from home: This link gives the user an access code that for 24 hours. You will need to create a free account or login with an existing New York Times account. Use this link for a new code every 24 hours.

Access NYT at the library: Onsite access is automatically granted when using the library’swifi network; visit You will need to create a free account or login with an existing New York Times account.

Overdrive is a digital collection of e-books, audiobooks and magazines. As a member of Hancock County Download Library, NEHL patrons have access to Overdrive. To access the Overdrive Collection via web browser or their app, Libby, create an account by selecting “Northeast Harbor Library” and using your NEHL card number. You may borrow up to 3 items at a time.

Archive & Digital Archive

Our archivist can help you with your archival research. We ask that you make an appointment. Please contact email, call the library or click the button below to make an archives appointment. Currently we are in the process of digitizing the items in our archive, to see what we’ve uploaded so far, visit our Maine Digital Library.

Museum Passes

We offer free passes to several museums – the Bangor Discovery Museum, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, and the Portland Museum of Art. Inquire at the desk for more information!

Monday through Friday: 9-6
Saturday: 9-5 (9-3 Dec – Mar)

Closed Sundays & Holidays

Booksale – Every Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30 – 5 (October – May); Wednesday and Thursday, 4 – 5:30 (June – September)

Our book sale is located in the basement and features gently used books, music CDs, audiobooks and DVDs. Pay by donation; all proceeds benefit the library! If you’d like to volunteer with the book sale, please contact Deb Crooks at

We also have books for sale in the front entrance year round, during all library operating hours.