Support the Library

As a community organization, Baxter Library relies on the involvement of our friends, patrons and Gorham residents. If you appreciate the services we provide, there are many ways that you can support the work of the library.


There are several ways to get involved at your library. The best way is to use it! Check out a movie, take part in a book discussion, sit in on a story time or listen in on an author book talk. We're here four nights a week and Saturdays so that you can enjoy our programs and services when it's most convenient for you.

Volunteers do many things to help us keep the library running smoothly, from shelving books to craft projects to gardening. The only limit is your imagination! To learn more about volunteering, call us at 222-1190 or ask at the front desk.

Please consider joining the Friends of Baxter Memorial Library as well. This membership association supports the library through programming, fundraising and volunteerism. [Learn more about the Friends of Baxter Memorial Library]

From time to time there are vacancies on our nine-member Board of Trustees. The Board is appointed by the Town Council. If you are interested in finding out more about being a Trustee, please call James Rathbun at 222-1190.


The library welcomes monetary donations and bequests. Past and present donors have given us the means to purchase books, furniture, shelving and other important and appreciated items. Our Library Director, James Rathbun, can answer any questions you have about making a financial gift to the library. [Read our Gift Policy]

If you would like to donate your used books to the library, please bring them to the front desk during regular library hours. When book donations arrive, we evaluate the condition, age and content of the books to determine their appropriateness for our collection. If for any reason we decide not to add the books to the library, they will be offered for purchase to the public during the annual BMLA Book Sale. We are unable to accept donations of textbooks, encyclopedias or Reader's Digest condensed sets.


Our patrons are our ambassadors to the community. If you love your library, say it loud and say it proud! Tell your friends about the fantastic books and movies you checked out at the library. Tell your neighbors how much fun you had with your kids at Story Time. Tell the Town Council members how much you appreciate library services and programs. If you want to ensure that your library survives for years to come, help spread the word about what we have to offer. YOU are our strongest advocate!

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