The Wells Public Library’s Reference Librarian is glad to assist you in finding the most helpful and appropriate sources for your research or reference needs. The library has a well-stocked reference department including many books, local history materials, online resources including recommended web sites, periodicals, newspapers and the internet.
Our library is part of the Minerva Consortium which permits library staff and patrons to search the online catalog and borrow over 6 million items. Patrons may schedule an appointment with the Reference Librarian to learn how to search for and request items.
We offer our patrons a free connection to many online magazines and newspapers via the Marvel databases. Using Marvel, patrons can search for and download full articles from magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals and online reference sources. Some of the resources you can access with Marvel include: Consumer Reports, Maine Newspapers, Valueline Investment Survey, Time, Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, Encyclopedia Britannica, Medline Plus, ERIC, and the Literature Resource Center.
We have a collection of information about Wells and surrounding towns, York County and the State of Maine. We have many sources for your local history or genealogical research including in-library access to Ancestry.com, Town Reports, Wells High School yearbooks, vital records, cemetery inscriptions, marriage records, Maine wills, information about historical buildings in Wells, newspaper clippings and pamphlets, and some old maps. If we don't have what you need, we can refer you to other libraries, historical societies and museums in our area.
As part of the Southern Maine Library District, Southern Maine residents are able to apply for a free Portland Public Library card at our library. With a Portland Public Library card patrons have access to many additional online resources including: downloadable audio and e-books, an online auto and small engine repair reference center, genealogy databases, online foreign language instruction, testing resources and business and research materials.
We welcome you to our library and will gladly assist you with all of your reference needs. Please feel free to call, email or stop by today!
Wells Public Library
1434 Post Road
Wells, Maine 04090
207-646-8181 ext. 205