Services & Information
The library's collection includes adult fiction and nonfiction; a parenting section; board books; picture books; early readers (for those children learning to read); first chapter books; graphic novels; kids’ and young adult fiction and nonfiction; DVD’s; and audiobooks.
Search and reserve library items online by clicking the link to the library's online catalog on the left.
We also provide board games and puzzles for patrons to check out.
Download free audio books and e-books at cloudLibrary by bibliotheca. Your Library Card ID is the number on your library card. Your Password/PIN is either something you set when you first logged in, or the phone number you provided when you signed up for a library card. It seems that a bunch of different formats work for your phone number, but if you're having trouble, try this format: "
The library is a geocaching spot!
Geocaching is using a GPS to locate specific containers, called geocaches, at certain coordinates worldwide! Find the container to sign the logbook within, and take an item from the geocache.
Visit the library and become a sleuth to find it's hidden geocache!
The library is also a Pokémon Go stop, also known as a Pokéstop!
Download the Pokémon Go application on your phone to locate and capture virtual Pokémon. Visit the library to get rewards!
Join us for preschool story time every Monday from 10-11am, where we listen to stories, sing songs, participate in finger plays, and work on a craft. Shakers, bells, bubbles, and puppets may also make an appearance!
During special occasions, we may serve snacks before or after the craft. If your child has food allergies, please let Caroline, the library director, know in advance so she may plan accordingly.
Many story time participants play with LEGOs, blocks, and other toys we have in the children's room after story time.
Check out the website "Get Ready to Read!" for some excellent early literacy resources! Find the link here: http://getreadytoread.org/.
February Reading Program (“February Flurry”): A week-long reading program for children and adults. The library provides crafts all week, and prizes and books are awarded for reading and being read to.
February Patron Appreciation Week: In cooperation with local libraries (Salmon Falls Library, Berry Memorial Library and Waterboro Public Library), a sweet treat is provided all week. Materials are provided to create Valentine cards.
Summer Reading Program: A summer reading program for children and adults. In cooperation with local libraries (Salmon Falls Library, West Buxton Public Library and Waterboro Public Library), weekly prizes and books are awarded for reading and being read to. Crafts and other participatory activities are provided. All four libraries collaborate for an end-of-program celebration.
Funds for the summer reading program are graciously provided by the Narragansett Number One Foundation. This nonprofit corporation donates to other nonprofit 501(c)(3) public organizations in Buxton and the surrounding areas. For more information, visit http://www.nnof.org/.
Check out the library's Facebook page for upcoming events and the most current information at https://www.facebook.com/Hollis-Center-Public-Library-168908416499389/.
Technology for public use
- 4 Windows desktop computers
- A Windows laptop for borrowing
- Color and black and white printing
- WiFi access to the internet both inside and outside the library
- Outgoing fax services
- Scanning services
Search for your ancestors using ancestry.com's library edition by ProQuest. This must be used in the library only; there is no remote access.
All library items are borrowed for two weeks. Items may be renewed in person or by calling the library during open hours. All items are renewable unless the item has been reserved by another person.
A limit of 4 DVD's per family may be borrowed at a time.
The Hollis Center Public Library provides materials and services to help community residents obtain information to meet their educational, personal and technological needs. The Library serves as an educational and recreational resource for all residents of the town.
Ways You Can Help
The library accepts donations of books (any type except encyclopedias and dictionaries), DVD's, and audiobooks in good condition. The library will add donations to its collection whenever possible, and reserves the right to add donations to its book sale or Amazon online sale if not added to the collection.
The library also collects used printer cartridges and cell phones for the Buxton/Hollis Garden Club. The money raised supports the Horticultural scholarship for a Bonny Eagle High School Senior.
Thanks for thinking about volunteering! Meet Caroline, the library director, to discuss interests and availability. Join our dedicated group of volunteers to do one or more of the following tasks:
- Train to work behind the desk, checking books in and out.
- Process newly acquired books.
- Shelve returned books.
- Check the shelves to make sure items are in alphabetical order and facing the right direction.
- Keep the library clean, tidy, and safe, inside and out.
- Weed the collection so we have more space for new items.
- Other projects. There are always more projects. Always.
Hollis Center Public Library is registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the name Hollis Center Library Association. All donations are tax deductible. Make checks out to "Hollis Center Library Association".
Suggest a New Program or Item
We welcome suggestions for programs and requests for new books and other items! Stop by, call us, or send us an email with your thoughts.
- Caroline Nickerson
Board of Trustees members
- Angela Mackie, Chair
- Mary Hoffman
- Kathleen Kendrick
- Heidi Lynch
- Paul Nickerson
- Barbara Sheahan
- John Sheahan
Hollis Center Library Association officers
- Jennie Metcalf, President
- Meredith Fuller, Vice President
- Ellen Havu, Secretary
- Elaine Ballute, Treasurer