Artist’s rendering of a concert in the new Community Room

Artist’s rendering of a concert in the new Community Room



  • Extension Wing

    The 21st century addition to the historic Jesup, and the future home of its programs, technology, archive, special collections, meeting space, services for children and teens, makerspace, and more.


  • Community Room

    Reconfigurable space for community events, performances and presentations, with capacity for up to 150 people.


  • Controlled Access Archives

State-of-the-art archive for the Jesup's historical collections. Temperature and humidity controlled, and outfitted with special shelving for document storage.

  • Reading Room

The stunning, historic Reading Room we know and love, restored and preserved for future generations.


  • Makerspace

    A flexible workspace for people of all ages to foster creativity and entrepreneurship, utilizing technology ranging from a sewing machine to a 3D printer.

  • Rotunda Greeting Area

    Lower floor Rotunda with original marble mosaic floor, joining the new Meeting Room and staff offices to the rest of the library with space for art display.

  • Special Collections/Genealogy Study

    A home for the Jesup's special collections, unique holdings and historical information pertaining to the Island.

  • Storytime

    Reading area with tiered seating and large windows devoted to storytimes and performances for children.

  • Young Adult Collection & Media Lounge - taken 

    The Kirsten Stockman Room: Space for teens to hang out and to connect, separate from younger children and adults. Includes a laptop bar, diner booth, sprawl chairs and couches that can be arranged however teens want.


  • Commons Area

    Open space with rotating art display between the historic building and new extension, suited for casual conversations over light refreshments, coworking, study and more.

  • Quiet Study Bridge

    This bridge from the old building to the new provides space for quiet study with views of the mountains.


  • Archive – taken

    The Deasy Room: A central space within the archive devoted to historical research with work tables, a scanner, and computers for genealogical research.

  • Children's Room - taken

    The James and Jane MacLeod Room: New children's area offering more books and more places for children to read, learn and play, including space for craft and music programs and both low-tech and high-tech equipment to use.

  • Meeting Room/Classroom

    Wired meeting space for community use of up to 24 people with multimedia, technology and exterior access.

  • New Entrance Plaza

    Expanded entrance area facing Mount Desert Street, flanked by the large Story Time windows and the historic Jesup building.

  • Periodicals Room - taken

    The Rachel Carson Periodicals Room: The library's "living room," a comfortable and elegant space to peruse newspapers, magazines and journals, with space for art displays.

  • Poetry Panel (artwork over stairs in extension)

    Acoustic fabric panel installed above the stairs and inscripted with a poem.

  • Public Computing

    A room devoted to digital access outfitted with desktop computers and lounge furniture for laptop users plus space for computer use training.


  • Bookstore – taken

    Second (or third) lives for loved books - now housed within the library.

  • Elevator

    An elevator to finally provide complete accessibility to the entire building.

  • Nonfiction Collection

    The lower level collection space that will house the library's nonfiction books.


  • Administrative Offices

    Where the magic happens: facilities for staff to plan and deliver the services and programs you love!

  • Archivist Desk

    Where historians and researchers go to connect with history in the Jesup's collections.

  • Fiction Collection Balcony

    Preserved and restored reading space in the historic Reading Room.

  • Genre Collections

    More collection space devoted to mystery, science fiction, and other special fiction genres.

  • Main Circulation Desk - taken

    Where library users check out and return books, get help finding a title, learn about programs and more.

  • Lower Rotunda Gallery

    Lower floor Rotunda with original marble mosaic floor, joining the new Meeting Room and staff offices to the rest of the library with space for art display.

  • Reading Garden

    A space to sit and read beneath the trees.

  • South Entry Plaza

    The new Kavanaugh Place entrance, surrounded by landscaped green space for strolling and reading.

  • West Garden

    Gardens outside the historic Jesup for butterflies, pollinators, and patrons to enjoy.

  • Staircase

    A suspended staircase connecting the Commons with the main level.