Reference Room

In The Library

Ask our Staff! We are trained professionals who take pleasure in doing our job. Please ask us and we will either get the information for you or point you in the direction to find it. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU, and WE ARE PERSISTENT!

Genealogy & Local History: We house local and state historical documents such as books, records, oral history recordings, and MDI Historical society periodicals that contain both circulating and non-circulating items.

Sawtelle Files: This is a collection of documents which record the much of the local family genealogy of Southwest Harbor and nearby towns.

Historic Photograph Collection: We are privileged to house an amazing collection of historic photographs donated to us by local photographers such as W.H. Ballard, Bryant Bradley, George A. Neal, and Henry L. Rand. An outstanding group of volunteers is creating a digital database that already houses over 2,500 images. They are adding more images every day. We have a computer dedicated solely historic photographs that patrons can use to search these images and order prints as well.

Online

Marvel Database

Marvel (http://libraries.maine.edu/mainedatabases/) Maine’s Virtual Library - is a series of databases that are portals, provided by the state, to published material owned by commercial enterprises that offer access to magazines, newspapers, manuscripts etc. online. Some examples include the NY Times, Nature, ERIC, Masterfile Premier, and Novelist – a reader advisory website. These exclusive databases and paying online subscriptions are FREE to card-holding patrons. 

Maine State Library Digital Literacy (http://www.maine.gov/msl/digital/index.shtml) This is a unique website created to provide Maine residents easy access to a vast collection of FREE online learning courses, career services, health information, government information, business and legal advice as well as resources for digital literacy. The Information Commons is an initiative of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP) from which our library received four desktop computers and two laptops to serve the public.

Ancestry.com (www.ancestrylibrary.com) This is an online genealogy resource that Library patrons can logon to for FREE using a computer located in the library. Ancestry Library Edition is available ONLY from within at public library. There is NO access from home like other Marvel resources. Visit the Ancestry Library Edition Resources page from more information.

Traditions & Records of Southwest Harbor and Somesville by Mrs. Seth S. Thornton
Digital Edition
50th Anniversary Edition published for the Southwest Harbor Public Library, by the Acadia Publishing Company, Bar Harbor, Maine, 1988. Nellie Carroll Thornton's wonderful history of the area was originally published in 1938. The online edition is searchable by any keyword of interest to you, such as a house or family name.

Maine: An Encyclopedia (http://maineanencyclopedia.com) Since 2001 the Encyclopedia has evolved from a CD-ROM with several hundred articles and images; to a DVD with over a thousand articles, several thousand images, and some video clips; to the current version with more than . . . 1,760 articles, 5,000 resource citations, 4,800 images, 100 video clips, and thousands of internal links to related materials.