About Us

About Us
We are the public library for Union, Maine, and serve the surrounding towns of Appleton, Hope, Warren, Washington, Waldoboro, and Friendship. We offer books, movies, magazines, audiobooks, and ebooks for borrowing. We have public computers, wireless internet access, and printing/photocopying (black and white, $.10/sheet). We have programs and events for our community and hold several fundraisers per year. All are welcome to visit the library and use our materials while here, even without a library card. We hope to see you soon!

The mission of Vose Library is to advance learning, inspire curiosity, enrich lives, and promote community.

A community engaged in lifelong learning.

Building Use Policy/Application Form .docx or .pdf
Card Application .pdf or .doc
Child Safety & Vulnerable Adults Policy
Circulation Policy
Closure Policy
Computer and Internet Policy
Display Space/Bulletin Board
Ereader Instructions and Policy .pdf or .doc
Exhibit Policy
Patron Behavior Policy
Vose Library Bylaws rev. 2012

Some History
Vose Library was founded in 1931 with the bequest of a collection of books and $5000 from Helen Ayer Vose, a school teacher who was born in Union. The Vose Library was first located on the second floor of the Vose building, above a local business. In 1938, it was moved to the Masonic Block where it inhabited a small corner of the local grocery store. In 1976 the library was relocated to the newly-renovated Robbins House in space rented from the Union Historical Society. In 1999 a capital campaign was begun to raise funds for a “home of our own,” and in early 2011 the library moved into its own new building just down the street at 392 Common Road.


Dogs with Sun

Vose Library has two pieces by Maine artist Bernard Langlais on display, in partnership with Colby College and the Kohler Foundation. More Langlais works can be seen on the Langlais Art Trail at other cultural institutions. The Kohler Foundation has an overview, slideshow, and video on their Langlais page.




Vose Library is the fortunate recipient of a work of art from Joseph Fiore’s “Rock Paintings” collection.  The artwork was a gift from the Maine Farmland Trust, in collaboration with the Falcon Foundation. The library will display Fiore’s artwork, “Rock with Pictograph,” above our Craftsmanship and Design Collection, which features professional-level resources for the artists and craftspeople of our area and across the state. We hope this generous gift will inspire all generations to appreciate and learn more about Maine’s geological history, rich farming tradition, and natural beauty.

Joseph Fiore (1925-2008) was an acclaimed avant-garde artist known for his abstract compositions.  He also was an environmentalist, drawing key inspiration for his art from the natural world.  Between 1975 and 1987, Fiore produced a collection of Rock Paintings, also called the Geological Works, inspired by geology and rocks.




Nature Trail Project – We are working to build a public Nature Trail on library grounds. Read more on our Nature Trail page.

Garden Map – Take a look at the plants we have in our front garden, maintained by our fabulous volunteers.