AUGUSTA — Lithgow Public Library will open at 9 a.m. Monday in its new, temporary home at the Ballard Center, the former MaineGeneral Medical Center site on 6 E. Chestnut St. The reopening comes a month after the library closed its doors and began shifting all 65,000 materials to the former hospital site across the Kennebec River.

The library’s 120-year-old building at State and Winthrop streets is undergoing an $11 million, 18-month expansion project.

In its temporary location, the library will resume its regular hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

All the regular programs and services will be offered at the new location, including children’s programs and book discussion groups in a program space down the hall from the library, according to a press release from Elizabeth Pohl, library director.

There is a book drop near the main entrance to the Ballard Center.

Library patrons can park on Arsenal Street and enter at the Arsenal Street entrance, and signs will direct them to the elevators leading to the main lobby and library entrance.

Handicap-accessible parking spots are available near the main lobby entrance on East Chestnut Street.

For more information, call Lithgow Library at 626-2415 or visit

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