Location & Contact

The History Room is located on the second floor of the Patten Free Library, accessible by stair and elevator.


12 PM – 4 PM, Monday-Thursday & Saturday*

(Saturday hours are 10 AM – 1 PM in the summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Closed Fridays and Sundays.

(207) 443-5141 ex. 18

History Room
Patten Free Library
33 Summer St.
Bath, ME 04530

History Room Services

Reference librarians in the History Room can help you:

  • Find books, articles, videos, and primary sources related to local history & genealogy
  • Plan a method for approaching your research
  • Access items from the historical collections
  • Learn to use online indexes and databases
  • Obtain study copies and quality reproductions (see the History Room Reproduction Policy).
  • Introduce primary sources to K-12 classes and student groups
  • Select an appropriate home for your own historical collections

 If you are unable to visit us and you have a local history or genealogy question:

  • Staff will print and scan an obituary or newspaper article from microfilm for a fee of $5.00 per item.
  • Staff will look up the answer to a question in published sources (up to a 15 minute search).
  • Bath Historical Society offers research services using collections in the History Room.
  • Maine State Library provides a directory of professional genealogists.
  • Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. researches the history of houses in Sagadahoc County as part of their House Plaque program.
  • Many local historical organizations can connect you with historians who are interested in consulting on articles, reports, and other projects.

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History Room Hours & Staff


Monday-Thursday 12 PM – 4 PM

Saturday 12 PM – 4 PM (Fall, Winter, Spring), 10 AM – 1 PM (Summer, Memorial Day – Labor Day)

Closed Fridays.


207-443-5141 x 1018

Mary Kate Kwasnik, Archivist & Special Collections Librarian

Jack Martin, Reference Librarian

Video Tour of the History Room


Photo Gallery

History Room Photo Gallery