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The Zadoc Long Free Library was a gift to the people of Buckfield by Secretary of the Navy John Davis Long and was built as a memorial to his father and mother: Zadoc Long and Julia Temple Davis. In 1900, Josephine Thomes sold to John D. Long, for the sum of $1.00, the lot of land that the library sets on today. John D. Long contacted his friend and architect John Calvin Stevens to design the building, which was completed in 1901.  Mr. Long and his relatives liberally supplied the library with books, resulting in a circulation of about 3,000 books, soon after it opened.  The Library was dedicated at the "Old Church on the Hill," during Buckfield's Old Home Week on August 17, 1901.  The Zadoc Library houses many historical items, such as "The King's Arm," a musket used during the French and Indian War (which has been fired every 4th of July since the news of The Declaration of Independence); a Civil War Drum; and portraits of the Long Family.​​​​​​

The Library was originally opened on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2 pm to 5 pm and from 7 pm to 9 pm to Buckfield residents only.  In 1964, the library also began serving the towns of Hartford and Sumner.  The library is now open 30 hours a week and houses about 10,240 items (including books, audio, and video items).  We also belong to a consortium through the Maine cloudLibrary, which offers over 26,000 downloadable e-books and audiobooks.



Our Library offers:

  • Interlibrary Loan

  • Wi-Fi and Computers

  • Printing and Photo Copies (25 cents per color page, 20 cents per black & white page)

  • Children's Story Time

  • Children's Summer Reading Program

  • Book Club

  • Fiber Arts group

  • Use of Maine State Library's cloudLibrary

  • Various Special Events (FMI check our events page or Facebook or call us at (207) 336-2171)


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