St. Joe’s Free Little Library

Free Little Library at St. Joseph Hospital

“We read to grow our mind and feed our spirit.”

These two things—mind and spirit—are essential pieces to the holistic well-being we advocate so strongly for. Many people use reading as a way of tending to the mind and soul. By turning pages, we learn interesting facts, go on fun adventures, and find the words our hearts need to hear.

When the idea to open a community library struck, the response was easy: Let’s do it!

In July of 2021, with the help of book donors and local artist, Liam Reading, we introduced St. Joe’s Free Little Library to our community. It’s located outside our hospital’s Main Entrance and allows readers to pass along their treasured books for the next person to enjoy. We’d also like to thank Sandy Nesin, VP of Accountable Care Operations & Population Health Strategy, and her husband for sharing the idea and coordinating the build of St. Joe’s own little library.

How does the library work?

The books are free and available to all members of our community. Take a book and enjoy—it’s as simple as that. We ask that you be courteous of future readers by only taking a few at a time. The library is replenished periodically with books donated by fellow readers.

How can I donate my books?

Donated books can be delivered to the information desk located in the lobby of the hospital’s Main Entrance. The books will be inspected for condition and labeled with our unique sticker. If you have a question about donating books, please contact Renée Peterson at (207) 907-1794 or

Do I have to return the books?

We do not require books to be returned, only enjoyed! Once finished, we encourage you to pass the book to another reader, either through our library or elsewhere. Search for other Free Little Libraries near you here:

Will this library be available year-round?

This library is seasonal. It will be taken down in the fall and returned in the spring.