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Become a Friend of Mechanics' Hall!

Membership supports our library, year-round programming, and restorations of our historic building.

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Support Mechanics' Hall by joining as a member!

Mechanics’ Hall has three basic levels of membership: Individual, Family & Sustaining. All levels include use of the library reading areas, ability to check out books, a subscription to the newsletter, library WiFi access, and free admission to most Hall-sponsored programming.
Student - Free with valid student ID. Call ahead to schedule your visit: (207) 773-8396. We'll just need to see your student ID and have you fill out a paper application. The library is currently only open for pick-up service, but as soon as you're a member, you can order your books for pick-up!
Individual - $50/year. Includes use of library: ability to check-out books as well as use reading areas, WiFi for work and on premise research once we fully reopen, free admission to Makers at the Hall & Maker Mixes, monthly emailed programming updates, and a subscription to our bi-annual newsletter.
Family - $75/year. Includes all benefits of an individual membership but for members of your immediate family as well.
Sustaining - $100/year. All benefits of a family membership but with 10% off Hall venue rentals as well. Joining at the Sustaining level allows us to put more of your membership dues towards the Hall maintenance fund.

Sustaining 2020 - $200+/year. All the benefits of a Sustaining Membership plus special acknowledgement on our donor scroll at our annual fall fundraiser, The Sparrow Lecture. 2020 is the year our historic library turns 200. It is also the year in which we are facing a global pandemic that will transform our creative making community in ways we simply cannot imagine. Help ensure that Mechanics’ Hall can support our community through this crisis and on the other side. Give what you can. And thank you.

Your membership gift supports our library, year-round programming including Maine Kids Code, Makers at the Hall, First Friday author talks, reduced rental rates for small nonprofits, as well as the ongoing restoration and maintenance of our historic building.


The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association was founded in 1815 by prominent business- and tradesmen. The mechanics of that era were stonemasons, blacksmiths, bakers, hatters, coopers, carpenters, and other skilled tradesmen. These mechanics, along with their apprentices, helped build the City of Portland.

While our membership has changed over the centuries, the pride of being part of this association has never changed. Today’s Mechanics are members of the Creative Economy, which includes crafts people, artisans, and entrepreneurs as well as digital innovators.

Membership in today’s Mechanics’ Hall can link you to others in your profession and make you part of a large, diverse group of individuals who share your love of Portland and creative making.

Mechanics' Hall inspires and enriches the community by promoting ingenuity, creativity, innovation, and the diffusion of useful knowledge.