Stephen Phillips Memorial Library

Research library at Penobscot Marine Museum

The Stephen Phillips Memorial Library serves as the museum’s research center, providing access to books, manuscripts, photographs, nautical charts, maps, and boat plans. In addition to our strong collections in maritime history, with an emphasis on mid-coast Maine, we also have important collections in Maine history and genealogy.

Our library is at 9 Church Street in Searsport. The library does not lend materials: all research is conducted in the reading room, which is handicapped-accessible.

To check the Phillips Library’s catalogued holdings, you may search the  Catalog database. We are one of two libraries in the database from Waldo County.


Tuesday through Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Closed all major U.S. holidays

Please be sure to schedule your visit in advance by calling 207-548- 2529 ext. 212.

Research Inquiries

There is a flat $25.00 charge for inquiries that take more than a few minutes to answer. Photocopies are 25 cents per page.