Portland Public Library   


Portland Library
20 Freestone Avenue
Portland, CT 06480
Tel:  860-342-6770

Mon-Thurs 10:00a.m.- 8:00p.m. 
Fri & Sat    10:00a.m.- 5:00p.m.
Saturdays July 7 - August 25 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m.

Digital Library

Overdrive for eBooks

Read ebooks! Listen to audio books! Watch videos!
With your Portland Library card and an OverDrive app, you can borrow/place holds on 10 titles. Enjoy!

The digital media service that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, ebooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. Hundreds of thousands of titles are available to choose from, with more being added daily. You must have a valid Portland Library card to set up an account on Hoopla and you may borrow up to 5 items a month.

Online Magazines
For anyone holding a valid Portland Library card, a new collection of more than 60 online popular magazines is now available through RBDigital. Use the RBDigital mobile app to read your magazines and check out magazines. You may keep the magazines on your device as long as you wish.  With no limit to the number who may check out an issue, the magazine you want is always available.   



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Date/Time: 7/21/2018 4:38 PM 

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The Library Catalog          Library Connection is a consortium of 30 libraries (including Portland Library) that share a library catalog and resources.  Click here to go to the catalog.

Summer Saturday hours: July 7th - August 25th

Summer Saturday hours starting July 7th:         9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Stop by in the morning on your way to the beach! Summer Saturdays starts July 7th and runs through August 25th!

Treasures of Connecticut Libraries: Portland archiv
es and photographs: search here

Early Literacy is the topic for this month's podcast by This is Us Portland! Our own Youth Services Librarian Jennifer Renk is the featured speaker. Click here to listen!

Summer Reading Programs 2018: 

Libraries Rock!

Sign up begins June 4th and logging of books starts June 21st!  Read, participate in library events, do some challenges and collect prizes all summer long! Click on the banners below to sign up or log in! 

Children's Summer Reading Program (ages 0 to Grade 5)

Teen Summer Reading Program (Grades 6 to Grade 12)

Adult Summer Reading Program  

Series & Author suggestions: Find a good book!

Take a look at
NoveList for suggestions on books of different genres and for books in series order. 

Adult Library Events

Drumming Circle

Town Green Wednesday August 1st
6:30 p.m.

This joint program for kids and adults will be led by Mark Zirrillo, whose knowledge of West African music and culture, and more than forty years of drumming experience, will inspire you. Learn basic techniques ending with a drumming sequence. Drums will be supplied. No prior experience necessary.

In case of inclement weather this program will be moved to the Waverly Center and space will be limited.

Registration is suggested and begins on June 4 at 10:00 a.m.
Online Resources


How much are the Library's services and materials actually worth to you?
Click the calculator on the left and input the average amount of materials borrowed, services used, and programs attended at the Portland Library.  The value of all those "free" activities may surprise you!

Library Programs

Want to attend a Portland Library program?
Many of the programs at the Portland Library require registration.
To register for a program, telephone the Library, ask at the Library's Information Desk, or click on CALENDAR.

Program Information:  ADULT, CHILDREN, and TEEN!

Printable Museum Passes
Museum Passes Available at the Portland Library!
Portland Library now offers more convenience to its popular museum pass service.  Fifteen of its 20 passes are now printable passes.  When you reserve a pass online, a printable pass may be generated at that point.  You take the printable pass to the participating museum or zoo for entrance or to receive a discount.  The printable pass does not need to be returned to the Portland Library.
The remaining passes will be checked out using the standard procedures.  These nonprintable passes must be returned by midnight of the reservation day (the day of your visit to the museum) since other patrons may be waiting to use the pass the next day.

Printable passes: Children’s Museum/Roaring Brook Nature Center, Connecticut River Museum, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Florence Griswold Museum, Imagine Nation Children’s Museum, Lutz Children’s Museum, Mark Twain House, Mattatuck Museum, Mystic Seaport, New Britain Museum of American Art, New England Air Museum, New Haven Museum, Peabody Museum of Natural History,  and Wadsworth Atheneum

Nonprintable passes:  Beardsley Zoo, KidCity Children’s Museum, Maritime Aquarium & Imax, Mystic Aquarium, No Child Left Inside/State Parks & Forests’ Day Pass and Roger Williams Park Zoo,

Coupon: Connecticut Science Center
Reserve passes online or request that staff reserve the pass for you at the Library’s Information Desk.  Instructions are given on the web page.  

The Friends of the Portland Library supports the museum pass service.
Please contact the Portland Library at 860-342-6770 for additional information.