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.


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Date/Time: 5/22/2018 6:12 AM 

Digital Library

Overdrive for eBooks

OneClick Digital link



ENCORE, our online catalog
LCI online catalogLibrary Connection is a consortium of 30 libraries (including Portland Library) that share a library catalog and resources.
Click here to go to the catalog.

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




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.


Click on the Zinio for Libraries logo at left.

NEW ONLINE SERVICE - Zinio Magazines: 

For anyone holding a valid Portland Library card, a new collection of more than 60 online popular magazines is now available through ONE CLICK Digital. Use the Zinio for Libraries 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. EBooks are also available through One Click.  Visit the Library’s webpage at www.portlandlibraryct.org and find the links and instructions to use these services and many more, available 24/7. Or call 860-342-6770 for more information.


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!

Museum Passes
Museum Passes

The Friends of the Portland Library sponsors the Museum Pass program. 
Stop by and pick up a flyer or click HERE.
Click here  to view a list of museums, then select a date to visit. 

 Click here to view a calendar, select a date to visit, then the system will show all available museum passes for that date. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What  passes may  I  use?  Charges subject to change.  Please check the individual pass for accuracy.
FreeConnecticut's Old State House, Connecticut River Museum, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Florence Griswold Museum, Kidcity Children’s Museum, Lutz Children’s Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, New England Air Museum, New Haven Museum, No Child Left Inside, and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

Reduced rates: Beardsley Zoo, Children’s Museum/Roaring Brook Nature Center, Imagine Nation Museum, Maritime Aquarium and Imax, The Mark Twain House & Museum, Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration, Mystic Seaport, Peabody Museum, and Roger Williams Park and Zoo.

Coupon:  Connecticut Science Center; 20% discount off general admission for up to four people while supplies last.

Who may borrow the museum passes?

Patrons must be 18 or over, registered in Library Connection, Portland Library's circulation system, and in good standing to check out museum passes.  For more information about registering for museum passes, contact the Portland Library.

How can I make a reservation?  
You can make a reservation online, by telephone or in person at the Library.

How do I make an online reservation?
1)  To make a reservation, Click here.  When a list of the museums appears, click on the graphic for the desired museum. 
2)  You will then select a date to use the pass. You will need your Library Card Number in order to reserve a pass. 

How far in advance may I reserve a pass?
Passes may be reserved up to one month in advance. 

What does the pass allow me to do?
The passes allow for a set number of people to attend the museum for a reduced rate or for free admission. Each museum, zoo, or aquarium sets forth its own conditions.

Printable passes
Many of our passes are now available to print when the pass is reserved.  A patron may print the printable pass and take it to the museum for entrance or to receive the discounted price.  These printable passes do not need to be returned to the Portland Library.  If the pass is printable, we will no longer issue a standard pass that needs to be returned.  If a patron does not have access to a printer, Library Staff will print out the pass for the patron.
Printable passes:  Children’s Museum/Roaring Brook Nature Center, Connecticut’s Old State House, 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, Mystic Seaport, New Britain Museum of American Art, New England Air Museum, New Haven Museum, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Roger Williams Park Zoo, and Wadsworth Atheneum

How do I pick up the nonprintable pass?
You may pick up your pass at the Information Desk after 9:00 am on the day of your reservation (The Library opens at 10:00 am so please ring the Library's bell between 9:00 am and 10:00 am).  Your pass may be available after 4:00 pm on the day prior to your trip.  If you desire the pass the day prior to your visit, please telephone ahead to ensure availability. 
Nonprintable passes:  Beardsley Zoo, KidCity Children’s Museum, Maritime Aquarium & Imax, Mystic Aquarium, and No Child Left Inside/State Parks & Forests’ Day Pass

When does the nonprintable museum pass need to be returned?
The pass must be returned by midnight of the reservation day (the day of your visit to the museum).  Other patrons may be waiting to use it and a $10.00 per day fine will be charged for late passes. Please contact the Library if you have any questions.

Coupon: Connecticut Science Center.  You may pick up the coupon at time after reserving the pass.  The coupon does not need to be returned to the Library.

How do I cancel a reservation?
If you reserve a pass and change your plans, please contact the Library in advance to cancel your reservation.   Thank you. 

May I borrow a pass on a day that the Library is closed?
Yes, if you wish to visit a museum on a day that the Library is closed, please contact the Library to arrange to pick up the nonprintable pass on the day prior to the Library's closed day(s).  Printable passes may be printed prior to the visit day.  For more information, please contact the Portland Library.

For more information, please contact the Portland Library.

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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!