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 in July & August 9:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.

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Date/Time: 6/29/2017 8:15 AM 

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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: Beardsley Zoo, 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, 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

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

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.

Encore Library Catalog
LCI online 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.

Temporary Shutdown of State Library's DeliverIT System

Due to the temporary shutdown of the State Library’s DeliverIT system, you can expect significant delays receiving items from other libraries.  We want to help! We can place holds on our own items for you. Submit your requests here. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us via phone or email. 860-342-6770 or plamalfa@portlandct.org

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

New Travel Database: Traveling somewhere this summer?: Checkout our new database from the Library, at home or on the road!  A to Z World Travel

Sign up for Summer Reading


Summer Reading Program 2017: 
Build a Better World

Sign up for our Summer Reading Program starting June 1st and start logging what you read on June 15th. Earn prizes right up to the end of summer reading on August 31!

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

Teen Summer Reading Program (grades 6 through 12)

Adult Summer Reading Program

Adult Summer Events at the Library

Build A Better World: 2017 Summer Reading at the Portland Library

When you sign up for the 2017 Adult Summer Reading Program, you receive a coupon for a free book from the Friends Book Sale. If you read and log 2,000 pages over the summer, you get another coupon for an additional book.
Registration begins June 1st and June 15th you can start logging books!

For every 250 pages the Adult Summer Reading participants of Portland Library log as a group, the library will donate money for 1 book to Books For Africa, working to end the book famine in Africa and the largest shipper of library books to the African continent , shipping over 37 million books to 49 different countries since 1988.  The project  in Eastern Congo works with the local communities to put books into the hands of more children and youth in Eastern Congo, helping to provide them with a better quality education.  

Together we can build a better world! click here for more info



Monday July 24th at 6:30 p.m.  Kitchen Gardens

The traditional kitchen garden, also known as a potager  (French) or a kailyaird (Scottish), is a source of herbs, vegetables and fruits typically placed near the house for easy access to the harvest.  Lawrence  Davis-Hollander, an ethnobotanist, garden writer and gardener will explore this kind of garden. He was founder and Director of the Eastern Native Seed Conservancy, and author of “Tomato: A fresh-from-the-vine cookbook.” He writes for Heirloom Gardener, Grit, and Yankee magazines and is a principal of Dandelion Gardening Arts.  Registration Requested!
An Adult Summer Reading Program sponsored by the Friends of Portland Library. Thank you for your support!

Online Resources



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!

Learning Express Library

Learning Express
Learning Express Library

It features skill building tools for reading, writing, math, and science. There is test preparation for high school equivalency and college admissions exams. The workplace resources include tools for job searching, exploring new careers, and preparing for occupational licensing exams.  Change your life today with LearningExpress Library! 

LINK TO LearningExpress Library

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!

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