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.

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: 4/25/2018 5:40 PM 

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Library Connection is a consortium of 30 libraries (including Portland Library) that share a library catalog and resources.
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Special Programs

Monday April 30th @ 7:00 p.m.
Sarah Harris: Bringing Antarctica home! 

Sarah Harris, a Portland Middle School teacher and 2008 Portland High School graduate, recently had the opportunity to travel to Antarctica as a 2017 National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. Each year, the Grosvenor Fellowship program sends 35 educators from across North America to remote places around the globe to engage in hands-on professional learning and bring their experiences back to the classroom. While in Antarctica, Sarah encountered penguins, whales, and seals, worked closely with National Geographic naturalists, biologists, and photographers, collected still and video footage, and maintained a blog to share her expedition with her students, colleagues, family, and friends. Please join us at the Portland Library at 7:00 p.m. on April 30 as Sarah shares her experiences on the 'White Continent'. Registration Requested!

Local Author Series 2018: Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
May 15th: Frank Connolly, author of Hidden Agendas: Inside Town Hall

Local Government: fact vs. fiction
 Portland resident Frank Connolly’s latest book, Hidden Agendas: Inside Town Hall,  is a fictitious novel on local government politics. Frank Connolly has spent his entire career in local government in Connecticut.  He was Town Manager of North Branford, Newington, and Coventry, and was Coventry’s first Town Planner.  He has also worked as the School Business Official for Stonington and Rocky Hill, as well as for other Boards of Education.

His novel, Hidden Agenda: Inside Town Hall, reveals just how tangled and involved small-town politics can become. It follows the volatile trail of a proposed land use development in the fictional Connecticut Town of Covingford. The novel involves the roles of the Town Manager, his staff, politics, and numerous town boards.
Tension builds as Janet Johnson, local news reporter, provides keen insight into the many political shenanigans as she shines light on several hidden agendas.  As this inquisitive local reporter digs, her articles raise questions on the vacant land, adding fuel to the enraged neighbors. Letters to the editor further accelerate the charged atmosphere as Covingford becomes a battleground. Everyone has a side, and every side has its own hidden agenda. The stakes rise, and drastic maneuvers are undertaken. The surprise ending stuns everyone.
Copies of his books will be available for sale.

June 12th: Katherine Spada Basto, author of  Days to the Gallows, a novel of the Hartford Witch Panic
Come hear about their writing process, explore their latest novel and get to meet some local authors who live right in Portland. 

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


May Tech Talk with Kevin: Tuesday May 22nd at 2:00 p.m. 
This time it is iPhone Tips & Techniques and How to upload photos! Come with any technology questions and get a bunch of answers from Kevin, our tech guru from Town Hall. Registration requested!

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.