Portland Public Library   


Portland Library
20 Freestone Avenue
Portland, CT 06480
Tel:  860-342-6770
Fax:  860-342-6778


Mon - Wed  ~ 10:00 am until 8:00 pm
Thursday ~ 12:00 noon until 8:00 pm
Fri and Sat ~ 10:00 am until 5:00 pm

Holiday Schedule


Contact us!

Directions to the Library!

Date/Time: 3/28/2015 9:04 PM 

Digital Library

Overdrive for eBooks


One Click Digital


 Link to ENCORE, the new online catalog!

Special Event!

TeapotPortland Library cordially invites you to a 
Downton Abbey Tea 
in honor of the Library’s 120th Anniversary
on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at two o’clock.
View a Powerpoint presentation by Susan J. Jerome of what was fashionable from the first five seasons and 
an exhibit of several fashions from the period provided by Susan Alyson Young.
Susan J. Jerome is the Collections Manager at the University of Rhode Island Historic Textile and Costume Collection.

You are invited to wear a stylish hat! Edwardian Hat
Registration for the free event is required to ensure a spot. 
Please bring a donation of nonperishable food for the Portland Food Bank.

IRS Forms and Publications
Important Federal Tax Information at the Portland Library!
IRSThe IRS will not be sending Federal Tax Instruction Booklets this year to public libraries.  

You can order the instructions and other forms that you need by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 or by visiting http://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs/Order-Products

Tax forms and publications can be found at  http://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs.

Staff at the Portland Library will be available to help you in using the IRS web site so that you can print the forms and instructions that you need.  Please ask for assistance at the Information Desk.  We have also received a notebook of reproducible forms and instructions that patrons can use to photocopy.

Printing charges:  the 1st 2 pages are free each day and additional pages are $0.15/per page.
Reading Buddies
Reading Buddies
The Portland Public Library in collaboration with RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is proud to announce the creation of 
The Portland Public Library Reading Buddies Program.  FLYER

Mondays - Thursdays 3:30 pm-4:30 pm;  (8 week session)
March 23, 2015 through May 18, 2015: No sessions the week of 4/13/2015

The program is designed for students who would enjoy and benefit from some extra one-on-one time spent reading with a trained Retired Senior Volunteer.  Volunteers will meet weekly for one hour with students in grades 1-3 and spend the hour reading with them and helping them with reading comprehension.

Volunteers are available  Monday through Thursday at 3:30.  First come first served or register for a spot.  To register, fill out the form at the Children's Information Desk, or complete this form and bring or mail to the Library as soon as possible.

Questions?  Please call 860-342-6771 for more information.


Zinio for Libraries
Zinio for Libraries:  BRAND NEW!

ZinioZinio is an online magazine service accessed from Portland Library's web page, www.portlandlibraryct.org.  Zinio is for patrons with Portland Library cards to read on their phones, tablets, and computers.  It will provide free and unlimited access to the titles to which we subscribe. Patrons may keep their copy of the magazine on their device if they download the issue using free apps. Please see the Information Desk for more details.

Current titles:  American Girl Magazine, Bloomberg Business Week, Conde Nast Traveler, Do It Yourself,ELLE Decor, ESPN, The Magazine, Family Fun, Food Network Magazine, GQ, HGTV Magazine, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, National Geographic, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Prevention, Rolling Stone, Runner's World, and Us Weekly.

To get started, click on the zinio logo and enter your library barcode.  You then enter your email address as the user and create a password to create an account.  If you already use the Portland Library's Transparent Language database, you have an account.  To view the magazines you selected, you will be asked to set a new password.

Friends of Portland Library

Friends’ Book Collection 2015 Dates: 

March 28,  June 27 and September 26  

The Friends of the Portland Library  will  be collecting   gently used books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles and games. All donated items must be in “sellable” condition. Thank you for your support!

Friends of Portland Library
Friends of the Portland Library (FPL) is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to support the Portland Library in its efforts to offer quality facilities, services and programs.  

Transparent Language

Transparent Language

Please see a library staff member at Portland Library for more information on how to access this service.

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Would you like to know what's happening at the Portland Library?  Learn about special events and other news by email.  Click on Subscribe to Library News  to complete the form. 

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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!