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: 10/28/2016 11:50 AM 

Digital Library

Overdrive for eBooks

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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.

Art on Display

ArtArt at the Library

Brownstone Arts returns to the library with 
its annual fall exhibit. Their show, titled 
175 Celebrate!,
is in honor of Portland’s 175th Anniversary. On display throughout the month of October will be paintings, pastels, watercolors, photographs, pottery, and work in other mediums by the group's members. 

Learning Express Library

Learning Express
Learning Express Library

Starting April 1st, patrons may use this database from Portland Library’s web site.  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

SMS Text Messages

Cell Phone1) Go to our Encore catalog (www.portlandlibraryct.org)
2) Log in to your account
3) Click on Edit Account
4) In the Modify Patron Information popup, enter your cell number in the "Mobile Phone No." field, click on the "Opt In" check box, and click on Submit at the bottom of the page
5) You will receive a text within a few minutes confirming that you want to sign up. You need to text back "YES".
6) You will receive a confirmation message within a few minutes saying you have signed up.

The SMS messages are in addition to the other notices, not a replacement. So patrons will still receive email/print notices as they always have, but those signing up for SMS messages will also receive the immediate text message. 

Once that is all done, they will start getting text messages every time an item goes onto the holdshelf for them, within a few minutes of when the item is ready for pickup. This does not replace traditional email/print notices; it is in addition to them. Note that multiple patron accounts cannot use the same cell number for receiving these texts.
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, 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:  Beardsley Zoo, 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 at 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.

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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!