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: 5/22/2017 3:18 PM 

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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: 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.

Encore Library 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. 

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! 

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At the Library

Wednesday May 31st at 1:00 p.m. 

Tech Talk with Kevin: More of All things Google
Kevin, our favorite Tech guru from Town Hall, will be presenting 'All Things Google', a topic he is very knowledgeable on.  Come learn about Gmail, Google Drive, Google Photos, Calendar and Maps!
Registration requested! 

Friends Read & Recycle 

The Friends of the Portland Library’s next intake date is  Saturday, June 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

The Friends of the Portland Library will collect gently used books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles and games. Thank you for your support. 


One Book on the Riverbend  2017: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans & their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics  by Daniel Brown        
2 Special Events in Portland

Monday May 8th at 6:30 p.m. Boys of '36: a PBS Documentary about the 1936 Olympic Crew team at the Portland Library
the story of nine working-class young men from the University of Washington who took the rowing world and America by storm giving hope to a nation struggling with the Great Depression. Refreshments at the conclusion of this 60 minute film.

Wednesday May 17th at 6:00 p.m. Multi-generational Book Discussion Led by Marsha Bansavage at the Waverly Senior Center.  Refreshments & great conversation abound for all who participate.  Participant can read the original Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown, available in hardcover, paperback, large print, audio or e-book format or the adaptation by Gregory Mone, The Boys in the Boat (Young Readers Adaptation): The true Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics.
Copies for both books in all formats in available at the library.

The goal of One Book on the Riverbend is simple: to get our communities of Middletown, Portland and Cromwell to read the same book at the same time and then encourage them to talk about it.  By doing so, we hope that more people (especially more young people) will grow to enjoy reading.

Art on Display

ArtArt at the Library

Portland Public Library presents "On Our OwnTime" - an exhibit created and presented by the Visual Art Faculty of Portland Public Schools.  Faculty members are Lindsay Bonaldo from Valley View Elementary School and Brownstone Intermediate School, Patricia Allen from Gildersleeve School,          Ann-Marie Szerejko from Portland Middle School and Stu Noelte from Portland High School.  Please join us for an opening reception on Saturday May 13 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM hosted by the Friends of 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!

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