Portland Public Library   


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


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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.
findIT CT, CT's statewide catalog

findIT CT

The Connecticut State Library's Division of Library Development has released the first version of findIT CT, (The Satewide Library Catalog).

(HARTFORD, CT)  The Connecticut State Library's Division of Library Development is pleased to announce that the first version of findIT CT, the statewide library catalog, is now live! Over 10.3 million item holdings from more than 150 public, school, and academic libraries from four of Connecticut's consortia are available for searching. You can findIT at https://finditct.org
findIT CT is being developed in phases. The next phase will see the holdings of all other participating libraries loaded into the catalog, representing approximately an additional 10.4 million item records. The third phase will see the requestIT CT Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system developed and implemented.
The Connecticut State Library thanks Bibliomation for partnering with us on this project, Equinox for developing the software, and participating libraries for contributing their records to the catalog.

One Book on the Riverbend
One Book on the RiverbendOne Book on the Riverbend
One Book on the Riverbend brings the communities of Middletown, Cromwell, and Portland together through common reading of a seminal novel, To Kill a Mockingbird
There is something for everyone at One Book’s 14th annual series of events, which will take place April 4 – May 21, 2016 in Middletown, Cromwell, and Portland. With the classic by Harper Lee at its center, this year’s program is designed to get neighbors talking, spark conversations across generations, and provide safe spaces for respectful debate.

Program Survey!  Please respond.  For print copies, please ask at the Portland Library.

Special Programs

Read and Recycle

Friends' Read and Recycle

Save the Date!  The Friends of the Portland Library’s next intake date of gently used books & DVDs is Saturday, June 25th from 10 am until 12 noon. The Friends of the Portland Library will collect gently used books, DVDs, CDs, puzzles and games. Thank you for your support. Other scheduled date in 2016 is 9/24.

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.
Art on Display

ArtArt at the Library

Bob McDougall presents his photo mural “Two Decades of Change on Main Street 1995-2005-2015” as part of Portland’s 175th  
Anniversary Celebration.  The mural is 96 feet long and includes over 1,500 photos of Main Street. Bob McDougall, born and raised in Portland, has been a longtime student of town history. He is the author of Images of America: Portland (2004) and is a member of the town’s 175th Anniversary Celebration Committee. You are cordially invited to attend the artist reception sponsored by the Friends of the Portland Library which will be held in the Mary Flood Room on Saturday, June 4th from 2 to 4 p.m. 

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’s Old State House, 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!