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


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Directions to the Library!

Date/Time: 4/27/2015 10:02 PM 

Digital Library

Overdrive for eBooks


One Click Digital


 Link to ENCORE, the new online catalog!

Special Program

CERCBuilding and Growing Your Business in Connecticut:  Connecting to Resources
Tuesday May 12, 2015 6pm 

Business owners and managers, you are invited to a free presentation in the Mary Flood Room.  Free, personalized assistance for starting,
expanding or relocating businesses is provided. Beth Wallace, CERC’s Director of Business Services, will cover topics ranging from business registration,
licensing, resource programs, market data, demographics and Real Estate. 
CERC is your connection to resources for business development and growth in Connecticut.
For more information,  please call the library at 860-342-6770.
Registration is requested.

CT Driving Tests


Portland Library announces a partnership with Driving-Tests.org to offer free DMV practice tests to library patrons, starting April 16th, 2015. The new service includes free tests, written specifically based on Connecticut’s DMV materials, and is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools that allow users to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask sections of the screen for greater visibility on driving practice tests.  Hundreds of libraries and schools across the country provide this service to their users.

To use this new service, go to Portland Library’s web site database section (right side of each page on the Library's web site).  For additional information, contact the Portland Library.

Reading Buddies
Reading Buddies
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.

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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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!