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.
Saturdays in July & August 9:00a.m. - 1:00p.m.

Digital Library

Overdrive for eBooks

Read ebooks! Listen to audio books! Watch videos!
With your Portland Library card and an OverDrive app, you can borrow/place holds on 10 titles. Enjoy!

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. You must have a valid Portland Library card to set up an account on Hoopla and you may borrow up to 5 items a month.

Online Magazines
For anyone holding a valid Portland Library card, a new collection of more than 60 online popular magazines is now available through RBDigital. Use the RBDigital 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.   



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Date/Time: 8/18/2017 3:56 PM 

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LCI online catalog
Library Connection is a consortium of 30 libraries (including Portland Library) that share a library catalog and resources.
Click here to go to the catalog.



However, you are welcome to join us for a screening of NASA's live eclipse broadcast on Monday, August 21, from 12 pm - 4 pm in our Mary Flood Room. No registration is required for this free event. 


Summer Saturday hours in July & August:  
open Saturdays 9:00am - 1:00pm

Come in & get your reading materials early before heading to the beach!


The Portland Library will be closed Saturday September 2nd and Monday September 4th for the Labor Day weekend.

Our regular Saturday hours start Saturday September 9th: 10:00am - 5:00pm!


New Travel Database: Traveling somewhere this summer?: Checkout our new database from the Library, at home or on the road!  A to Z World Travel

Series & Author suggestions: Find a good book!

Take a look at
NoveList for suggestions on books of different genres and for books in series order. 

Sign up for Summer Reading


Summer Reading Program 2017: 
Build a Better World

Sign up for our Summer Reading Program starting June 1st and start logging what you read on June 15th. Earn prizes right up to the end of summer reading on August 31!

Children's Summer Reading Program (ages 0 through Grade 5)

Teen Summer Reading Program (grades 6 through 12)

Adult Summer Reading Program

Adult Summer Events at the Library

Build A Better World: 2017 Summer Reading at the Portland Library

When you sign up for the 2017 Adult Summer Reading Program, you receive a coupon for a free book from the Friends Book Sale. If you read and log 2,000 pages over the summer, you get another coupon for an additional book.
The summer reading program ends of August 31st!  For every 250 pages the Adult Summer Reading participants of Portland Library log as a group, the library will donate money for 1 book to Books For Africa, working to end the book famine in Africa and the largest shipper of library books to the African continent , shipping over 37 million books to 49 different countries since 1988.  The project  in Eastern Congo works with the local communities to put books into the hands of more children and youth in Eastern Congo, helping to provide them with a better quality education.  

Together we can build a better world! click here for more info

September Tech Talk with Kevin: Wednesday September 27th at 1:00 p.m. 

Google Docs
Get to your documents anywhere, anytime: Access, create, and edit your documents wherever you go '' from your phone, tablet, or computer '' even when there's no connection. Let Kevin, our favorite Tech Guru, show you how with Google Docs.

Registration requested!

Online Resources


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! 

LINK TO LearningExpress Library

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!

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: Beardsley Zoo, 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:  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 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.