Portland Library
20 Freestone Avenue
Portland, CT  06480
860-342-6770

 

Computer Services

24/7 Audio and eBook Download Service: 
Download eBooks & Audio Books for Free
Are you missing out on a great service? The Portland Library through its library network, Library Connection, makes available downloadable audio books and eBooks for your enjoyment. With a valid Portland library card, you can browse and search hundreds of great titles and download them to your computer, transfer them to a portable device, or burn them on to a CD for your listening or reading pleasure anywhere, anytime. Downloads can be enjoyed at home, at work, or when you travel. Try it, it's easy!  To access digital media you will need a valid Portland library card and access to the Internet. Then go to www.portlandlibraryct.org or http://libraryconnection.lib.overdrive.com to install and to activate the free software for your computer and/or portable device. 
Browse or search for downloadable materials. When you locate a title of interest, simply add it to your cart and then check out the title. It's "free shopping"! 
For more details or if you have questions, please ask at the Information Desk. Videos are also available for download.

Download Media Now to an iPad
It just gets better and better … hot off the presses!  With OverDrive Media Console v3.2, most WMA Audiobooks are iPodR & iPadT-compatible! In just a few clicks, send titles to your device; the 'Plays on' icons indicate compatibility. In addition, the app for iOS devices, including iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, now supports landscape and portrait orientation, and a new calendar icon displays the number of days remaining on the loan.

 Audio Books at iCONN
The Connecticut State Library is pleased to announce its statewide downloadable audio books service. The audio books collection is one service of iCONN, the State Library's re-search engine, and is made possible by a PEGPETIA grant from the Department of Public Utilities. The service includes over 1300 digital audio book titles from Ingram Digital Group, and is targeted to schools and public libraries, but is available to all. Anyone with Internet access is welcome to point to and search the service at http://connstatelib.myilibraryaudio.com/ but to place holds or check out titles requires a valid Connecticut public library card number.

Titles can be downloaded to PC or Macs using the free plugin from Ingram Digital Group called the Ingram Media Manager. From your computer, you can then transfer titles to iPods and certain MP3 players for limited times. More details about how the service works are available from the Help link at the web site above.


Internet Workstations

The Library has eight workstations available in the adult area.  There are 2 in the teen area and 2 in the children's area that are filtered. The Information Access workstation is assigned by the staff for research.  These stations may be reserved in advance either in person or by telephoning the Library.  Use is limited to one half hour if others are waiting.


Wireless Service

Portland Library is a Wi-Fi Hot Spot!  Library patrons can experience free wireless Internet access using their own laptop computers equipped with wireless cards just about anywhere in the building.

There are times of the day when all the hard-wired public computers are in use, and the wireless allows an extension of Internet service that would otherwise not be available. Most standard wireless devices will connect automatically to the wireless network.

Wireless Policy

Using Wireless Internet Access at Portland Library
The library provides wireless access for users with their own laptop computers equipped with wireless network cards meeting the WiFi standard IEEE 802.11b or 802.11g. 

How to access the wireless network:
IMPORTANT:
   You may need to change you network settings in order to access this wireless network. Make sure you write down and save your current settings BEFORE  you change them, should you want to return your laptop to its default settings.  These changes may affect your ability to access the internet in another setting (home or office).  Library staff cannot assist you in making changes to your network settings.  If you are not comfortable making these changes yourself or need assistance, please do not try to use this service.
Our wireless network is called “PPLWireless”.  It is set to broadcast its SSID.  If your network card is set to automatically connect to any available network, your laptop should see this network and connect.
If your laptop is not set to automatically connect to any available networks or if your laptop is not set to see this network, open up the wireless connection and highlight “PPLWireless.”
To access the internet, your wireless connection needs to be set to obtain an IP address automatically and obtain DNS Server address automatically.  If your home or office internet connection uses settings different from these, you will need to change them.  These settings are found in the Network Control Panel in Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, in the TCP/IP Control Panel in Mac OS 9 or earlier, and in the Network Control Panel of the System Preferences in Mac OS X*.
The Internet is a public communications network, which means that there can be untrustworthy parties between you and anybody you communicate with.  WiFi poses the same risks to your personal information that a wired network poses, as well as some new risks.  WiFi users need to educate themselves about these risks and take steps to secure their personal information.  Cautious and informed WiFi users should choose not to transmit their credit card information and passwords while using any WiFi “HOT SPOT.”  As with most public wireless “HOT SPOTS,” this connection is not secure.  Potentially any information being sent or received could be intercepted by another wireless user.  Please take appropriate precautions when using this service.  The library will not be responsible for any information, hardware, or software that is compromised.
The Library does not provide e-mail services via the wireless connection.
Printers are not available via the wireless connection.  If you need to print, save to a floppy disk and signup at the Information desk to use one of the public workstations to print.


Word Processing   

Word processing workstations are available.  Microsoft Office software packages are available at each station.  These stations may be reserved in advance in person or by telephoning the Library.  Use is limited to a one hour segment if others are waiting.


Public Access Catalogs

Catalogs are available throughout the Library.  Not only is the Library's catalog available, but also many reference tools are attached including magazine indexes and an encyclopedia.


Computer Training Request

Available training: 
the Catalog
our Electronic Databases
Internet
Microsoft Word
Audio Books

Most lessons are scheduled on Saturdays from 9:15 – 10:00 am.  Please ask for more details at the Information Desk.  Thank you. 

Last updated:  04/11/2011