Call the Library with questions or requests for materials!
Monday & Thursday 10-6
Tuesday & Wednesday 10-8
Friday 10-5
Saturday 9:30-1
The Portland Library is currently closed to the public due to reconstruction and the Covid-19 virus.
Staff in the Library are available by email and phone contact    860-342-6770 *  PortlandLibrary@portlandct.org
The Book Drop is open 24/7 and Curbside delivery is available! 

  Reopening info from the Director Jan Nocek: click here

Please check our Portland Town website for UPDATED information on the
Covid-19 virus situation.
Portland Library now offers museum passes for free or discounted access to your favorite museums!
Florence Griswold Museum is opening July 7th. All guests are required to make advance reservations prior to visiting.
Check what days are available for our library pass and then go to the museum website to reserve a time to visit the museum! 
Looking for some recommended reading or items to request for curbside pickup?  The Library has some booklists of the latest books:
Mysteries                                        Nonfiction
Curl up with a Good Book               Psychological Thrillers
All Things Baseball                         Short Story Fiction
Historical Fiction                            Spy Stories 
Knitting                                          Graphic Novels
Gardening                                       Healthy Foods

                      Anti-Racism Resources

Gnorbert the Gnome is on the roam and he picked a tricky spot this week! If you spot him, email us at portlandlibrary@portlandct.org and tell us where and you will be entered into a raffle for a $20 gift card to a local business.
This week's gift card is to the Wesleyan RJ Julia book store in Middletown. Congratulations to the McMeken family for winning last week's raffle of a $20 gift card to Dairy Queen. 
 We will be outside during the following hours this week for Summer Reading registration and                       prize pickup:
Monday: 10-1:30, 2-4
Tuesday: 10-1:30, 2-4
Wednesday: 10-1:30, 2-4
Thursday: 10-1:30
Friday: 10-1:30, 2-4

Portland Library Digital Archive: Documenting COVID-19

The Portland Library is collecting materials and anecdotes for a rapid response collection to document the outbreak and spread of coronavirus.

This project is intended to be a community initiative to document how our lives have been affected by the virus in Portland, Connecticut. The Portland Library will collect, document and preserve how the pandemic has affected the lives of residents of Portland, Connecticut and the surrounding area.

Please consider submitting items (digital and paper) that document your daily life during this time. We will accept up to five submissions per person.

For more information, visit our submission page HERE



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E-Books & E-audio


E-Books & E-Audiobooks

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E-books, E-audiobooks,
Comics & Movies

Curbside pickup Library Services
  • To place holds on items to be picked up
    choose Library Catalog.

  • Search for items that you are interested in and click on “Request it”

  • If you are already logged in to your account click “Submit”. If not, you will be prompted to enter your library card number and your PIN after you sign in click “Submit”

  • The library will contact you to arrange a date and time for Curbside Delivery pick up.

Our book drop is open 24/7!

No Donations in the Book Drop please! 

The Town Coronavirus update of May 28th features a special guest:
Library Director, Jan Nocek.


(There are other podcasts with Town information and covid updates
on the Town webpage www.portlandct.org)

e-magazines for adults and kids 

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K-6 children's ebook database


K-6 math ebook database


gr 7-12 ebook database


all ages audio book database


romance ebooks for adults 

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Check out the Early Learning, Kids, and Activity Corner tabs for printable activities for children including coloring sheets, tracing activities, games, recipes, arts and crafts
and more!

Summer Reading 2020: Imagine Your Story

Click a banner to get started!

You must select a new username and password, even if you've done a program before. 


Ages 0-4


Going into grades K-5

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Going into grades 6-12



Get your printable BINGO card HERE. You will receive one point for each completed "mission" on the card. 

You may qualify for coverage through Access Health CT at any time, if you have a Qualifying Life Event through a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). 
Access Health CT can help CT Residents to see if they qualify for HUSKY/Medicaid, or a Special Enrollment Period. This is especially important for those who have been laid off or furloughed due to

Virtual Garden Chat: Wednesdays at 1:00 pm (note time change)
June 24th, July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 

Are you looking forward to weekend gardening? Let's chat about what we've been planting and share tips about gardening. Lynn Keller, Master Gardener & Portland resident, joins us to lend her expertise and answer questions. Open to all levels of expertise. Garden Chats will take place every Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.. Join us when you can!

Conversations over Coffee (or Tea): Mondays at 10:00 a.m. June 22nd, July 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th

Let's get together & talk about what we are reading, watching, series we are binging and books we are looking forward to reading! All are welcome!

To join these virtual meetings, click on "Join remote meeting access though Zoom", the ID #8603426777 and the Password is Portland

Come in and get a Library Card...
Library cards are free to all residents of Portland. All you need is a picture ID with your Portland address or a picture ID and a piece of mail with proof of your Portland address. Portland residents of all ages may obtain cards; if you are under 18, your parent or guardian must sign the library card application.

**While the library is closed for construction, you can also apply for a temporary library card to access our ebooks and online materials. For more details about library cards, visit our My Account page.**

Fun, Virtual Activities From Home

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

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Read ebooks! Listen to audio books! Watch videos! With your Portland Library card and an OverDrive app or the Libby App (both of which are available for free in your App store). , you can borrow/place holds on 10 titles. Enjoy!

Virtual Museum Tours:
tour a bunch of famous museums from around the world from the comfort of your couch


How to Stay Busy at Home!

Want to learn a new language? Look no further. Transparent Language Online is a great place to start your language journey. With over 100 languages to learn and many other resources, Transparent Language Online is the way to go. 


Take almost any class online. Universal class provides accounting, social work, history and so much more!

Questions for the Information Staff


Do you have a question?

This service is meant for brief factual questions
(a definition, a date, a phone number, what library in
the area 
has the item you are looking for, etc.)
If you need an immediate answer, please call the
Library at 1-860-342-6770.

Automatic Renewals!  
Beginning January 1st, any item checked out at the 
Portland Library and eligible for renewal will be automatically renewed.
  Renewals won’t happen for Zoom books, items with holds for another patron, or if the user's library card is expired or blocked. Please note, our renewal policies have not changed, 
everything has stayed the same with the exception that your renewals will happen automatically.
If you have an email associated with your account. You will receive an email listing the items that have been renewed.  You will also continue to receive a courtesy email alerting you that your items will be coming due. We hope this service will 
assist you in managing your account with ease.  As always, if you have any questions, please call the library at 860-342-6770.

Dinosaur Footprints

When dinosaurs roamed the Connecticut Valley some of them came to Portland!

There are still footprints to be found in Portland including a few mounted on walls at the Portland Library.  Inside the library there are 2 brownstone slabs, one containing several good quality, medium-size theropod footprints labeled as Anchisauripus and the other containing two remarkable specimens of Otozoum.

Portland Library Celebrates 125th Anniversary 

The Portland Library was established on May 4, 1895. Its initial collection included around 800 books that were housed in a room in the Town Hall. 77 subscribers (14 years old and older) could borrow one book at a time.


Shortly after its opening, Horace B. Buck, a Portland native who later moved out of state, donated $2,000 for the establishment of a library building. The building became known as the Buck-Foreman building and was built with brownstone from local quarries Shaler & Hall and Brainerd Quarries. The library moved to its current location on Freestone Avenue in 1981. 


For a look at other significant events that occured in May 1895, visit HERE

Treasures of Connecticut Libraries

Treasures of Connecticut Libraries; Portland archives and photographs. Search here!

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