About the Portland Library

Portland Library's Mission:
The Portland Library is a publicly-funded institution dedicated to the common good by serving the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of the community and encouraging its patrons in the lifelong pursuit of learning and personal growth.  The library will be responsive to the needs of its diverse users, advocate and support the use of appropriate technology, build an excellent collection, commit itself to the highest ideals of library service and the principles of intellectual freedom, and provide a welcoming meeting place for the community.

Questions for the Information Staff


Do you have a question?

This service is meant for brief factual questions
(a definition, a date, etc.).

If you need an immediate answer, please call the
Library at 1-860-342-6770.

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The Portland Library offers a wide array of services for all ages and interests.

We strive to maintain a broad collection encompassing many subject areas and viewpoints. We have hardcover, paperback, and large type books, books on CD, DVDs, music, magazines, newspapers, and local history materials. If you need an item which we do not own, we will try to obtain it either by purchasing it for our collection or borrowing it from another library.

Our staff is eager to help you. Please ask us for guidance on a research project, instruction on our online resources, homework help, suggestions for your next read or just about anything else.
We love to find answers.

For the public, we have ample computer workstations with high-speed Internet access.  Wi-fi, black and white, and color printers, copiers and outgoing FAX services are available at a small charge.  In addition, study rooms are available at the Portland Library.

Databases are available within the Library and many can be used from your home or office by entering your Portland Library card number when prompted.

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Library Board of Directors

What is the Portland Library Board?
The Portland Library Board is a town commission which reports to the Board of Selectmen. 
What does the Library Board do?The Library Board is responsible for the policies that govern the internal operation and services of the library and for reviewing those policies on a regular basis. It is the responsibility of the Board to secure adequate funds to carry out the library’s mission. The Board also determines expenditures of all library gifts, grants, memorials and endowments and evaluates the Director annually. 

How do people get on the Board?
The members of the Library Board are appointed by the Board of Selectmen for four year terms.

When does the Library Board meet? 

 In 2021, the Library Board will meet on 12/16.

In 2022, the Library board will meet Jan. 20, Feb. 17, Mar. 17, Apr. 21, May 19, June 16, July 21,  Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 15.

Zoom meetings

To join Portland Library Board's virtual meetings, click on "Join remote meeting access through Zoom", the ID is 8603426777 and the Passcode is Portland

The meetings are held monthly and start at 7:00 p.m.  The meetings are open to the public.
The Board operates in accordance with the

Freedom of Information Act.

Who are members of the Library Board? 
Jay Brown

Margot Chapman
Myra Finkelstein 
Elizabeth Graziano

Jade Richardson

Laurel Steinhauser
Melissa Woodward

Ex-Officio Members
Janet Nocek, Library Director
Maureen Muir, President, Friends of the Portland Library

The Library Board members are the representatives of the community and they are eager to hear from library users.

Library Staff

Janet Nocek

 Beth Kauczka
Adult Library Services & Programs


Jennifer Renk
Youth Services

Gloria Schultz
Technical Services & Interlibrary Loan

Patti LaMalfa
Circulation Department

Karen Slocum
Acquisitions and Periodicals

Amy Giveans
Administrative Assistant

Meeting Rooms

The Portland Library has five meeting rooms available for public use:

Mary Flood Room---capacity 90 people
Wagner Room---capacity 25 people
Van Beynum Room---capacity 15 people
Conference Room---capacity 8  people
Buck Room---capacity 6 people

The size of the group determines which room will be booked. A larger room will not be booked if a smaller room is available which will comfortably accommodate the group.

Meeting rooms are generally available during the hours that the library is open.

Except for town commissions and library-sponsored programs, groups will be limited to regular bookings of no more than once a month.

Only non-commercial, tax-exempt, cultural, civic, professional, educational or governmental groups may use the rooms. The rooms may be booked by individuals for quiet study.

In order to book a meeting room, contact the Administrative Assistant by email or by calling the Library at 342-6770.