Electronic Materials: E-books, E-audio and E-magazines
PORTLAND LIBRARY OFFERS a 24/7 eBook DOWNLOAD SERVICE
Portland Library cardholders can download eBooks, audio books, magazines and videos for free.
The digital book sites features a collection of popular fiction. The downloadable books and videos also includes business, biography, self-improvement, foreign language learning, and other non-fiction genres.
To check out materials, patrons sign in by entering the name of their library and a valid library card number, browse the collection, select a title, and then download the digital material. If a title is not immediately available, users can place a hold and will receive an email notification when it is ready for checkout.
Help with this service is available at the Library. Stop in for a quick lesson or telephone the Library for a longer appointment.
Link to Hoopla: 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 borrow up to 5 items a month.
For more details or if you have questions, please ask at the Information Desk.
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.
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. Stop at the Information Desk and ask for an available computer! 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.
Portland Library is a Wi-Fi Hot Spot! Library patrons can experience free wireless Internet access just about anywhere in the building using their own laptop computers, tablets or smart phones.
There are times of the day when all of the 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.
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. Printers are not available via the wireless connection.
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.