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Enriching our Community. Expanding our World.

Portland Public Library (PPL) is the city’s cultural center, serving 675,000 visitors annually at four locations and a bookmobile. Chartered in 1867, PPL is Maine’s oldest and largest public library system and is the most visited cultural institution in Maine. The library offers over 300,000 books, audiobooks, musical recordings, movies, and digital resources, and access to the collections of the world’s great libraries. We also provide robust internet access and free wireless connectivity. We present a wide variety of lectures, classes, exhibits, programs and performances for all ages. The library is a 501(c)3 institution with a staff of 46 FTE and is managed by a Board of Trustees.

Our Vision: A City of Readers

Portland Public Library promotes the intellectual and cultural exchange of our vibrant city. The library is where people come to explore and share ideas for the collective benefit of the community. Our services, collections, and programs stimulate and empower our community and visitors to enhance their creativity and imagination, increase their level of knowledge, and fully participate in our community. We are committed to creating “A City of Readers,” both by fostering a love of reading and also by cultivating cultural, digital, financial, and scientific literacy as well as civic engagement.

Our Values

  • Intellectual freedom
  • Openness and inclusion
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Curiosity
  • Sustainability
  • Excellence
  • Civility

Our Promise

  • To serve with passion, respect, and integrity
  • To be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us
  • To enrich the community we serve
  • To work hard every day to achieve the Library’s vision and mission