Portland Public Library is the city's cultural
center serving 666,000 visitors annually at 4 locations
through a unique combination of print, media and digital resources
complemented by robust internet access, lectures, classes,
exhibits, programs and performances for all ages.
The library serves as the Area Reference & Resource Center
(ARRC) for the Southern
Maine Library District.
Visit our City of Readers Store for gently-used books, CDs,
and more. The Store is located at the Main Library,
downstairs next to the art gallery.
2011 Annual Report
Founded in 1867, the library's mission
has been to serve the Greater Portland
Community by providing a diverse collection of books and other
resources, with access to information resources worldwide. The
library's services support the educational,
informational, and recreational interests of all community
The Portland Public Library is a nonprofit
organization funded through public and private contributions.
Click here to go to our
Fund page for more info; to learn how you can support our library
in other ways, please click here.
Planning and Your Involvement
The Library conducts on-going
planning exercises including on-line surveys to assist in the
development of Library programming and the direction of the
The Library has 5 meeting
rooms and the Rines Auditorium which are available for
rental. For more information, please view our Facilities
Usage Agreement, our Rates/Capacities
Sheet or call 207-871-1700 x721. A map
of the meeting rooms is available also available.
All four Portland Public Library System locations meet or
exceed the standards for accessibility set by the Americans with
We welcome applicants and
volunteers who share our commitment to
public service, diversity, and intellectual freedom. Please check
out our job openings
or contact our Human
Resources Director for more information at 871-1700 x757.
Need to contact us? For a list
of Departments and contact persons, click here.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
D. Altholz, President
Laurie Williamson, 1st Vice President
Randy J. Creswell, 2nd Vice President
David Nicklas, Treasurer
Elizabeth Bordowitz, Secretary
Craig N. Denekas
Elizabeth L. Limerick
Peter F. Richardson
Nathan H. Smith
Theodore A. Spitzer, ex officio
Richard D. Aronson
Suzanne S. Austin
Henry L. Donovan
Susan T. Goldberg
Bruce E. Leddy
Harry R. Pringle
Diane C. Volk