Portland Public Library offers a variety of services beyond our physical locations — the Portable Library. With the Library’s goal to “create a City of Readers,” we reach beyond our Main Library and three branches to connect with people where they work, play, create, and live.
The centerpiece of our Portable Library activity is the bookmobile, launched April 2013, with generous support from the Key Bank Foundation.
The bookmobile serves Portland neighborhoods without a nearby Library branch, individuals and families (particularly those with young children) who may lack transportation or the time to travel, or have health problems. We visit over 20 locations throughout the city including schools, residential areas, and special events. The bookmobile holds 1,700 items for all ages – fiction, nonfiction, audiobooks, DVDs, graphic novels, picture books and chapter books for kids. The bookmobile has wheelchair access, wireless Internet capabilities, and solar panels.
We also offer our long-standing outreach services for low-mobility and homebound patrons at residential locations. In addition, we have collections for borrowing on the honor system at various locations including the Reiche Community Center, the METRO bus station waiting area, and a growing list of coffee houses near you.
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