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Portland Public Library collects government resource links and receives government documents as part of the Federal Depository Library Program (since 1884). Our trained staff will help you find the government information you need (demographics, statistics, legal, politics, military, forms, etc.) whether around opportunities for civic engagement, for government services application forms, or for immigration support. PPL’s Government Documents are managed by the Business and Government Team, which manages the Library collections, online resources, and programming on government-related topics as well as business-related topics (management, economics, financial literacy) and careers & jobs information.

A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or both.  

                               - James Madison

Affordable Care Act

In March 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. The law intends to make health care more accessible and affordable for all Americans.

The library is gathering information for you to learn more about the larger issues and the personal implications of the Affordable Care Act and help you make informed choices. Individuals and small businesses can use The Health Insurance Marketplace starting October 1, 2013 to apply for coverage, compare plans, and enroll. You can also call  Opportunity Alliance’s 2-1-1 service to locate sources of assistance. Starting October 15th, trained Health Care Assistance volunteers from local agencies will be at the Main Library on Wednesday and Friday mornings to answer questions and/or help do-it-yourselfers to sign up online.

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USCIS Immigration Corner

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has provided PPL with a collection of resources to help immigrants and refugees prepare for their next steps in the immigration process; including items that folks can keep for their private library or to share with friends.  Stay tuned as Immigration Officers will conduct workshops at the Library, several times per year, to answer questions.

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Choose Civility

Portland Public Library invites the Greater Portland community to enhance our public life by choosing civility! PPL is pleased to announce  Choose Civility Portland.  With generous funding from the Lerner Foundation, the Library aims to position itself as a community center where citizens can gather to discuss issues that are important to our community.

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Veterans Legal Clinic 1:00pm - 3:00pm
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From the PPL blog:
Active Hope
Promoting workshops based on the book Active Hope.   More »
March – Women’s History Month
Internet resources and local events highlighting opportunities to learn about women's history month.   More »
Black History Month Offerings
Black History Month Events and Resources offered by Portland Public Library, February 2014.   More »
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Business & Government Librarian -Team Leader
207.871.1700 x729
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