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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

Do you have to pay a tax penalty due to lack of health care coverage?

If you learn as you do your taxes that you owe a fee for not having health insurance last year, avoid having to pay this fee next year. Find out if you are eligible to sign up for health insurance for 2015, even though open enrollment has closed. If you are – you’ll avoid bigger penalties next year, and may receive subsidies that make the insurance premiums more affordable. This special enrollment period runs from March 15 to April 30.

Meet with a Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator volunteer to sign up for coverage during this special enrollment period if you qualify. Main Library Meeting Room #3 – Wednesdays, March 18th th to April  29th  10am-12pm and  Friday March 20th, Friday April 3rd and Friday April 17th 10:30 am – 12:30pm.

In partnership with Opportunity Alliance and Portland Community Health Center.

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Volunteers from  AARP  will be at the Main Library to help patrons file their taxes (free of charge!) Tuesdays from 10 AM to 5:30 pm  and Wednesdays from 10 AM to 1:15 pm – starting February 3rd and going through April 15th.   The phone number to make appointment is  (207) 699-4280

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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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The general election on November 4th is coming quickly. Are you registered, researched and ready?

In 2014, Maine voters will elect the Governor, one of Maine’s two United States Senators, Maine’s Representatives to Congress, members of the Maine Legislature (State Senators and State Representatives) and certain county officers.

Voting smart is important. PPL wants to be sure that you have the information you need to make an informed decision.

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Choose Civility

Portland Public Library invites the Greater Portland community to enhance our public life by choosing civility!  Join us as we engage in lively conversation on a variety of topics important to our community.


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