NEW UPDATE JUNE 1: PPL bookdrops are open! Materials are due June 29 and no overdue fees will be incurred until after that date including MaineCat and ILL items. See our FAQ page for more details. We are developing plans for re-establishing services at our locations in conjunction with city and state authorities. We look forward to being able to welcome you to the Library again, and we will make a public announcement when our re-open date is set. See our COVID-19 information page for links to current health information in multiple languages. Reference will be answering questions Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm, 871-1700 x725. If you would like to open a temporary eResource library card, please email us at lending@portlib.org
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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 53 FTE and is governed by a Board of Trustees.

OUR MISSION

Building a City of Readers

OUR VISION

Portland Public Library will be the civic and cultural center of a dynamic region in which citizens are literate, informed, and engaged.  The Library will provide resources and experiences that inspire imagination, curiosity, awareness, and learning.  The Library will embrace change and evolve to meet the needs of the community.

OUR VALUES

  • Freedom
  • Inclusiveness
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability

– Approved by the Board of Trustees on June 18, 2014 –