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Funding Sources

The Portland Public Library is a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution originally created in 1867 and is supported through private philanthropy and government funding.

Approximately 72% of PPL’s annual operating budget comes from city, county, and state government sources which funds facilities infrastructure and personnel.

The remaining 28% comes from your individual gifts, restricted gifts and grants, and income from the library’s endowment. These gifts support the wide variety of programs, book and music collections, and outreach throughout our city. Your library is truly a civic and cultural center for everyone. Thank you for your support.

For more information about the library’s financial operations, please contact the Administration office at (207) 871-1700.

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