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

Rules of Conduct

Welcome to the Library!

The Portland Public Library is committed to preserving a safe and welcoming environment for reading, learning, exploring ideas, creating, participating in programs, and enjoying other Library activities.

Visitors are expected to comply with the following at all PPL locations:

Act legally and ethically

Acting or attempting to act in violation of state, federal, or local law, ordinance, or regulation, or Library policy, is prohibited.

Use spaces and resources as they are intended

Drinking, eating, or cell phone use is permitted only in designated areas. Smoking, sleeping, alcohol or drug use, or improper use of restrooms is not permitted.

Communicate with respect

Obscene, harassing, or abusive language or gestures are not tolerated.

Share the space

“Share the Chair” signs indicate popular areas limited to 90 minutes of use.

Be considerate of others

Disrupting or interfering with normal operation of the Library, its staff, or other users is not allowed. This includes unreasonable noise, loud talking, and playing audible devices.

Accompany your children

Children under 8 must be in the company of a parent, guardian, or other caregiver 18 years or older who must be present at all times.


  • Trained services animals only.
  • Remove hoodies and sunglasses before entering the Library.
  • No weapons allowed on Library premises.
  • Do not leave personal items unattended (limit: 2 medium items [12″x18″x20″] plus 1 small item such as laptop or purse).

Our Full Rules of Behavior are available upon request and at all service desks. If you do not comply with these rules, you may be asked to leave the Library and may lose Library privileges. Responses will be fair and reasonable and will benefit the best interest of all users.