Portland is a City of Readers! The Library is your partner to explore, research, and share the love of reading and learning. We love recommending what to read next, what’s popular and what’s lesser known, and what’s going on in the library and the community for our adult patrons.


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One-on-one Technology Tutoring sessions are for all levels of computer users and offer a chance to sit down with a staff member for 30 minutes of free technology assistance. Laptops are available for use and the sessions take place in a quiet area of the library. Advance registration is required, please call 871-1700 x 725.

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Join one of our ongoing book groups or find resources to start your own!



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Click here to find links to our community partners in the Greater Portland area, as well as links to national organizations.


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Whether you are looking to stay up on daily events or taking a deep dive into a particular issue, the Portland Public Library is a great place to start.


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Not sure what to read next? Explore our librarian-crafted book lists for new releases, older favorites, and books in-between!

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Attend events featuring authors from Maine and beyond! Watch past events on YouTube or listen to them on the PortLit podcast.


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Our Book of the Week project is created by Reader’s Advisory staff and is focused on sharing one great book from across the Library’s collections each week.  You can see a photo of each new book of the week and a list of the books in our library catalog here.

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Tax Forms

Portland Public Library and all of its branches have 1040 Federal Tax Forms and limited copies of the 1040 Federal instruction booklets available to pick up.

Tax Assistance

Volunteers from AARP will be at the Downtown Library to help patrons file their taxes (free of charge!).  To schedule an appointment call 207-518-8579.

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We partner each year with the Camden Conference to bring a series of original programs to our community in addition to the conference itself, held in mid-coast Maine.  This year, the conference celebrates it’s 35th  season.  The theme will be Europe: Challenged at Home and Abroad.  The Portland Public Library is offering three related Community Events in the first weeks of February, prior to the conference itself, which is scheduled for mid-coast Maine on the weekend of February 25-27.

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Join us across social and online distancing to embark on a journey showing how fulfilling poetry can be! Portland Poet Laureate Maya Williams and their special guests will explore poetry’s intersection and interaction with health, identity, artistic expression, and more.

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Up Next at the Library:
Technology Tutoring2:30pm - 4:00pm
Downtown Library
Sustainability Series: PFAS Contamination in Maine Lands and Waters5:30pm - 7:00pm
Sustainability Series: PFAS Contamination in Maine Lands and Waters
Blurb Club in Congress Square Park12:00pm - 1:00pm
Blurb Club in Congress Square Park
From the PPL blog:
Portland Public Library Executive Director to leave post late this summer
Library’s Executive Director, Sarah Campbell, is resigning effective September 1, 2022.   More »
The Way Spring Arrives: April Staff Picks
Library staff members share April Staff Picks: books on poetry, nature, and more!   More »
How One Student Connected Flags to Connect Our Community
Farhan's connected learning project.   More »
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Sarah Skawinski   Email »
Adult Services Director
207-871-1700 x726
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