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Coronavirus: Find Trusted Information With PPL
Along with the the City of Portland, all Library locations are closed until Monday, March 30. As we receive new information, we will update you on our website and social media. Please hold onto all library materials as staff will not be in the building. There will be no overdue fees incurred during this time. We encourage you to use our ebooks in CloudLibrary or explore our many and varied eResources for all ages under the eLibrary tab.
We want to assure you that we are carefully monitoring the evolution of the COVID-19 so that we can help keep you informed and to plan how to respond. We are in regular communications with City and other health officials to guide our actions and ensure we are best protecting our staff and patrons.
Local COVID-19 Resources (English, Français, Português, عربى, Soomaali, Español)
Maine Helps: Looking for ways to help? The Governor’s Office offers ideas.
City of Portland Alert Center: Find up-to-date information about city closures and actions.
Good Shepherd Food Bank: Food pantries around the state are adjusting their hours and procedures.
Portland Public Schools Superintendent Messages: Get up-to-date information about community meals and other important school-related updates.
Portland Metro: Starting Friday, March 20th, Portland buses will be free and operating on a limited schedule. Find schedules and information here.
Resources for Business and Employees: For the latest information about small business relief and unemployment, consult this guide from Portland Public Library’s Business and Government Librarian.
Unemployment Benefits: This guide from Maine Equal Justice answers questions about how to file for unemployment insurance benefits in the wake of new state legislation.
Coronavirus in the News
The Portland Press Herald‘s coronavirus coverage is free to read.
Digital Maine Library is free to use and does not require a library card if you are in Maine. Global Newsstream provides articles and videos from news sources around the world. Type “coronavirus” in the search box to find information.
International and National Updates
- Read daily situation reports. These include detailed updates about confirmed cases and steps taken by emergency management teams around the world.
- There are many rumors about coronavirus transmission and treatment. Get the facts and learn when it’s appropriate to wear a mask.
- Track cases in the United States.
- Read updates from the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
- Learn more about travel restrictions, and how you can travel safely.
- Find tips on preventing the spread of COVID-19 in your community.
Coronavirus Dashboard: Track the number of worldwide cases and recoveries.
Statewide and Citywide Updates
Maine Citizen Alerts: Stay up to date on the latest closings and announcements.
Maine CDC : Learn more about what is happening around the state to test and treat coronavirus.
Portland Public Health: Find local updates, learn what is being done to keep public facilities clean, and find documents about coronavirus in a variety of languages.
Portland Public Schools: Includes information for parents and learning packets for students.
211 Maine is ready to take questions about coronavirus. To connect with them:
- Dial 211(or 1-866-811-5695)
- Text your ZIP code to 898-211
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.