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Videoport DVDs now available at PPL!

posted: , by Sarah Campbell
tags: Director's Updates | Library Collections | Adults | Art & Culture

When Portland fixture Videoport announced last month that they would be closing after 28 years, many saw a silver lining: the store planned to donate more than 18,000 DVD titles to Portland Public Library. (See their blog post.)

Videoport's Criterion titles are now available at PPL

Videoport’s Criterion titles are now available at PPL. Find them across from Lending at the Main Library.

We join the community both in lamenting the loss of Videoport and celebrating their generosity to PPL.

We are tremendously honored that owner Bill Duggan believed PPL was the perfect home for the collection, and this gift adds a tremendous depth to the Library’s film holdings. Bill described his customers to us as “folks who live and work on Portland’s peninsula, islands, and neighborhoods. They are active participants in the life of the city.” This is exactly who we serve here at PPL, as well. We are thrilled to report that the first portion of the Videoport collection is now available on the shelves at the Main Library.

We encourage you to browse the collection and enjoy the rich offerings, which will continue to grow as more and more titles are incorporated into our holdings.

We also encourage you to check out our other film-related resources:

-          Enjoy Hoopla digital streaming (available to all PPL cardholders)

-          Join us to watch one of the acclaimed POV documentary films

-         Ask us for our video picks (we also plan to create lists of suggestions based on the Videoport collection — underrated gems, foreign classics, or just-plain-strange films)

We look forward to enjoying this collection with you. It’s a wonderful gift to all of us!

Videoport gift doubles PPL’s DVD collection

posted: , by Emily Levine
tags: About the Library | Director's Updates | Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Art & Culture | News

Long-time Portland movie resource Videoport has announced that the store will cease operation in late August after 28 years serving the community. As part of the closing process, Videoport owner Bill Duggan has worked with Portland Public Library to donate the store’s collection of more than 18,000 DVD titles. The gift effectively doubles the Library’s existing DVD collection, adding tremendous depth to the resources available to patrons. “We are pleased PPL is going to to take on the Videoport collection and keep it available to all,” said Duggan

“Videoport has had a unique and important impact in the Portland community with its high-quality, wonderfully diverse collection, and we are sorry to see it close its doors,” says PPL Executive Director Sarah Campbell. “We are so grateful that Videoport has chosen to make this gift to the Library, and plans are underway to incorporate their collection into the PPL holdings as quickly as possible. We know our patrons will benefit tremendously from this gift.”

In addition to its DVD collection, PPL offers video streaming service via Hoopla and also hosts regular film screenings and film festivals. “Our patrons and visitors value film as a way to experience great stories, and to engage with ideas and with their community,” Campbell said. “We hope that as dedicated Videoport customers access these holdings at PPL, they will also enjoy our film-related programs and will share in these events.”

Community forum: Peaks Island Branch Library and Community Center Renovation Plans

posted: , by Emily Levine
tags: About the Library | Director's Updates | Programs & Events | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | News

Over the past 14 months, Portland Public Library staff have worked with the leadership of the Friends of the Peaks Island Library and with City staff, particularly in the Recreation Department, to develop a new vision for the Library/Community Center. We have discussed various strategies for increasing and enhancing functionality, efficiency, and enjoyment of services. We have incorporated the great energy and ideas from the Community Forum which we held on Peaks in April 2013, have analyzed the current condition of the building, and have begun developing a plan for the Center.

Our goal is to maximize internal space, update necessary systems to meet all codes, resolve ergonomic problems, and – most importantly – create a comfortable and welcoming space for reading, exploration, and learning. At this point, our plan is to begin renovation in Fall of 2015.

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends, we have contracted with architect Dick Reed to develop a preliminary design that captures these ideas. We will pursue this design with the City shortly but would love more community input as we finalize the plans. Please join us for another Community Forum, on Wednesday, September 10 at 7pm. We look forward to your thoughts, reactions, and input. If you cannot attend but have questions or suggestions, please call 871-1700 x759 or send email to

The Peaks Island Library and Community Center is a special part of island life, and we are excited to build its future.

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