UPDATE JULY 20: MaineCat requesting has been restarted. Please be aware quarantine protocols will result in longer than usual delivery times. PPL To Go is up and running! Place a hold. Wait for your pickup notice. Then make an appointment to pick it up. We look forward to seeing you! Our COVID-19 page continues to have 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 get a library card, please email lending@portlib.org

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ReferenceUSA Online Training

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tags: Adults | Business | Careers & Jobs

ReferenceUSA Online Training and
Webinar Schedule

With your PPL card you can access ReferenceUSA, an amazing resource for business and consumer information, from anywhere!  The fine folks at ReferenceUSA are offering free training and webinars to librarians and their patrons. Anyone who is interested in learning more can register for the sessions below.

ReferenceUSA Search Essentials
Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m. (1 hour)
and Fridays at 12:00 p.m. (1 hour)

Job Seeking: Career Search Strategies
Using ReferenceUSA

Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.  (1 Hour)

Start, Manage, and Grow Your Business Using ReferenceUSA
Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m. (1 hour)
and Thursdays at 3:00 p.m. (1 hour)

ReferenceUSA Consumer and Lifestyle Data
Alternating Fridays at 3:00 p.m.(1 hour)

ReferenceUSA Big Data and Mapping
Alternating Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
(1 hour)

A Librarian’s Introduction to ReferenceUSA
Mondays at 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays at 12 p.m.  (1 hour)

Need further assistance? Our reference staff is happy to help.

Startup Weekend: Women’s Edition Scholarships

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tags: Adults | Business | Careers & Jobs

Startup Weekend: Women’s Edition Scholarships

We believe that Startup Weekend has the magical ability to change your life and we want to make that happen for members of Portland’s dynamic immigrant and refugee community. Both immigrants and entrepreneurs travel along similar paths—paths leading to a better life through determination and hard work.

Please consider joining us for this inspiring weekend.

Startup Weekend: Women’s Edition is an intensive weekend experience held June 12th-14th, 2015 at the Maine College of Art in Portland for​​ 75 women participants, plus judges, coaches, and organizers. Participants will gather on Friday night to network and pitch business ideas, form teams around the best ideas, then race all weekend to develop the ideas into functioning businesses!



Drop us a quick email if you to apply for a scholarship, please include:

  • Full name
  • Why you want to attend (limit 100 words)

Send this information to durney@portlib.org attn: Sonya Durney by May 25th!


We look forward to seeing you on June 12th!

Printing in the Second Dimension

posted: , by Meg Gray
tags: About the Library | Adults | Teens | Seniors | Careers & Jobs | Science & Technology

Back in November, the Library upgraded its public printing system to include a slew of services… never before seen at PPL. By way of late introduction, we would like to share a little more about what that looks like for our patrons.Where we once offered a simple black and white printer, and a single-function copier, we’ve installed something a little snazzier, higher functioning, and of the twenty-first century. It’s the Lexmark X790, it’s here to help, and we are here to help to you use it.

Never fear, the new machine is capable of the same basic tasks as our old ones. We’re assisting patrons who need to print and copy everything from asylum applications and résumés, to guitar tabs and holiday cookie recipes—not much has changed in that department. The main features that are newly available are: color printing, faxing, wireless printing, and scanning.

First up, at twenty-five cents a pop, you can now print and copy in color at the library. Whether you want to print out your favorite digital photos or spruce up your event poster to catch a few more eyes, you can graduate from gray scale for half the price of a postage stamp. We are also pleased to be able to provide faxing capabilities to library users. You can print your document and fax it out in one fell swoop. The first page costs a dollar, and each page after that is an additional twenty-five cents. It’s a quick and user-friendly process that the staff on desk are glad to walk you through.

Wireless printing is also a newcomer on the Public Computing scene. As more and more people are hooked up to their own tablets, laptops, and smartphones, it can be a hassle to print documents from one of the library’s public desktops. It is now possible to cut out the middleman by sending files from your personal device right to the printer.

Finally, behold: the power of scanning! The world is increasingly turning to scanning over faxing, and with good reason. Scanning is an efficient way to digitize and store important documents in one convenient, portable location that makes sharing easy, and best of all, it’s free. Our new machine allows you to scan directly to—and also print directly from—your own flash drive. Don’t have one? We have some for sale ($7) at the Public Computing desk, as well as a few for patrons to borrow in house.

And if all this new equipment is just a little too flashy for your taste, the old black and white copier is safe and well upstairs in the Portland Room, while its twin still reigns supreme in the Reference area on the Lower Level. To learn more about any of these options, check out this page for more information.


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