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Portland Public Library Burbank Branch

About the Burbank Branch

Branch Manager: Catherine Curran

Book Drop: We are accepting returns via the outside book drop.

Please return materials in the through-the-building book drop slot, located to the left of the walkway as you approach the rear (main) entrance.


Burbank Branch is directly across the street from Deering High School in the heart of Portland’s vibrant Deering neighborhood. It was founded in 1940 and moved to its present location in a beautiful repurposed family home in 1995. Despite its small size (2,900 square feet), Burbank lends over 250,000 items annually (over 1/4th of the PPL system’s circulation). With open hours Tuesdays through Saturdays, Burbank consistently ranks as one of the busiest public library locations in Maine.

Portlanders appreciate Burbank’s friendly atmosphere and family focus. Join us for weekly story times and Lego Club.

See our Holiday Schedule for planned closings.

KIDS' LEGO CLUB AT BURBANKThursdays from 3–4pm

Young boy concentrates on building a spectacular lego creation

Kids’ Lego Club is a free weekly, one-hour drop-in series. Build with Lego or Mega Bloks. Parents and caregivers are welcome to join their children in play!
Find this program every Thursday in the Children’s Room of the Burbank Branch. Questions? Please email

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KNITTING GROUP AT BURBANKThird Saturdays from 10:30–11:30am

balls of yarn and knitting needles

Love to knit? Bring your current project and join other knitters for conversation and inspiration at Burbank Branch! All are welcome, as are all skill levels.

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READ TO KIMCHI AT BURBANKSecond Wednesdays from 3–4pm

A large white dog named Kimchi wears a large bow tie and pair of glasses

Come read to Kimchi at the Burbank Branch! This quiet, calm, one-on-one reading program is meant to help children gain confidence in their reading abilities. Kimchi is a gentle 7 year-old Pyrenees and Labrador mix.

Advanced sign-up is recommended as spots are limited. Register by calling the Burbank branch library (207-774-4229), emailing, or visiting the check-out desk.

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The Pleasant Avenue site of the original Burbank Branch is pictured at right. This former storefront was renovated to become a library branch, and first opened its doors in September of 1940.

Today, our branch is located in the former Galli family home. Built in 1926, this Federal Style brick residence was unique among homes in Deering Center. It was home to Antonio Galli and his family until purchased by the City of Portland in 1993.


Jane Lord Burbank became Portland Public Library’s Head Librarian in 1925. She worked tirelessly for many years to open a library branch in the Woodfords neighborhood. The Woodfords Branch Library opened less than a year before her death, on September 12, 1940, in the reconditioned Pleasant Street store pictured above. It was later renamed the Jane Lord Burbank Branch Library in honor of its founder. (Click on image to enlarge.)


377 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103

(207) 774-4229

1pm - 6pm
1pm - 6pm
10am - 6pm
10am - 4pm
10am -4pm

Up Next at the Library:
Technology Tutoring @ Burbank2:00pm - 5:00pm
Burbank Branch
Kids' Lego Club @ Burbank3:00pm - 4:00pm
Burbank Branch
Read to Kimchi!3:00pm - 4:00pm
Burbank Branch
From the PPL blog:
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Burbank Branch Renovation Project
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