About the Portland Room : Special Collections

The Portland Room, located on Level 2 in the Downtown Library, houses the Library’s Special Collections and Archives and is the city’s hub to preserve and provide access to Portland history. The growing collections include printed books and periodicals, maps, archives, manuscripts, photographs, digital records, as well as microfilmed and digitized Portland newspapers. All are welcome — researchers, students of all ages, and classroom groups.

Portland Room photoOur Special Collections

Among the Portland Room’s rare books are items from 19th and 20th century Portland publishers, notably comprehensive collections printed by the Southworth and Anthoensen Presses, Thomas Bird Mosher Press, Cuala Press, and Shagbark Press. The Portland Room is also home to an extraordinary collection dedicated to book arts and artisanry reference.

You can also tap into our genealogical source materials, which include the electronic databases Ancestry Library Edition (in-house use only) and HeritageQuest Online (access anywhere with your Library card number), as well as complete sets of Portland City Directories, microfilmed Maine Vital Records up to 1955, and microfilmed Portland newspapers.

The Portland Room also offers the Maine News Index and Jordan Index of Maine newspaper abstracts dating back to the 1780s. Portland Room staff are available for research assistance at 207-871-1700 x747 or portlandroom@portlib.org.



« Return to Downtown Library
5 Monument Square
Portland Maine 04101

(207) 871-1700 x747


10am - 2pm
2 - 6pm
10am - 2pm
10am - 2pm
1 - 5pm

Up Next at the Library:
No related events scheduled - Showing the next two events on our calendar.
From the PPL blog:
Isolating Together : A Public Archive
How are you weathering the challenges of this COVID-19 pandemic? We're creating an archive for this!   More »
Journaling in the Library !
PPL's Journaling group will meet monthly in the Portland Room, on the 3rd Weds. from 5:30pm-7pm.   More »
Professional Hockey History in Portland
Gems from the history of professional hockey in Maine- from the Nordiques, Mariners, and Pirates.   More »
Connect with the Library:

Stay connected with Portland Public Library. Join the discussion!

Like us on Facebook » Follow us on Twitter » Sign up for PPL updates » Read the PPL blog »