Portland Public Library reopens
PPL is eager to welcome people to come back inside at all locations.
Peaks Island will open on Tuesday, June 15th
Schedule: Tues, 1-7pm; Wed, 9am-12pm; Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat, 9am-12pm.
Capacity will be limited to seven (7) people at a time.
The Main Library will open on Tuesday, June 22nd on two floors with reduced hours due to seasonal staffing limitations.
Schedule until July 6: Mon, 11am-6pm; Tues. & Wed., 11am-2pm; Thurs. & Fri., 2-5pm.
(Hours will be expanded in the first week of July.)
NOTE: Burbank and Riverton branches will open shortly. The Library will announce these dates and times soon.
As each location opens, curbside to-go services will be discontinued.
Main Library Open on Two Levels
Beginning June 22, 2021, the Main Library at 5 Monument Square will be open for browsing on the 1st floor and Lower Level (fiction and nonfiction, Children and Teen), and for use of public computers. Library visits will be limited to 30 minutes.
NOTE: The Main Library will be closed on Monday, June 21 to prepare for opening.
Everyone entering the library will be required to wear a mask (PPL will provide them if needed). “We serve people from every age, demographic, and background, including young children, medically vulnerable individuals, and others who are not yet vaccinated. The mask requirement helps us protect those who may still be at risk from COVID-19,” said Sarah Campbell, Executive Director.
Self-checkout stations will be on both levels for patrons to check out library materials, and library staff will be available to assist with questions. The Portland Room will remain closed to the public until later in the summer, but is available for online or phone research assistance.
In the Teen Library, the number of people will be limited to 15. The rest of the open floors will not have any capacity limits, although there will be only minimal seating in order to maintain 30-minute visits.
Will everyone be wearing a mask?
Yes. All staff and patrons of the Library will be required to wear a facial covering, and there will be reminders throughout the browsing and public computing areas at the Downtown Library.
Why do we need to still wear a mask if we are fully vaccinated?
Can I return my books to the library without going inside?
Yes, you can still return books in the outdoor book drops at the Main Library and at any branch.
Can I still put books on hold to pick up at the Main Library or branch?
Yes. Once your holds are ready, the Library will send you a pickup notice and you can come into the library during open hours. No appointment needed.
Do I have to come in to the library in order to pick up my books on hold?
Yes. As PPL To Go service is discontinued when each location opens, we are happy to help you inside.
How do I pick up my holds from the library?
Patron holds will be held in a new self-service area at the Main Library, and can be checked out at the Lending Desk or at our self-service checkout stations.
What if I need more than 30 minutes?
We are asking everyone to respect the 30-minute time limit. This will help us provide service to as many people as possible through the day, particularly during the first two weeks of reduced hours at the Main Library.
Can I bring my children?
Yes, you can bring your children. We are asking everyone to continue to wear masks to provide for the safety for those who are not yet eligible for vaccine protection.
Will Children or Teen Libraries be open?
Yes. There will be a capacity limit of 15 in the Teen Library, with six public computers available, and no access to gaming. The 30-minute time limit applies to all patrons.
Can I make an appointment to use the computer?
No. The public computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Will there be printing services available?
Yes. Printing services will be available at the Main Library
Will the Portland Room be open to the public?
No. The Portland Room will not be open to the public until a later date, but patrons can call or email with research questions.