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Download popular eBooks for free to your phone or tablet from cloudLibrary. This service is offered in partnership with other Maine libraries, with some additional content purchased by Portland Public Library and available to Portland Public Library cardholders exclusively.
Digital Commons is a collection of the Portland Public Library featuring digitized materials that capture and preserve the history and community life of Portland, Maine. These materials are drawn from the library’s own collections and from partnering organizations in the region.
Digital Maine Library
The Digital Maine Library provides every resident of Maine with access to online resources that include a collection of full text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers, journals and reference. It also provides students, business people, public library patrons, and higher education students and educators the ability to use online learning tools.Thousands of magazines, newspapers, and reference books are available anywhere in the State.
Gale Power Search
Unsure of where to start your research? Start by searching this database, which provides access to over 37,000 books, magazines, journals, and newspapers. This database is a great place to start research on any topic.
Gender Studies offers full-text access to periodicals and professional publications relating to gender identity and expression. This database is especially helpful to students and professionals working in healthcare, policy, and community organizing.
Indie Author Project
Indie Author Project (IAP) connects indie authors, libraries & readers. It is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal & BiblioBoard that enables local authors & Portland Public Library to work together to expose notable self-published ebooks to voracious readers looking to discover something new. If you are an author and you would like to self-publish your work, this is the place to start!
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
Isolating Together is Portland Public Library’s digital archive where we collect stories from you, our community members, about how COVID-19 is impacting your life. Browse the collection and learn about how YOU can submit!
LGBTQ History in Government Documents
This guide lists documents discussed in the presentation given at the 2016 Federal Depository Library Conference -- "We’re Here, We’re Queer, and We’re in the Public Record: Federal Government Documents on the LGBT Movement." The authors envision this as a living guide and intend to update it as new relevant resources become available. Jesse Silva, Librarian, UCBerkeley; Kelly L. Smith, Librarian, UCSD.
Maine Memory Network
The Maine Memory Network, a project of the Maine Historical Society, is a statewide digital museum that provides unprecedented access to over 10,000 historical items from over 160 museums, historical societies, libraries, and other organizations from every corner of Maine.
Maine News Index
The Maine News Index (MNI) is a collection of abstracts that cover substantive Maine- or Portland-related articles published in local newspapers and magazines. MNI Online covers articles published from 1992 on. For the period 1945-1992, please consult the card file index in the Portland Room. Indexed periodicals include Down East, Mainebiz, Island Journal, Portland Monthly, and Casco Bay Weekly.
Each issue of each newspaper is indexed thoroughly, so researchers have access to not only top news stories but also the information contained on the various sections of the papers. The indexing covers not only complete bibliographic information but also companies, people, products, etc.
New York Times 1851-2017
This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. The Historical New York Times 1851-2017 provides search capability using subject terms and topics for focused and targeted results in combination with searchable full text, full page, and article-level images from the Historical NYT.
Novelist K-8 Plus
NoveList K-8 Plus is a database about books specifically for younger readers. It helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.
NoveList Plus is the premiere database of reading recommendations, available through libraries around the world. It is a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.
Portland Jewish Oral History Project
Photographs and oral history recordings with members of Portland's vibrant Jewish community are available here online. Bringing together Portraits of the Past: The Jews of Portland Dr. Konnilyn G. Feig, Director, commissioned by the Jewish Community Center, 1976 and The Oral History Project of Documenting Maine Jewry, supported by the Maine Humanities Council, 2009. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
SELF-e Indie Maine Collection
Find ebook titles from local, independently published authors in Maine in this module. Be sure to check out the top picks from Library Journal!
TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. They are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sounds, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book (and some classics) which you can read, or have read to you.