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Since 1884, Portland Public Library has been authorized to manage government documents, both digital and tangible, as part of the Federal Depository Library Program. You can find the government information you need in our collection, whether it’s for legal proceedings, civic engagement, applications and forms, immigration support.  We would be glad to help you find what you need.

Tax Forms

Portland Public Library and all of its branches have 1040 Federal Tax Forms and limited copies of the 1040 Federal instruction booklets available to pick up.

Tax Assistance

Volunteers from AARP will be at the Downtown Library to help patrons file their taxes (free of charge!).  To schedule an appointment call 207-518-8579.

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We partner each year with the Camden Conference to bring a series of original programs to our community in addition to the conference itself, held in mid-coast Maine.  This year, the conference celebrates it’s 35th  season.  The theme will be Europe: Challenged at Home and Abroad.  The Portland Public Library is offering three related Community Events in the first weeks of February, prior to the conference itself, which is scheduled for mid-coast Maine on the weekend of February 25-27.

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The SBA Maine District Office is offering a statewide virtual business education workshop where participants will learn the basics of business startup, the essentials of becoming credit-ready and how and where to find additional small business support and education resources in their local community.  The workshop is free, registration required.

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These organizations can support New Mainers in a number of ways;  housing, food and childcare, employment and education, legal advice, healthcare and making meaningful connections in your community.

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Are you exploring your options for a new job or career?  Short-term training certificates, or an associate or bachelor’s degree, may be more affordable then you think.

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Find the jobs and training programs in your area, and have help updating your resume using the Department of Labor’s Maine JobLink

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A government sponsored resource to identify ways to help pay for college or vocational training.


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Find resources available during COVID-19 for food, support, unemployment assistance, and more.


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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) together with the Portland Public Library will host a series of information and outreach session at the Portland Public Library.

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“If communities are mistrustful of the police, that makes those law enforcement officers who are doing a great job and are doing the right thing, it makes their lives harder.  So when people say ‘Black Lives Matter,’ that doesn’t mean blue lives don’t matter; it just means all lives matter, but right now the big concern is the fact that the data shows black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents.”
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AARP, filing assistance for $850 relief check10:00am - 2:00pm
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