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Portland Public Library collects government resource links and receives government documents as part of the Federal Depository Library Program (since 1884). Our trained staff will help you find the government information you need (demographics, statistics, legal, politics, military, forms, etc.) whether around opportunities for civic engagement, for government services application forms, or for immigration support. PPL’s Government Documents are managed by the Business and Government Team, which manages the Library collections, online resources, and programming on government-related topics as well as business-related topics (management, economics, financial literacy) and careers & jobs information.

A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or both.  

                               - James Madison

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Calling all coders, designers, entrepreneurs and hackers! Join us at Portland Public Library on Saturday, September 12th at 9am to be part of building a solution so individuals in our geographically close community can communicate more civilly online about our shared community. Be part of creating something awesome!

Teams of  individuals will have 10 hours to work together to create an online solution for civic engagement and civil discourse. This will give our community a place to gather virtually to discuss important issues and share opinions and information on community initiatives, volunteer prospects and more. Come armed with your innovative ideas for community engagement!

Seed money ($1,500) will be awarded for the best solution. Food and caffeine will be provided for all registered participants.

Does all of this sound good? REGISTER NOW! 

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USCIS Immigration Corner

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has provided PPL with a collection of resources to help immigrants and refugees prepare for their next steps in the immigration process; including items that folks can keep for their private library or to share with friends.  Stay tuned as Immigration Officers will conduct workshops at the Library, several times per year, to answer questions.

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Portland Public Library invites the Greater Portland community to enhance our public life by choosing civility!  Join us as we engage in lively conversation on a variety of topics important to our community.


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Sonya Durney, MLIS   Email »
Business & Government Librarian -Team Leader
207.871.1700 x729
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