Readers & Writers
Portland is a City of Readers! The Library is your partner to explore, research, and share the love of reading and writing. We love recommending what to read next, what’s popular and what’s lesser known, and to spread the word about what’s going on in the library and in the community for readers and writers.
Are you looking for new ideas for Your Next (Great!) Read? We can help! Our Reader’s Advisory staff is ready to put their professional book-matching skills to work to find the right pick for you. Simply fill out this short form and we will email you a list of personalized suggestions.
Book Group Sets
Our book group sets include multiple copies of the same title in regular print, large print, & audio formats. You can request a book group set with your library card, just like any other library material.
Staff Curated Book Lists
Looking to browse topics & genres to find your next great read? Check out these frequently-updated adult fiction & nonfiction lists curated by PPL Reader’s Advisory staff.
Books & Authors
Browse title recommendations and reading lists for genre fiction and essential non-fiction through this database.
eBooks & eAudiobooks
Explore eBooks available with your library card through the cloudLibrary app and free to all in the public domain.
The monthly nationwide library staff picks list for adult fiction and non-fiction — a great way to stay up-to-date with the hottest books!
The premiere database of expert reading recommendations, reviews, articles, lists and more.
Our Book of the Week project is created by Reader’s Advisory staff and is focused on sharing one great book from the library’s collections each week. The book might be fiction or nonfiction, a new title or an older gem from the stacks. You can see a photo of each new book of the week and a list of the books in our library catalog here.
Are you unsure of what to read next? Our Reader’s Advisory staff is here to help! We’re ready to put our professional book-matching skills to work.
Join one of our ongoing book groups at our branches, or let us help your book group with suggestions for what to read, book sets you can borrow, advice on book group strategy, and extra copies to supply you.
Whether you’re selling your epic novel or creating a book of family recipes, we’ve got what you need to get started!
Join fellow Mainers for a statewide Summer Reading program, in partnership with the Maine Humanities Council, and the Maine State Library.
Poetry lovers, come explore the web with us! Here’s a list of resources and links to poetry. We include favorite websites where you can find fantastic poems, videos of great poetry readings, links to some of the best podcasts today, and more.
The fourth annual Portland Public Library Reading Challenge is here! 24 books, 12 months – will you accept the challenge?
Portland Public Library hosts nationally touring authors at the Spotlight Series. Authors talk about newly released work followed by audience Q&A and a book signing. The series is co-hosted by Portland Public Library and sponsored by the Press Hotel and Bangor Savings Bank.
Our Literary Lunch Series is held at noon the third Wednesday of each month. We host New England authors with recently-released work in conversation with a literary friend, colleague or critic. Bring your lunch and join us!
Can’t get to the library but still need to satisfy all of your bookish needs? Never fear, these awesome eResources are here! Check out this link for the library’s digital catalog, always-available eBooks & eAudiobooks, freebies from subscription services, book talk podcasts, virtual book groups, and more.
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