Science & Technology
The Library offers many tools for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) literacy for all ages. Portland Public Library strives to engage the community with a fascination for science, the wonders of the natural world, and the possibilities of technology. Through explorations of all kinds – information services, hands-on learning, digital experiences, and public programming – the Science & Technology team aims to stimulate understanding, exploration, and creativity with the sciences and present the fun, the useful, and the very interesting.
For more information on our Science & Technology resources and events, please read below.
Portland Public Library’s 3D printing service is officially reinstated! Please read the guidelines to learn how to submit your file via email for printing. No experience with 3D printing is required — you can select a test print or have a staff member help you select a design from one of the many free libraries of 3D designs on the web. Please note that we do not ship and all items must be picked up at our downtown location, 5 Monument Square Portland, ME 04101.
PPL offers three DiscoverME Adventure Backpacks, filled with all you need to explore your interest in birding, stargazing, or hiking. And now, PPL offers two handheld GPS devices so you’ll never lost your way!
The Featured App of the Month is the series where we highlight apps that we would like to make our community aware of. These apps can be educational, useful, interesting, or just plain fun! All apps featured are available on iOS and Android, and are always free.
PPL is pleased to announce that with your Library card – you can now take the internet with you wherever you go with a WiFi hotspot!
The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. Click this highlight to learn how to enroll.
Earth Day is April 22nd and PPL is celebrating with public programs and resources throughout the month.
In the spirit of thankfulness, Portland Public Library shares the various different technologies that we’re thankful for!
Are you looking to improve your computer skills? Check out this highlight to learn about some useful resources that will help you do so!
Learn a new language! Fix your lawnmower! Pickle those carrots in your refrigerator! Make, Learn, Fix! is a list of library resources that can support your hobbies and to-do lists.
Greet the summer with an eye for exploring the world– check out one of the five Family Science Backpacks. Available to borrow for one week, see the staff at the Children’s Desk in the main library or the Riverton Lending Desk for more information!
Up Next at the Library:
Sustainability Series: Finding Hope in the Face of Climate Change
Sustainability Series: Voices from the Barrens Film Screening and Discussion
Sustainability Series: COP26 and Maine – One Mainer’s Adventure at the UN Climate Change Conference
From the PPL blog:
In May our staff explores Nature and Science at the library. More »
Some highlights from the library's collection of bulletins from UMaine Extension Service. More »