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.
One-on-one Technology Tutoring sessions are for all levels of computer users and offer a chance to sit down with a staff member for 30 minutes of free technology assistance. Laptops are available for use and the sessions take place in a quiet area of the library. Advance registration is required, please call 871-1700 x 725.
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!
You know you can get great WiFi in Library buildings, but now you can 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.
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!
Portland’s Sustainability Series is co-hosted by the Portland Public Library and the Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative. Sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes through time. The Portland Sustainability Series presents a diversity of speakers to share different aspects of the work moving Maine to greater endurance and sustainability. Please join us as we engage in these important issues and conversations!
Seeds are a plentiful resource in the world, but learning how to grow and cultivate plants takes a little practice and skill. That is why we are starting a seed lending program. The basic idea is that you plant seeds that you “borrow” from the library, let some of the plants go to seed, then return some of these next generation seeds for others to borrow.
You’ll never have a fine for not returning seeds, and returning seeds is not a requirement.
Up Next at the Library:
Bike to Work Day Morning Commute Party at Congress Square Park!
From the PPL blog:
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Some highlights from the library's collection of bulletins from UMaine Extension Service. More »