Science & Technology
The Library offers many tools for Science, Technology, Engineering, 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.
Monthly Science Cafés are presented on wide ranging topics, designed to introduce non-scientists to important issues affecting our community. For more information on these events, please read below.
Resources, events, and local organizations for Maine makers! Check here for new ways to inspire creativity, creation, and collaboration in our community.
Digital materials are available to all PPL cardholders through Overdrive and Hoopla. Click here to see PPL’s easy-to-use guides for all types of devices & materials.
Our 3D printer is officially named Turing, after Alan Turing, a pioneer in the field of computer science.
Congratulations to the patron who came up with this name!
Did you know Legos are not just toys? They’re STEM learning tools. Please join us each week for Lego clubs, and join your neighbors to build in suggested themes and activities.
The Technology Center has added a Maker Bot Replicator to our services. Currently, this exciting new technology is available by appointment on Wednesdays from 10am to 4pm, or via email. Please read the guidelines to make your appointment, or 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.
Science touches nearly everything, so we’ve put together the best STEM books in our collection. Adults love these titles, too!
The Portland Public Library offers classes and tutoring for all levels of computer users. Advance registration is required for most sessions – please call 871-1700 x 708 or stop by the public computing desk at the main library to sign up.
The Library is pleased to partner with Cornerstones of Science to offer Science Cafes on a wide range of issues and topics of interest to our community.
The Public Computing area in the Main Library will now be offering a wide variety of printing options. The new machine is capable of black and white copies and printing, color copies and printing, scanning, faxing, print from USB, and wireless printing.
Instructions are available at the Public Computing Help Desk, and costs for each service are listed below:
- Color prints and copies: 25₵
- Black & white prints and copies: 15₵
- Fax: 75₵ session fee, 25₵ per page
- Scan: free
To print wirelessly, you will need register your email with OCS Web Print.
Please note that PDF is the preferred format for materials printed wirelessly.
Doing science can be fun! You may think of research as teams of professional scientists at work but with the aid of the Internet, non-specialists can contribute, too. As “Citizen Scientists” we can share in scientific data collection and providing access to scientific information within our communities. PPL promotes citizen science through events, educational programs, and volunteer opportunities for you to explore science or technology on your own, increase personal understanding and appreciation, and contribute to the research underway.
Or, did you know you can borrow a telescope from the Library?
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