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Become a Member: Get a Library Card

Join almost 700,000 visitors to the library’s four locations and bookmobile each year. Library services are currently available at all branches. Contact any location or Lending Services at the Downtown Library (207) 871-1700 x731 for more information.

Want a PPL Library card? We can help.

While our online form is on hold, stop in at any branch, bring your ID, and you can get your card ON THE SPOT! Thank you for joining PPL and starting your new adventure with us


Who can get a library card?

Free Library cards are available to:

  • Residents and full-time students attending school (5 or older) in Portland or any town in the Southern Maine Library District (York County, Cumberland County, and part of Oxford County).
    • Southern Maine Library District towns [Click to Expand]
  • Individuals listed as property taxpayers in Portland
  • Individuals working in Portland (expires after one year, but may be renewed)

others may purchase a card ($20 per year). Patrons of other libraries may borrow PPL materials for free via interlibrary loan.

Where can I get a library card?

  • Send an email to and we will reply with instructions for obtaining a card at any PPL branch.
  • Or, a number of libraries throughout the district are our PALS (PArtner LibrarieS) and can issue PPL cards at their location.
    • PALS libraries [Click to Expand]

What do I need to get a library card?

Adults may apply for a Library card with a photo ID with your name and current address (or a photo ID and a document showing your name and current address). For more information, email or call (207) 871-1700 x731.

Teens (13-18) may get their own library cards using a variety of documents such as school ID, school schedule, or club ID to prove identification.

Children (5-12) must be accompanied by a parent to get a card. The parent must show either their own PPL library card or the same identification as an adult. Parents are responsible for all materials borrowed on a child’s card.

How do I update the contact information in my record?

Update your card with a new address, phone number, or other information by accessing your patron account online or email or phone 871-1700 x731 and we will help you.

What if I lose my card?

Report a lost card to the Library as soon as possible. Email or phone 871-1700 x731 and we will help you. There is no replacement fee. You are responsible for all materials borrowed with your card until you report it lost or stolen.

Maine Reciprocal Borrowing is currently NOT AVAILABLE due to the pandemic and library closures.

Reciprocal Borrowing programThe Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program allows you to use your library card at almost 70 other libraries throughout Maine. For more information, see the information pages at the Maine State Library.