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Maine Reciprocal Borrowing Program
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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. Most library services are available in-person and online. Contact any location or Lending Services at the Main Library (207) 871-1700 x730 for more information.

Update July 27, 2020: We are temporarily issuing cards through Lending Services via email. Please send your request for a library card to:  lending@portlib.org.


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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.

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?

Library cards are available at:

  • Any Portland Public Library location
  • 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 at the Lending desk at any location. Show photo ID with your name and current address (or a photo ID and a document showing your name and current address). Sign the responsibility statement and you can use your card immediately! For more information, email Lending Services or call (207) 871-1700 x730.

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 visiting any Lending Services desk, with your Library card or current photo ID in hand.

What if I lose my card?

Report a lost card to the Library as soon as possible. You can replace a lost, stolen, or damaged card at the Lending Services Desk by showing your photo ID. The replacement fee is $1.00 ($0.50 for children 12 and under). You are responsible for all materials borrowed with your card until you report it lost or stolen.