OCT 13: We have made schedule changes at Riverton and Burbank in order to expand their pickup hours. See the new schedule here -- PPL To Go Place a hold. Wait for your pickup notice. Then make an appointment to pick it up. We look forward to seeing you! Our COVID-19 page continues to have links to current health information in multiple languages. Reference will be answering questions Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm, 871-1700 x725. If you would like to get a library card, please email lending@portlib.org

Borrowing materials

How do I check out materials?

Use your card to borrow books, e-Books, audiobooks, movies, music, games, and magazines, and also use the Library’s online resources and public computers. Once you have selected materials to borrow, bring them to the Lending Desk and present your card.See the chart below for lending periods and lost item fees.

How do I renew my items?

Renew items in-person, by phone, or online. For assistance, visit or call the Lending Services Desk at any location during open hours. You must provide the barcode of your card to renew on the phone.

Most items can be renewed twice if no one has placed a hold. If you owe more than $5.00 in fees, you must speak with Lending Services staff by phone at (207) 871-1700 x730 or in person to renew. You cannot renew online if you owe more than $5.00.

Please note: For items with a 3-week loan period, you may renew any time after the first week you have it out. However, the new due date will always be 3 weeks from the renewal date, not from the original due date. You may renew videos with a 7-day loan period after the first four days, and the new due date will be calculated from the renewal date.

Where can I return my items?

Return items to any location or into the book drops located at each. Items returned after closing will be checked in on the next business day.

Checkout & Return Policies

We do not charge overdue fees. However, if an item is not returned or is returned damaged, the Library may bill you for its retail value plus a $10 processing fee. If you owe more than $5.00, you may not borrow or renew materials or use public computers until the fees are paid.

Item Type
Max # Loan Period Renewals Replacement
Books 100 items 3 weeks 2 Retail cost plus $10 processing fee.
Audiobooks & Music CDs 6 items 3 weeks 2
Magazines 6 items 1 week 2
DVDs 6 items 1 week 2
Videogames 1 item 1 week 2
MaineCat Item (from other Maine libraries) local library rules 3 weeks 1
3 titles 2 weeks Re-download,
retains last page read
3 titles 3 weeks Re-download none