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Portland Public Library (PPL) is open to the public at all branches! 

PPL To-Go has been discontinued. Find open hours at your branch.


How do I place a new hold? Can I still get recommendations from staff?
You can place a hold online in our catalog, or by calling the Main Library (871-1700), Peaks Island (766-5540), Burbank (774-4229), or Riverton (797-2915).

When can I pick up my holds?
After you get the notification that your holds are available, visit your chosen pick-up location. Make sure you receive the notification that your hold is ready before coming to pick up your item(s).

How are you keeping patrons and staff safe?
All of our staff are wearing face coverings , and we are requesting that all patrons also wear a face covering, as we serve children and others who are not eligible for the vaccine. At our branch locations, there are capacity limits on the number of people allowed in the space at one time.

Can I come in and browse the books yet?
Yes! All branches are open, although there are capacity limits at Burbank, Riverton, and Peaks Island.

Do I need a library card to use the Library?
Yes, you do! If you need to apply for a new card, please email for more information.

Thank you for visiting your Library. We are glad to see you!


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