NEW UPDATE JUNE 1: PPL bookdrops are open! Materials are due June 29 and no overdue fees will be incurred until after that date including MaineCat and ILL items. See our FAQ page for more details. We are developing plans for re-establishing services at our locations in conjunction with city and state authorities. We look forward to being able to welcome you to the Library again, and we will make a public announcement when our re-open date is set. See our COVID-19 information page for 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 open a temporary eResource library card, please email us at lending@portlib.org
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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 overdue/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. Please do not put money in the bookdrops.

Checkout & Return Policies

Adult Items Max # Loan Period Renewals Overdue Fees Max Fee/Item
Books 6 items/ topic 3 weeks 2 25¢/day $10
Audiobooks & Music CDs 6 items 3 weeks 2
Magazines varies varies varies
DVDs 6 items 7 days 2 25¢/day
Videogames 1 item 7 days 2
MaineCat Item (from other Maine libraries) local library rules 3 weeks 1 varies
Downloadable
e-Books
3 titles 2 weeks Re-download,
retains last page read
none none
Downloadable
e-audiobooks
3 titles 3 weeks Re-download none none

 

Children & Teen Items Max # Loan Period Renewals Allowed Overdue Fees Max Fee/Item
Books 6 items/ topic 3 weeks 2 10¢/day $2.50
Audiobooks & Music CDs 6 items 3 weeks 2
Magazines varies varies varies
DVDs 6 items 7 days 2 10¢/day $2.50
Videogames 1 item 7 days 2 $1.00/day $10.00
MaineCat Item (from other Maine libraries) local library rules 3 weeks 1 varies $10.00
Downloadable
e-Books
3 titles 2 weeks Re-download,
retains last page read
none none
Downloadable
e-audiobooks
3 titles 3 weeks Re-download none none

We charge overdue fees on open days only, up to the maximum for that type of item (see chart). If you owe more than $5.00, you may not borrow or renew materials or use public computers until the fees are paid. If an item is not returned or is returned damaged, the Library may bill you for its retail value plus a $10 processing fee.