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                              imageHappy 10th Anniversary To Us!
Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2016

This year, Portsmouth Public Library’s building celebrates its 10th anniversary. Help us celebrate our past, present & future with events, activities and prizes! Learn more here...

                              imageViews of PPL Exhibit Nov 1 - Jan 3
Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Visit the library from November 1 - January 3 for an exhibit by various local artists, showcasing their Views of PPL. Join us for a reception on Sunday November 6, 2 - 4 PM. Learn more here...

                              imageAfter Hours Finale Party, Dec 10
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 10 from 6 - 8:30 PM for our 10th Anniversary Finale Party. The Soggy Po' Boys will be playing! We'll have free food, music, and other activities! Learn more here...

                              imageFiction Book Discussion, Dec 12
Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Join us on Monday, December 12 at 7 pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageWorld Affairs: U.S. Foreign Policy, Dec 13
Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2016

On Tuesday, December 13 in the Levenson Community Room, Stephen M. Walt of Harvard University will speak on U.S. Foreign Policy: Strategies for the Future in our ongoing World Affairs series. Learn more here...

                              imageSpecFic Book Discussion, Jan 25
Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2016

Join the Speculative Fiction Book Club on Wednesday, January 25 at 7 pm at The Press Room to discuss The Passage by Justin Cronin. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageWeekly Meditation Continues
Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The library hosts weekly meditation on Monday nights at 6 PM, and Wednesday afternoons at 12:15 PM. All are welcome (including beginners!) to drop in and sit with our volunteer practitioners. Learn more here...

                              imageDOWNLOAD MOVIES, MUSIC, & MORE!
Posted on Monday, May 2, 2016

The Portsmouth Public Library is excited to announce hoopla! Download or stream movies, TV, music, comics, audiobooks, and more! No holds. No waiting. No returns. Find out more here!

                              imageSpeak a language? Practice here!
Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Join one of our Language Discussion Groups in French, Spanish, German or Italian, to meet others who speak the language and keep your skills fresh. See the schedule here or check our calendar.

                     for Library Cardholders
Posted on Monday, June 1, 2015

Portsmouth Library cardholders now have free access to almost 3,000 courses at These self-paced, video-based training courses are offered on a wide range of computer skills for beginning, intermediate, and advanced users. Topics offered include: the entire suite of Microsoft and Adobe products, website development, business skills, design skills, audio and video tools, creative inspirations, and much more. Learn more here...

                              imageNew York Times: Free & Unlimited
Posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

We now offer free & unlimited access to the New York Times online. Read in the library, or use your library card to access from home. Learn more here...

                              imageSummer Issue of The Parrott is Here!
Posted on Monday, March 7, 2016

The Summer issue of The Parrott is now available online and in print at the library! Featuring book reviews, interviews, and more by the PPL staff, The Parrott will give you a look inside the library and at your own community! Pick up a copy, or read it here...

                              imageSubscribe to the Monthly Library Newsletter!
Posted on Monday, December 1, 2014

Learn about upcoming events, new services, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the library in our monthly newsletter! Sign Up Here. Or, view past issues.

                              image Help with eReaders, Smartphones & Tablets
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2014
How do I get that eBook I downloaded onto my Kindle? How in the world do I silence my iPhone? Can I read an eBook on my iPad? Is there an App for that? Just call 766-1720 to schedule a personal appointment on
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