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                              imageUpdated Digitized Collections Page
Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The library’s digital archive has been redesigned to better share our collections with the community. Visit to see the newly-added Adams Collection and comment on our shared local history. Learn more here...

                              imageWinter Issue of The Parrott is Here!
Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Winter 2017 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...

                              imageAARP Tax Aide Feb 2 - Apr 13
Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017

AARP Tax Aide is back, on Thursdays 4:30 - 7:30 PM and Sundays 1:30 - 4:30. Drop in or schedule an appointment by calling 211. Learn more here...

                              imageFilm: Nine to Ninety, Mar 21
Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2017

Join us for the next movie in our March Movie Madness series on March 21 at 6:30 PM, when we'll show the documentary Nine to Ninety. This event is sponsored by Cornerstone VNA. Learn more here...

                              imageNonfiction Book Discussion, Mar 21
Posted on Thursday, Febrary 23, 2017

Join us on Tuesday, March 21 at 7 pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss Tattoos on the Heart by Greg Boyle. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageZine Day, Mar 25
Posted on Thursday, March 2, 2017

Do you make art? Do you write poetry? Do you have opinion or a feeling you want to express? On March 25 you could learn how to make a zine! Bring your friends and your work. We'll provide the materials. Learn more here...

                              imageSpecFic Book Discussion, Mar 29
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017

Join the Speculative Fiction Book Club on Wednesday, March 29 at 7 pm at The Press Room to discuss Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageFiction Book Discussion, Apr 10
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Join us on Monday, April 10 at 1 pm or 7 pm in the Hilton Garden Room to discuss The Blessings by Elise Juska. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageGenealogy Workshop, Apr 23
Posted on Monday, February 27, 2017

Join us Sunday April 23 from 2 - 4 PM for Research Help with Experts. Library staff, volunteers, professional genealogists, and DAR members will be on hand to help. See all upcoming genealogy programs here...

                              imageWeekly Meditation Continues
Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2017

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 offered include: Microsoft and Adobe products, website development, business skills, design skills, a/v 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...

                              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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