How Can I...

Get a library card?

Learn about where and how to apply, eligibility, renewing, and lost cards on the Library Card page here.

Search the catalog?

Use the search bar at the top of this page (or in the menu if you are using a mobile device) and select "Catalog".

Or, visit the catalog directly by clicking here.

Search the library's website?

Use the search bar at the top of this page (or in the menu if you are using a mobile device) and select "Entire Site". It is worth noting that this will search the entirety of the City of Portsmouth's sites.

Renew an item?

How to Renew

  • In person @ the library
  • By telephone @ (603) 427-1540
  • Renew online by logging in to your account, selecting the title you want to renew, and clicking the renew button.


Place a hold?

How to place a hold online:

  1. To place a hold you must have a valid Portsmouth Public Library card.
  2. Log in to your Library Account using your library card barcode number and PIN number from the My Account link or the link at the top of the Catalog that says 'Login to Your Library Account'.
  3. Conduct a search in the Library Catalog
  4. To request that the item be saved for you (placed on hold), click on the REQUEST button. The system will immediately notify you if your request was accepted – “your request for ________was successful” .
  5. The library will notify you by email or by phone when a requested item is ready for pickup. The item is placed on the self-serve pickup shelves under your last name. Items are wrapped for privacy.
  6. Items are held for 5 business days before the hold is automatically cancelled and the item is moved to the next person or returned to the shelves.

Learn more about placing a hold on the How to Borrow page by clicking here

View my library account?

You can view your library account information by logging into the library catalog here.

Find out about story times?

For information about storytimes you can visit the PPL Youth page by clicking here

Find out about library programs?

Visit the library's calendar to see all upcoming events.

Look up new items?

You can find a list of new items in the library catalog by visiting the catalog here.