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                              imageHoliday Closing & Start of Summer Hours
Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2016

The library will be closed for Memorial Day

  • Saturday, May 28
  • Sunday, May 29
  • Monday May 30

May 22 is our last Sunday until September.

Summer hours begin Tuesday, May 31.

                              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!

                              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...

                              imageFloral Needlework Exhibit, May 1 - 31
Posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Visit the library during the month of May for Floral Needlework by Elizabeth Barcomb. Learn more here...

                              image3D Design Workshop begins June 1
Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016

Beginning Wednesday, June 1 at 6:30 PM we'll be hosting a 3-Week 3D Design Workshop. Please call 766-1720 to register. Learn more here...

                              imageDeath Cafe, June 4
Posted on Friday, May 27, 2016

On Saturday June 4 at 10 AM, all are welcome for a frank and open discussion about death. Refreshments will be served! This event is cohosted by the Hospice Help Foundation. Learn more here...

                              imageIntro to Crochet begins June 6
Posted on Friday, May 27, 2016

On Saturday June 6 at 10:30 AM we will begin a small, 6-week Intro to Crochet course. Please call 766-1720 to register. Learn more here...

                              imageKid Lit Author-to-Author June 8
Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016

Our Kid Lit Author-to-Author series continues Wednesday June 8 with author Denise Ortakales. At 10 AM, Denise will talk illustration, writing, and publishing children's books, and will have a book signing at 11:30 AM. Learn more here...

                              imageAdult Fiction Book Discussion, June 13
Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Join us Monday, June 13 at 1pm OR 7 pm to discuss The First of July by Elizabeth Speller (2013). Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageSummer Reading Program Kickoff, June 20!
Posted on Friday, May 27, 2016

It's almost time! The fun begins every year with our Summer Reading Program Kickoff on Four Tree Island. This year, it's on Monday June 20 at noon. Learn more here...

                              imageTiny Giants Exhibit Begins, June 20
Posted on Friday, May 27, 2016

Visit between June 20 and July 20 for a fantastic exhibit, Tiny Giants: Marine Microbes Revealed on a Grand Scale. Learn more here...

                              imageNonfiction Book Discussion, June 21
Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Join us Tuesday, June 21 at 7 pm to discuss Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall (2015). Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

                              imageUnderwater Photography, June 28
Posted on Friday, May 27, 2016

Divers Sherry Brandsema and John Hogan will visit the library on Tuesday June 28 at 7 PM to talk about diving, underwater photography, and all about marine life! Open to all ages. Learn more here...

                              imageSpecFic Book Discussion, June 29
Posted on Thursday, May 27, 2016

Join us Wednesday, May 25 at 7 pm at The Press Room to discuss Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman Mandell. Learn about the other titles we'll read here...

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

The Spring 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...

                              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...

                              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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  • Wednesdays, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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and get your questions answered.
Learn more about this great service here...
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