Portland Public Library


Portland Public Library


Portland Public Library, like every other library in the state and across the country, has had to figure out how to serve the community while keeping patrons and staff safe. The photos and other items in this collection illustrate what library services look like during the pandemic.

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PPL To Go Webpage
Screenshot of Portland Public Library's PPL To Go webpage, captured June 18,2020. The library, while still closed to the public, began allowing patrons to pick up items they had requested.

PPL To Go Rules of Service Sign
Sign in front of Portland Public Library's main branch, detailing the procedures for curbside pick-up of requested library materials.

Curbside Pickups at Peaks Island Branch
Peaks Island branch library patrons on horseback pick up their requested library books!

Printing Hold Slips for Library Patrons, Riverton Branch
For almost three months, no library materials circulated. When Portland Public Library announced its curbside service -- PPL To Go -- patrons responded eagerly. Here, a Riverton librarian prints hold slips for materials requested by patrons.

PPL To Go, Monument Square
Staff at the main branch of the Portland Public Library -- and the Little Water Girl -- get ready to welcome patrons for curbside pickup.

Working from Home
Portland Public Library staff at a meeting via Zoom.

making myself at work
Portland Public Library's Archivist at work, in the library and at home.

Virtual programming at PPL
Library programs move online! This screenshot of a tweet advertises a literary lunch program with author Layne Witherell, in collaboration with Print: a Bookstore. Witherell will discuss his book, Wine Maniacs.

Join Maine's Poet Laureate Linda Aldrich as she welcomes four current Maine poets: Stuart Kestenbaum (Maine State Poet Laureate), Betsy Sholl (former Maine State Poet Laureate), Gretchen Berg, and Colin Cheney who will read their own work and that of…

It was a quiet day in the library... the book truck sounded loud rumbling over Portland Public's orange carpet.
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