Digital Library

Reopening Process Now Underway!

Hello! The Portsmouth Public Library System and staff are excited to begin the reopening process! Libraries across Ohio are reopening in phases and we are happy to announce that the Portsmouth Library System is beginning Phase 2 this week. For the next two weeks staff are returning to all locations to receive safety training, install plastic barriers and sanitize the buildings/materials.

Phase 3 will begin on Monday, June 1, with telephone reference services and a new materials pick-up service. The telephone reference service will allow patrons to have their information needs answered and to place holds on library materials without having to visit a physical location. The materials pick-up service will have patrons place holds via telephone or internet and pick-up the materials at a requested location. Please check back next week for more information about these services.

Although all library locations will remain closed to the public until further notice, we are excited to begin to offer patrons access to library materials in a safe and contactless manner. In addition, please use the online services the library offers such as hoopla, Ohio Digital Library, Tumblebooks, Creativebug and many other wonderful resources available with your library card!

Please use our Contact Us form to email the library during our temporary closure.

Click here to contact the library via email.


Creativebug offers online video arts and crafts workshops and techniques. Learn how to paint, knit, crochet, sew, screen print, and more.

Click here to access CreativeBug

The world’s largest online family history resource can give you instant access to hundreds of years of history in billions of historical documents and millions of photos from all over the world.

Click here to access Ancestry Library Edition

Use this form to apply for a library card and get immediate access to Ohio Digital Library and Hoopla Digital.

Click here to register for a library card



Use our online catalog to search for library materials, place items on hold, and view your account details. Your library card number and PIN number are required to place holds.

Click here to access the PPL Online Catalog


Portsmouth Public Library System card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit to begin enjoying thousands of titles.

Click here to access hoopla Digital

A large collection of ebooks and audiobooks can be downloaded to your device. For first time users, click on the following guides for instructions:

Click here to access the Ohio Digital Library

TumbleBooks is a collection of TumbleBooks – animated, talking picture books – suited for elementary school children. TumbleBooks are created from existing picture books, adding sound, animation, music and narration to create an electronic picture book.

Click here to access Tumble Books

The Ohio Web Library is an evolving collection of thousands of online publications and research resources. The Ohio Web Library includes: popular magazines, trade publications, scholarly research journals, newspapers, encyclopedias, dictionaries, speeches, poems, plays, maps, satellite images of Ohio, and more.

Click here to access the Ohio Web Library

There’s not enough time to read everything. Choose your next read wisely with book recommendations from the experts. Discover new books based on your likes and dislikes; Get a critic’s perspective of your book club pick to drum up a lively discussion; Find out which books you should read in series order.

Click here to access Novelist

Ohio Memory is the collaborative digital library of the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio, which includes collections from more than 360 cultural heritage institutions from all of Ohio’s 88 counties.

Click here to access the Ohio Memory Project

If you need further assistance, please call the library.

Click here to find a phone number




The Portsmouth Public Library now offers free access to the online library of instructional video tutorials. Log in with your library card number and PIN, create your account, and enjoy unlimited access to instructional content.

Click here to access