Expanded WiFi is available!

We may be closed but WiFi is available! Wifi access is now available in the parking lots of all locations. The signal is stronger closer to the buildings and public entrances.

Expanded Database Access

During the COVID-19 outbreak, many information providers are making their resources more widely accessible to library patrons. Here are some resources that are temporarily available with your library card. Click Here to Access the Databases

All library locations will close to the public beginning March 19

To Scioto County: The Portsmouth Public Library Board of Trustees met today and decided to temporarily close the Library beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18 at 6 p.m. until at least May 1. This closure is meant to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The decision mirrors the state’s decision to close K-12 schools until May 1. In addition, as of today, both the Ohio Library Council and the American Library Association released recommendations for all public libraries to close for the health of patrons and staff. The decision to close the library was not made lightly. We are entering unchartered… Read More »

Time Traveler Newsletter March-April

Welcome to The Time Traveler: Portsmouth Past and Present! Our goal is to bring Scioto County, Ohio’s past to life through engaging articles, archives, and images that residents can be proud to share today. Be on the lookout for our next issue in May!

Time Traveler Newsletter Jan-Feb

Welcome to The Time Traveler: Portsmouth Past and Present! Our goal is to bring Scioto County, Ohio’s past to life through engaging articles, archives, and images that residents can be proud to share today. Be on the lookout for our next issue in March!

Veteran Interviews

The Portsmouth Library is interviewing local military veterans. If you or someone you know would be interested in participating in this project, please call 740-354-5688 ext. 10519 to schedule an interview. The interviews will be conducted by U.S. Army veteran John McHenry. Video is the preferred format, but audio-only is also available. To view our existing veteran interview videos, check out our YouTube Channel.

Time Traveler Newsletter Nov/Dec

Welcome to The Time Traveler: Portsmouth Past and Present! Our goal is to bring Scioto County, Ohio’s past to life through engaging articles, archives, and images that residents can be proud to share today. Be on the lookout for our next issue in January!

Announcing a New Digital Service – hoopla!

The Portsmouth Public Library System is excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital – all you need is a valid library card! Portsmouth Public Library System card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device or visit hoopladigital.com to begin enjoying thousands of titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets and computers. hoopla digital has… Read More »

Time Traveler Newsletter July/Aug

Welcome to The Time Traveler: Portsmouth Past and Present! Our goal is to bring Scioto County, Ohio’s past to life through engaging articles, archives, and images that residents can be proud to share today. Be on the lookout for our next issue in September!

TumbleBooks

The Portsmouth Public Library offers the TumbleBook Library for use by our library patrons. This library 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. These electronic books are a literacy resource that keeps children interested and involved in reading and are great for children learning to read. The interactive web site keeps children engaged and contributes to success in school while helping to instill a love of reading. The TumbleBook Library collection can… Read More »

Time Traveler Newsletter May/June

Welcome to The Time Traveler: Portsmouth Past and Present! Our goal is to bring Scioto County, Ohio’s past to life through engaging articles, archives, and images that residents can be proud to share today. Be on the lookout for our next issue in July!