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Part-Time Local History Associate

Type: Part-Time (24 hours per week) Salary: $11.64/hr Supervisor: Local History Coordinator Application Procedure: Online only. No paper applications accepted. Summary: The Local History Associate provides assistance lo on-site patrons with genealogy and local history research; performs research for others through correspondence including telephone, letters, and email; maintains department files and Ohio documents, and files and indexes department resources. The Local History Associate also plans and presents programming for adults and younger patrons; assembles displays, maintains archival collection; and performs miscellaneous duties including book repair, book binding, shelving and cleaning Minimum Job Requirements: The ability to meet scheduled hours with… Read More »

2020 Ohio Voting/Registration Information

ELECTION DATE 2020 : NOVEMBER 3RD You must Register To Vote no later than Monday, October 5, 2020. Register online at VoteOhio.gov, or, at the Portsmouth Public Library. Contact library staff for assistance at 354-5688. We’re happy to help! There are 3 ways to cast your vote in the November 3rd election: 1. Go to your polling location on November 3rd. 2. Or, Vote by Absentee Ballot: – Request an Absentee Ballot online at VoteOhio.gov; or, – Pickup an Application for Absentee Ballot at the Portsmouth Public Library.. 3. Or, Vote Early and “In-Person” at the Scioto County Courthouse, 602… Read More »


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


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. Click here to access hoopla Digital

Ohio Digital Library

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

Ohio Web Library

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 Project

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

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