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Adult Services Coordinator

Summary The Adult Services Coordinator, under the direction of the Deputy Director, is responsible for providing collaborative guidance system-wide. The PS Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the workflow of the Reference and Circulation public desks and ensures that the department provides the best possible service for PPL patrons, staff, and the surrounding community including overseeing programming for adult and young adult patrons and collection development system-wide. Minimum Job Requirements MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution Minimum of 3-years management or supervisory experience in a library setting Minimum of 5- years of adult services work experience in a library setting The ability… Read More »

The Portsmouth Public Library is now fine free


The Portsmouth Public Library System is delighted to announce that our Board of Trustees has approved a new policy — no more daily overdue fines!  FINE-FREE FAQS What does it mean to be “fine-free”? Effective April 1, 2022, the Portsmouth Public Library System will no longer charge daily fines on overdue materials. What’s the Same: Items you check out from the Library have a due date. Some checkouts can be renewed if you need to keep them longer. If you keep your item past its due date, the Library will notify you. If you have more than 3 overdue items, your account… Read More »

Requests for Statements of Qualifications for Architectural and Engineering Services

The Board of Trustees of the Portsmouth Public Library has established a file with qualifications of providers of professional design services for use by the Board when design services are needed that will cost less than $50,000. Architects, Civil engineers and Structural engineers interested in being considered should respond with a statement of qualification. Each firm is responsible for updating its qualifications on an annual basis to remain current. (Please note there are no construction projects planned at this time and this request is for informational purposes only.) Statements of qualifications should include the following information: The firm’s history Education,… Read More »

OverDrive is now Libby!

Brought to you by your local library, and built with 💕 by OverDrive. Warm, personal, and easy to use, Libby is great for users of all ages. Read across devices All your loans, notes, bookmarks, and reading progress sync across your devices. Offline access Download ebooks and audiobooks for offline reading, or stream them to save space. Listen in your car Enjoy audiobooks in your car through Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or a Bluetooth connection. Send to Kindle If you prefer reading on your Kindle, Libby can send your library books to it. (U.S. libraries only) Scan the QR code… 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

Need wifi? Check out a mobile hotspot!

Now available for checkout, a mobile hotspot from Verizon or AT&T with unlimited data. You can use a mobile hotspot to surf the internet, get homework help, attend online classes, search for employment, or use the library’s digital resources. What you need to know: An adult library card is required to borrow the hotspot Hotspots are free to borrow for 21 days A Verizon or AT&T cellular signal is needed for the hotspot to work $1.00 per day overdue fine $100 full replacement cost Have a question or want to check one out? Call your local library.

New Service! – World Book eBooks

The World Book eBooks platform includes a rich library of beautifully illustrated titles for all ages and interests. Are you an animal fan? Learn amazing animal factoids in the Animal Lives series! Think space is pretty cool? Become an expert on black holes, alien planets, and more by reading books in the Explore the Universe series! Are comic books your thing? Journey on wild math and science adventures with characters from the Building Blocks series! Click here to get started!

LeapPads now available for check-out

It’s kid-tough and kid-friendly right out of the box. It also includes preloaded content featuring core skills in mathematics, reading and science as well as music, puzzles, logic and creativity to prepare kids for preschool and beyond. Play and Learn: Problem Solving Teamwork Letters, spelling and words Numbers and math What you need to know: A library card is required to borrow LeapPads are free to borrow for 21 days Fees apply if returned late, lost or damaged. Holds cannot be placed

Delays in statewide delivery service

Due to a recent change in the state-wide library delivery service, all Ohio libraries are experiencing long delays in receiving requested books, DVDs and other materials. This delay is NOT affecting any requests for items owned by the Portsmouth Public Library System but only items requested from other libraries. We apologize for any inconvenience you may be experiencing. If possible, please request items owned by the Portsmouth Public Library system.