At Home Covid Tests

Pick up a COVID test at your local library! Contact a branch library for more information. The library is a distribution site to pick up a test kit for at-home use. Some things of note about this test: In order to keep staff as safe as possible, all pickups will be outside via contactless delivery or staff delivering to cars in marked parking spaces.  Tests are to be taken at home, not at the library. Do not scan or open the test until instructed. A professional at OHIO.EMED.COM will guide you through the test-taking process. The expiration dates of these… Read More »

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!

2021 Ohio Voting/Registration Information

ELECTION DATE 2021 : NOVEMBER 2nd You must Register To Vote no later than Monday, October 4, 2021. Register online at, 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 2nd election: 1. Go to your polling location on November 2nd. 2. Or, Vote by Absentee Ballot: – Request an Absentee Ballot online at; 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 »

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.

We're Hiring

Full-Time Circulation Clerk

Type: Full Time Salary: $9.64/hr Supervisor: Circulation Manager Application Procedure: Online only. No paper applications accepted. Summary: The Circulation Clerk position is responsible for circulation services including checking materials in/out, informing patrons of outstanding account balances, tendering fines, processing library card applications, maintaining patron records, and providing exceptional customer service. This position is also responsible for shelving the collections found in the Public Services Department. Minimum Job Requirements: The ability to meet scheduled hours with rare absences; includes evenings and weekends High school diploma or equivalent No previous library experience required; customer service experience preferred The ability to use the… Read More »

We're Hiring

Part-Time Local History Associate

Type: Part-Time (24 hours per week) Salary: $9.64/hr Supervisor: Local History Coordinator Application Procedure: Online only. No paper applications accepted. Summary: The Local History Associate provides assistance to 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 »

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States

ProQuest invites you to explore the new Black Freedom Struggle website, featuring expertly selected open primary source documents. Visitors will find historical newspaper articles, pamphlets, diaries, correspondence and more from specific time periods in U.S. history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom. This resource supports a wide range of students, from middle and high school to college, as well independent researchers and anyone interested in learning more about the ongoing Black Freedom Struggle. These reliable, easily discoverable materials may be used for homework assignments, personal inquiry, research papers and National History Day type-projects… Read More »