Winter is Bearable with a Book Bundle

Cozy up with a Book Bundle this winter for a chance to win fun prizes! If you find a Golden Ticket inside your bundle, bring it to a library desk to claim your prize.

Drive-Up Santa Visits

Join us for a drive-up visit with Santa starting at 5:30pm at all library locations. Park your car in the marked spot and wait for Santa to come up to your car. You can snap a picture of Santa and share with him what you want for Christmas all from inside your car. He might even have a surprise for you! Registration is required for all dates except the Bookmobile at the Otway Covered Bridge. To register, call 740-354-5562 or your local library. This event is free and for all ages. Portsmouth Public Library Tuesday, November 6th Lucasville Library Monday,… 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

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!

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.

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 »

Try our new Book Bundles!

Check out a Book Bundle today at any library location! In a hurry? Don’t know what to read? A Book Bundle has hand-selected books from popular genres–ready to go! What’s it all about? Book Bundles is a new service to help you get quick access to a variety of reading material for all ages. If you’ve missed browsing our new book shelves, use Book Bundles to browse a sample from home. Book Bundles are library items grouped together by format (such as books or audio) or by topic or genre. A variety of Book Bundles are available each month at the library–just grab and go! Or, request your own personalized Book… Read More »