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

Free COVID Test Kits Coming Soon

We are working to make the AT-HOME COVID TEST KITS AVAILABLE SOON!!! The State of Ohio announced today that free Covid Testing kits are available at many Ohio public libraries. The Portsmouth Public Library System’s kits have not yet arrived nor do we have a tentative delivery date. We will post updated information when the kits arrive including the process for obtaining a kit from the library.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

September is Library Card Sign Up Month Explore everything your library card gives you during this month-long celebration. Printed books, magazines, and newspapers 24/7 online access to e-books, audiobooks, movies, and more! DVDs, Blu-rays, and audiobooks Internet access, Wi-Fi, and computers Online programming, databases, and research materials Expert reading recommendations And much more!

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 »

Materials Pickup Service

Pick up your library items in a safe and contact-free way with our Materials Pickup Service! Call your library today to place items on hold and schedule a pick-up date and time.

CreativeBug

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

hoopla

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