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

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

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

Novelist

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

All library locations will close to the public beginning March 19

To Scioto County: The Portsmouth Public Library Board of Trustees met today and decided to temporarily close the Library beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18 at 6 p.m. until at least May 1. This closure is meant to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The decision mirrors the state’s decision to close K-12 schools until May 1. In addition, as of today, both the Ohio Library Council and the American Library Association released recommendations for all public libraries to close for the health of patrons and staff. The decision to close the library was not made lightly. We are entering unchartered… Read More »

Veteran Interviews

The Portsmouth Library is interviewing local military veterans. If you or someone you know would be interested in participating in this project, please call 740-354-5688 ext. 10519 to schedule an interview. The interviews will be conducted by U.S. Army veteran John McHenry. Video is the preferred format, but audio-only is also available. To view our existing veteran interview videos, check out our YouTube Channel.