Message From the Director

Welcome to the Portsmouth Public Library

I am happy to have you visit our new website. The winter season has certainly been cold enough, hasn’t it? Thanks goodness all four library locations are warm, inviting spaces for story times, self-study, programs of all kinds, and so much more. 

Did you know? Your donations to our Library, the Foundation and Friends help support the purchase of materials, furnishings, and equipment; support a variety of library programs and services year-round; and supplement staff training.  Nearly 16,000 adults, teens, and children enjoyed library programs last year and all of these were funded through your support!

Our city makes Portsmouth Public Library possible, but is through our community that we make so many amazing things possible. Thanks for partnering with us and we look forward to serving you!

We have some awesome things coming up so stop by your location and see whats going on. 

 - Welcome!

Todd Elliott

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As you search the site, remember: we have four locations throughout the city, so our services are only a short drive from anywhere in Portsmouth. We offer free Internet access at each of our locations, as well as free Wi-Fi for your compatible equipment. We also offer traditional library service, so drop in to one of our convenient locations and pick up a novel, DVD, audiobook, a picture book for your little one, or all of the above.

Our staff is here to help you find a book or use a database, entertain you with a variety of programs, or provide you with space for a meeting. Friendly folks are available to help at Main Library, Churchland, Cradock, and Manor Branch Libraries. Come on in - we are here to help you.