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Any resident of Cumberland or York County is eligible for a Portland Public Library card. To register for a Portland card at Curtis Memorial Library, bring a Maine driver’s license, or two other forms of ID with name and current street address. Young people ages 12-18 must show a  school ID with photo and have a parent or guardian co-sign the form. For more details, please stop in at the Lending Services desk.

Resources available off-site from Portland Public Library (PPL)

Facts on File World News Digest
Find US and World News from 1941 to the present.  Stories include links to previous related stories. Available from home—use 14 digit library card number.

Genealogy:  HeritageQuest offers genealogy information, including census data, local history articles, revolutionary war records and more. To use off-site, link from PPL’s website and enter your 14-digit PPL barcode. (Ancestry Plus is available from within Portland Public Library only.)

Business Research:  Mergent/Moody’s Online offers financial information on more than 10,000 publicly held corporations, plus annual reports, historical data, equity reports, and more. To use off-site, link from PPL’s website and enter your 14-digit PPL barcode. 

Reference USA:  This now includes residential and business information. Look up directory information on businesses or residences across the country. Narrow a search by criteria such as number of employees and sales.

Learn a Language:  Mango Languages is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian or English.  Available from home—set up an account with your email address and library barcode, and select a language.   

Auto Repair and MaintenanceAuto Repair Reference Center offers detailed information on auto repair and maintenance, including wiring diagrams. To use off-site, link from PPL’s website and enter your 14-digit PPL barcode. 

Small Engine Repair and MaintenanceSmall Engine Repair Reference Center has repair information for lawnmowers, watercraft, ATVs, motorcycles, tractors, snowmobiles and more. (Available through the generosity of the David K. Silverman Fund.)

Learn a TestLearn a Test helps you study and practice for exams such as ASVAB, Civil Service, SAT, US Citizenship and more. It now includes e-books, study guides for some common tests. Set up a user name and password and return to the test at any time. To use off-site, link from PPL’s website and register using your 14-digit PPL barcode. 

E-books for e-KidsRead along with animated storybooks, solve puzzles and play games with the Tumblebooks Library. To use off-site, link from PPL’s website.

Research Maine NewsThe Maine News Index Online includes abstracts and citations for articles from Portland and Maine periodicals which Portland Public Library’s Portland Room staff have compiled since 1993.
No library card needed.

Overdrive Maine Infonet Download LibraryChoose from a mix of adult and youth titles. Most titles will work on iPods and all will play on a Windows computer and WMA compatible portable device. Log in with your 14 digit library card number.  You do not need to register.

Credo ReferenceSearch hundreds of reference books from Art to Technology. Includes full text articles from dictionaries and encyclopedias to art reproductions. Available from home—use 14 digit library card number.

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