Portsmouth Public Library

By Audrey Stratton | Local Happenings


In February of 1906 the Portsmouth Public Library opened its doors for the very first time. Andrew Carnegie, a philanthropist who made millions in the steel industry, donated the original $50,000 for the building. 


This beautiful building is located at 1220 Gallia Street with locations in Lucasville, New Boston, South Webster, Wheelersburg, and a travelling bookmobile. 


They are well integrated into the community and offer many programs for the community. Currently, they offer several virtual programs such as; storytimes and online trivia through their Facebook page. 


They also offer “Take and Make” crafts that can be picked up at any of their library locations. Now through August 15th, their Summer Reading program is available for all ages. You can sign up at YOURPPL.READSQUARED.COM or in person at any of their locations. 

Obtaining a library card is free to any Ohio resident or Kentucky resident (Lewis or Greenup Counties) of any age! You can stop in to one of their locations or apply for one online and access their digital library collection. 


Coming soon is the Carneigie library! Reitz Stone, McDermott Stone, and Smith Lumber landed contracts to build the new facility. The Portsmouth Daily Times announced that the library would be built using local materials and local labor. 


Even though COVID is still affecting us, they felt it was important to stay open for the community. All locations are open with limited hours. To see what their hours are, or more information, go to their website at www.yourppl.org or call 740-354-5688.


Check them out here on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yourppl/


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