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New Procedures

Beginning Wednesday, November 18, 2020, in-person services, with the exception of computer access, will be suspended until further notice. Our basket raffle has been cancelled.  This decision comes after careful consideration & in...

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Curbside and Online Services

Learn more about the Curbside and Online Services currently being offered at Portage Public Library. Although the library is closed to inside services, curbside pickup, wifi access, and other services are still available for the community.

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April 11, 2021



Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Available Amenities

Public Computers
Printing, Copying, and Scanning
After Hours Book Drop
Public Restrooms

Staff Picks

Hands Up!

Get a little silly with Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel. We hope Hands Up! helps you enjoy how this one simple act can help you feel in a particular moment.

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Portage Public Library’s History

Thanks to the efforts of local women, the Portage Public Library opened in 1927. It was located in one room over the old borough building and Mrs. Nina Hess was the first librarian. Mrs. Kate Mears took over shortly after and retired in 1961. The library was kept in operation during those years through personal contributions of time and money!

 In 1961 the Portage Public Library became a member of the Cambria County Library Plan, thereby qualifying for both state and county aid. A charter for the library was obtained, and the Portage Library Association was incorporated. Also at this time Attorney Ferdinand Bionaz became a member and President of the Library Board, serving for forty years.






After 1961, several women served as librarian, including Mrs. Isabel Evans, Mrs. Hilda Dey, Mrs. Winnie Leap, Mrs. Dorothy Hess and Mrs. Jean Hepner. Mrs. Josephine Semanchek took over the responsibilities in the late ’60s and remained as librarian until her death in December 1997.

Under the leadership of Mr. Bionaz, William Kristofco, and Peter Hons, in 1971 the former VFW building on Main Street was purchased and renovated as the new library. In 2000 the card catalog and circulation functions were automated, a new front desk was installed, and new computers were added.


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