Jay County Public Library 
315 N. Ship Street, Portland, IN  47371 
(260) 726-7890 or fax (260) 726-7317
Monday-Friday 8 to 8   Saturday 8 to 5


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Monday through Friday  
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays
Also closed on the following holidays:
Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, and New Year's Day

Location:  315 N. Ship Street, Portland, Indiana
Two blocks west of Meridian Street (U.S. 27, the main north-south street in Portland) and three blocks south of Votaw Street (U.S.67 and Indiana 26 entering Portland from the west).

About JCPL

Governance and Funding:  
The library is governed by a seven-member board, with members appointed by the Jay County Council, Jay County Commission, or Jay School Corporation. Members are appointed for four-year terms, serve without pay, and meet at least monthly. While the library is primarily funded by county property tax, money is also received from the county option income tax, financial institution tax, excise tax, fines, fees and copy machine receipts.

Board meetings and members


Long Range Plan

The 2014 long range plan is available to read or print in either a condensed version or the complete plan .


Brief History of the Jay County Public Library
In 1902 a grant of $15,000 from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation was used to construct the Portland City Library on East Walnut Street.  The building was expanded in 1973.  In 1976 the library taxing district was enlarged to include several townships in the county and the name was changed to Jay County Public Library.

The present 24,000 square foot facility, constructed in 1996, was funded by a general obligation bond issue; donations from local organizations and individuals; and state and federal grants.  The library serves a population of 17,797.  With around 100,000 items available for use, annual circulation is around 300,000 items.

More detailed history of the library.

Centennial Celebration Features



Built in 1996, the library building was designed to meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act. A wheelchair is available for patron use in the building. Wheelchair-height online catalog computers are available, one near the circulation desk and one in the adult area.  Accessible rest rooms are available in the entry foyer and a companion-assisted rest room is in the north end of the building. 

Large print books and recorded books are displayed in the adult area.  The children's collection includes many recorded book sets as well.

Book Drop:  
Two outside drops are available for after-hours returns; one is for books, the other for audio visual materials. Note:  Materials placed in the drops after closing are considered to have been returned the next day. 

Classes: From time to time library staff members teach classes on such topics as basic library usage, genealogy research techniques, and using the Internet.  Dates are posted at the library and announced in the library's newsletter and local newspaper.

Public computers and Internet Access:  Seven computers are available for public use for Internet and word processing.  Four  additional "Express Internet" stations allow limited time use for quick checks of email or information.  In the Indiana Room computers have limited Internet access for genealogy research.  An additional station with no Internet connection is available in the Indiana Room for word processing tasks. 

Free wireless Internet access is available throughout the library building for use with your laptop computer or other wireless device.  Use your library card and password, or sign in at the circulation desk for a guest pass good for that day.


Endowment: In 1993 the library established an endowment in the Portland Foundation. Donations are invited in memory of people or in honor of events and should be made directly to the Foundation. The interest income is an annual source of support for programming and capital expenditures.  

Learn more about making gifts to the library of material in honor or in memory of someone special.

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Jay County Public Library  Portland, Indiana