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Mission and Philosophy


To ensure all students are effective and ethical users and creators of information in a changing world.



The South Portland Library Department strives to provide students and faculty with the following:

  • A personalized learning environment for academic and personal research and growth;
  • A judgement-free space which promotes the exchange of various ideas and opinions with others;
  • Instruction in effective and ethical use and creation of information;
  • Inspiration to create, explore, collaborate, challenge, and enrich their learning through literacy and hands-on learning;
  • Equitable access to a well-rounded collection of resources that meets the needs of diverse learners.

Family Services

The Skillin Library is for families! Parents and family members may come and check out books or send in a request for books for their child. Just send in a note through your child's teacher.

Lost or Damaged Books

Ensuring that all students have access to quality reading materials is an essential part of school. All students, regardless of outstanding loans, can check books out.

We treat lost, overdue, and damaged books as an educational opportunity for your child in keeping with our 21st Century Skill Standard for Initiative and Responsibility. If a child has reached his or her lending limit, or has overdue books, we will begin a conversation with your child about the best course of action. That may include strategies for finding books, remembering books, or limiting the number of books that go home. 

We do not want any student unable to bring home books because of a lost or overdue book. If you think a book checked out to your child is lost, please contact the library so that we can begin a search here at school. Most lost books are found. If a book has truly been lost or destroyed, we welcome reimbursement for the cost of the book, or a replacement copy, but this is not required.

Family Resources