Our mission is to inspire learners, enrich lives, and empower our community.

Portage District library is committed to advancing an inclusive environment that celebrates and respects all races, religions, orientations, genders, political philosophies, backgrounds, ages, and cultures. PDL stands with the community against systemic racism and oppression of marginalized communities. We are a place where every culture learns and belongs. You belong at PDL.

Portage District Library is supported by a millage paid by taxpayers in the City of Portage and Portage Public School District. The Library is governed by an elected board and run by nearly fifty full and part-time employees. They are assisted by many volunteers from the community.

PDL strives to:

  • Optimize access to resources for information, education, and entertainment
  • Be a safe, welcoming, inclusive destination for families and individuals
  • Be a leader in strengthening our community
  • Be a community center to experience and explore local arts and culture


Library Director

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The Library’s Director is Christy Klien. She has been employed at the library since 1996. Christy began her career in Youth Services and has been on the library’s management team the majority of her time here. She became the Director in 2013.

Contact Christy via e-mail


Administrative Staff

Lawrence Kapture

Head of Adult Services
Start Date: July 2004
Contact Lawrence via e-mail


Laura Wright

Head of Youth Services
Start Date: May 2000
Contact Laura via e-mail


Colin Whitehurst

Marketing Manager
Start Date: April 2016
Contact Colin via e-mail


Abby Pylar

Head of Circulation and Technical Services
Start Date: July 2015
Contact Abigail via e-mail


Steve Rossio

Local Historian
Start Date: May 1998
Contact Steve via e-mail


Quyen Edwards

Assistant to the Director, Board Secretary
Start Date: January 2009
Contact Quyen via e-mail


Robert Foti

Business Manager
Start Date: April 2004
Contact Robert via e-mail


Rolfe Behrje

Library Systems Administrator
Start Date: October 1994
Contact Rolfe via e-mail


Doran LeFaive

Facilities Manager
Start Date: September 2019
Contact Doran via e-mail

Annual Reports

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