2658 East Main Road | Portsmouth, RI | 02871 | (401) 683-9457 | Hours

What's Happening

Visit the library and talk with US Census Recruiting Assistant Edith Kloss to find out more about jobs during Census 2020.
Find out about Medicare Open Enrollment Period at the Library on Wednesday, November 20 at 2 PM.
Sunday, December 1st at 5:30 PM at Portsmouth Free Public Library

Book Clubs

Our Third Tuesday Book Club will meet Tuesday, November 19 at 4:30 and 6:30 to discuss Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  Refreshments will be served.

Our Teen Fiction Book Club will meet November 26th at 6:30 to discuss Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton.   All ages are welcomed.

About Us

The mission of Portsmouth Free Public Library is to serve as an essential resource that grows with our community, enhances the quality of life of our users, supports lifelong learning, and offers access to information in a variety of ways. We provide outstanding customer service and a welcoming environment for all.  The Library shall enthusiastically promote its functions in the community, provide full access to a broad variety of materials and information, including beyond the local collection, and function with efficiency and courtesy to provide a pleasant experience.

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Portsmouth Free Public Library. It consists of members who are elected from the Portsmouth Free Public Library Association.  The Board meets on the first Monday of each month at 7 PM.  In case of a Monday holiday, the Board will meet on the second Monday of the month.  The first Monday in May is the annual meeting.

Association membership is open to all residents of the Town of Portsmouth who are eighteen years of age and pay annual dues. The Portsmouth Town Council may appoint two Trustees. The Trustees serve without remuneration of any kind. Non Residents may join the Association but do not have voting rights.

Hours & Contact

Fall/Winter Hours (Labor Day - Memorial Day)  
M-Thu 9am-8pm
Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 9am-5pm
Sun 1pm-5pm

Website funded by The Book Nook

Address
2658 E Main Rd
Portsmouth, RI
02871

Phone: (401) 683-9457

Fax:  (401) 683-5013

Upcoming Events

Nov
18
10:00am - 10:30am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Beth welcome you to a short program for babies and yearlings, up to 24 months.  There will be lots of play time and socialization for the children and...
Nov
18
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Join us for our second YouTube Paint Night! BYOB, so 21+ only please. Painting will be a fall scene. Registration opens on September 1st. Limited to 14 participants. 
Nov
18
4:00pm - 4:30pm
A relaxed discussion of Sharon Creech's "Granny Torrelli Makes Soup".  Read it aloud as a family or independently.  This book is recommended for readers grades 3 - 6. ...
Nov
19
10:00am - 10:45am
Ms. Johnna and Ms. Ashley will present stories, songs, and a small craft.  Perfect for preschoolers ready to fall in love with learning!  For children 3 through 5 years of...
Nov
18
Monday, November 18
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Join us for our second YouTube Paint Night! BYOB, so 21+ only please. Painting will be a fall scene. Registration opens on September 1st. Limited to 14 participants. 
Nov
19
Tuesday, November 19
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Drop by the reference desk and one of our staff members will help answer your technology questions.  Use our laptop or bring your own device.  Bring your questions and...
Nov
19
Tuesday, November 19
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Join us for a discussion of Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Doris Kearns Goodwin examines four presidents —Abraham Lincoln, Theodore...
Nov
19
Tuesday, November 19
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Doris Kearns Goodwin examines four presidents —Abraham Lincoln, Theodore...
Nov
18
Monday, November 18
10:00am - 10:30am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Beth welcome you to a short program for babies and yearlings, up to 24 months.  There will be lots of play time and socialization for the children and...
Nov
18
Monday, November 18
4:00pm - 4:30pm
A relaxed discussion of Sharon Creech's "Granny Torrelli Makes Soup".  Read it aloud as a family or independently.  This book is recommended for readers grades 3 - 6. ...
Nov
19
Tuesday, November 19
10:00am - 10:45am
Ms. Johnna and Ms. Ashley will present stories, songs, and a small craft.  Perfect for preschoolers ready to fall in love with learning!  For children 3 through 5 years of...
Nov
20
Wednesday, November 20
10:00am - 10:45am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Kathy will present stories, songs, and a small craft.  Perfect for preschoolers ready to fall in love with learning!  For children 3 through 5 years of age...
Nov
25
Monday, November 25
5:00pm - 7:45pm
As part of her PHS senior project, local student Isabella is hosting a poetry reading with approximately 10 readers from the high school Poetry Club. She is selling a book...
Nov
26
Tuesday, November 26
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Love Young Adult fiction? This is the place for you! All ages are welcome to discuss a YA title each month. Refreshments (usually all homemade by Sue!) are served, and no...
Nov
27
Wednesday, November 27
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Library will close at 5 pm due to holiday
Nov
28
Thursday, November 28
9:00am - 8:00pm
Library closed due to holiday

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