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

What's Happening

We are happy to have you visit the library. Please click "Read More" for our hours and guidelines.
Gov. Dan McKee stated that beginning Tuesday, May 18th all Rhode Islanders who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks or maintain social distancing in most situations.
AncestryLibrary at home
Newspapers will return to the library for browsing on June 1st.

Book Clubs

After recommendations from the Office of Library & Information Services, the Third Tuesday Book Club will be able to meet in person on Tuesday, June 15 at 6:30 PM!  We will be discussing Dead Wake : the Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson.

Our Teen Fiction Book Club is back in person on the last Tuesday of every month going forward. Our next meeting is Tuesday, June 29th at 6:30. We will discuss The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix.  Books are available to borrow at the library. All ages welcomed for this book discussion.

About Us

Portsmouth Free Public Library grew from a group of people called the Thursday Evening Group who met at the Guild House of St. Paul's Church and at members' homes to discuss literature and culture.  It was proposed that a meeting be held to explore the possibility of a town library.  About 50 of the town's influential people attended this meeting on March 18, 1897, and a charter was granted by RI Secretary of State Charles P. Bennett on March 26, 1897 to form a library "for the distribution of books and other literary purposes."  In March 2022, the Library will be celebrating its 125th anniversary and still provides Portsmouth citizens of all ages the best in reading material and so much more.  

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

   
Mon & Tues 9-8
Wed thru Fri 9-5
Sat 9-1
Sun closed

Website funded by The Book Nook

Address
2658 E Main Rd
Portsmouth, RI
02871

Phone

(401) 683-9457

Fax

(401) 683-5013

Upcoming Events

Jun
15
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of Dead Wake : the Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larsen.  Sunk by a German U-boat, this book conicided with the 100th...
Jun
23
10:00am - 10:30am
Story time for children ages birth through 2 years.  Upstairs in the program room..  Particpants do not need masks but adult caregivers and siblings over the age of 2 years...
Jun
23
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Expert rug hooker Roberta Conti will provide advice and enthusiasm for all rug-hookers, new and experienced alike.  Bring your projects and enjoy the company of others as you...
Jun
24
10:00am - 10:30am
Story time for children ages 3-5.  Upstairs in the program room..  Particpants do not need masks but adult caregivers and siblings over the age of 2 years are required to...
Jun
15
Tuesday, June 15
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of Dead Wake : the Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larsen.  Sunk by a German U-boat, this book conicided with the 100th...
Jun
21
Monday, June 21
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join Gerald LePage, Information & Referral Specialist with Child & Family, at 6:30 at the Library to hear about the many programs that Medicare beneficiaries may not...
Jun
23
Wednesday, June 23
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Expert rug hooker Roberta Conti will provide advice and enthusiasm for all rug-hookers, new and experienced alike.  Bring your projects and enjoy the company of others as you...
Jun
29
Tuesday, June 29
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us as we discuss ...
Jun
23
Wednesday, June 23
10:00am - 10:30am
Story time for children ages birth through 2 years.  Upstairs in the program room..  Particpants do not need masks but adult caregivers and siblings over the age of 2 years...
Jun
24
Thursday, June 24
10:00am - 10:30am
Story time for children ages 3-5.  Upstairs in the program room..  Particpants do not need masks but adult caregivers and siblings over the age of 2 years are required to...
Jun
30
Wednesday, June 30
10:00am - 10:30am
Story time for children ages birth through 2 years.  Upstairs in the program room..  Particpants do not need masks but adult caregivers and siblings over the age of 2 years...
Jul
01
Thursday, July 01
10:00am - 10:30am
Story time for children ages 3-5.  Upstairs in the program room..  Particpants do not need masks but adult caregivers and siblings over the age of 2 years are required to...
Jun
29
Tuesday, June 29
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us as we discuss ...
Jul
15
Thursday, July 15
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Happy Summer Teens! Join us for the first of our two outdoor events this summer, weather permitting. We will be having a tie-dye extravaganza! Held in the grass on the...
Jul
27
Tuesday, July 27
6:30pm - 7:30pm
THERE IS NO JULY BOOK CLUB THIS MONTH! THIS MONTH'S SELECTION WILL BE DISCUSSED IN CONJUNCTION WITH AUGUST'S SELECTION AT THE AUGUST MEETING. BOTH BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE...
Aug
05
Thursday, August 05
3:00pm - 4:00pm
As we take our programming outdoors for teen option #2 this summer, Mobile Quest will be here, featuring a high flying adventure. Participants will complete 2 high-flying...

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