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

The Children's Room is closed until further notice due to flooding. Story times will be held upstairs in the Mello Program Room.

Fall hours begin Tuesday, September 7.

What's Happening

We are happy to have you visit the library. Please click "Read More" for our hours and guidelines.
Please remember that if you are not fully vaccinated, or between the ages of 3 and 11 years old, a mask is required when you visit the library.
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Book Clubs

The Third Tuesday Book Club will be meeting in person on Tuesday, September 21 at 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM!  We will be discussing The Wife by Meg Wolitzer.

Our Teen Fiction Book Club is back in person on the last Tuesday of every month going forward. Our next meeting is Tuesday, September 28th at 6:30. We will discuss The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein.  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 - Wed 9-8
Thurs & Fri 9-6
Sat 9-5
Sun 1-5

Website funded by The Book Nook

Address
2658 E Main Rd
Portsmouth, RI
02871

Phone

(401) 683-9457

Fax

(401) 683-5013

Upcoming Events

Sep
21
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for babies age 0-18 months! Older children are always welcome. Unvaccinated children and adults over the age of 2 MUST wear a mask.
Sep
21
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Join us for a discussion of The Wife...
Sep
21
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of The Wife...
Sep
22
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for toddlers age 18 months- 2 years! Older children are always welcome. Unvaccinated children and adults over the age of 2 MUST wear a mask.
Sep
21
Tuesday, September 21
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Join us for a discussion of The Wife...
Sep
21
Tuesday, September 21
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of The Wife...
Sep
22
Wednesday, September 22
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul by John M Barry is the September PHS selection.   For four hundred years, Americans have fought over the proper...
Sep
26
Sunday, September 26
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Welcome back to in-person programming! Join us in the Mello program room to learn about what we have available for local history and genealogical resources in the library....
Sep
21
Tuesday, September 21
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for babies age 0-18 months! Older children are always welcome. Unvaccinated children and adults over the age of 2 MUST wear a mask.
Sep
22
Wednesday, September 22
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for toddlers age 18 months- 2 years! Older children are always welcome. Unvaccinated children and adults over the age of 2 MUST wear a mask.
Sep
23
Thursday, September 23
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for children age 3-5 years! Younger children are always welcome. Unvaccinated children and adults over the age of 2 MUST wear a mask.
Sep
24
Friday, September 24
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for children age 3-5 years! Younger children are always welcome. Unvaccinated children and adults over the age of 2 MUST wear a mask.
Sep
23
Thursday, September 23
4:30pm - 5:30pm
For teens in grades 6-12. Join us in creating gas-powered high flying machines outdoors! Mobile Quest will be here to show you how. A great interactive program! This program...
Sep
28
Tuesday, September 28
6:30pm - 7:30pm
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Oct
26
Tuesday, October 26
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us as we discuss ...
Nov
30
Tuesday, November 30
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us as we discuss ...

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