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

What's Happening

A Second Session has been added on Tuesdays at 12:30 pm!
What to Do - Medicare 101 on Turning 65. March 14 at 1 pm
We have RI resident and non-resident forms. We no longer have federal forms.
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Once a month, we will host an informal drop in with resources for families and caregivers

Book Clubs

The 3rd Tuesday Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, March 19 at 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM!  The March book is The Ends of the World by Peter Brannen.  Refreshments will be served.

Our Mystery Meetup Book Club is on to our third selection.  This time we will discuss a YA novel where the mystery revolves around a hunt for clues and answers in a small Massachusetts town with a lot of secrets to be kept.  We can't wait to dig through The Rosewood Hunt by Mackenzie Reed on Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 PM.  Copies are available to borrow at the Circulation Desk.

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 celebrated its 125th anniversary and continues to provide 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
Thu - 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

Mar
04
9:00am - 10:00am
TEENS GRADES 6-12 ONLY Think you can name that flavor? Grab our super secret goodie bags and see if you can name that flavor of Oreo*! A google form found...
Mar
04
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Now is your chance to improve your skill at cribbage!  Join experienced cribbage players Carol and Jackie and play with others, newcomers and more experienced players alike...
Mar
04
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Library board meeting
Mar
05
10:45am - 12:00pm
Marie is back with more chair yoga exercises!  Chair yoga is a gentle approach to Yoga that is practiced sitting in a chair, and, often, standing using our chair. ...
Mar
04
Monday, March 04
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Now is your chance to improve your skill at cribbage!  Join experienced cribbage players Carol and Jackie and play with others, newcomers and more experienced players alike...
Mar
05
Tuesday, March 05
10:45am - 12:00pm
Marie is back with more chair yoga exercises!  Chair yoga is a gentle approach to Yoga that is practiced sitting in a chair, and, often, standing using our chair. ...
Mar
05
Tuesday, March 05
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Welcome to our new monthly book club, centered around mysteries! Join us each month on the first Tuesday at 6:30 to discuss that month's selection. We will read a variety of...
Mar
11
Monday, March 11
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Now is your chance to improve your skill at cribbage!  Join experienced cribbage players Carol and Jackie and play with others, newcomers and more experienced players alike...
Mar
05
Tuesday, March 05
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for babies aged 0-18 months! This storytime is a drop event; no registration is required.
Mar
06
Wednesday, March 06
10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime for toddlers aged 18 months to 3 years!  This storytime is a drop event; no registration is required.
Mar
07
Thursday, March 07
10:30am - 11:30am
Storytime for children age 3 and up!  This storytime is a drop event; no registration is required. Join...
Mar
08
Friday, March 08
10:00am - 4:00pm
  Come on, Barbie, let's go party!  In honor of National Barbie Day and International Women's Day, crafts will be on the tables in the Children’s Library for ages birth to...
Mar
04
Monday, March 04
9:00am - 10:00am
TEENS GRADES 6-12 ONLY Think you can name that flavor? Grab our super secret goodie bags and see if you can name that flavor of Oreo*! A google form found...
Mar
05
Tuesday, March 05
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Welcome to our new monthly book club, centered around mysteries! Join us each month on the first Tuesday at 6:30 to discuss that month's selection. We will read a variety of...
Mar
18
Monday, March 18
9:00am - 10:00am
Teens! Tis' the season for PEEPS! Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to come grab a kit to make your own peeps nest at home. (You will need to supply some common ingredients...
Mar
30
Saturday, March 30
10:00am - 12:00pm
Join Dungeon Master Naiara for a one-shot adventure!  Become a hero on a dangerous quest to search for treasure, battle deadly foes, or even carry out daring rescues.   Haven...

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