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

Beginning Monday Dec. 20 masks will be required regardless of vaccination status.

The Children's Room is closed until further notice due to construction. Story times cancelled until further notice!

What's Happening

We are happy to have you visit the library. Please click "Read More" for our hours and guidelines.
An artist’s reception will be held on Monday, January 24 from 5 PM to 7:30 PM. The exquisite works by Oscar Miller (1867-1921) was curated by his grandson August Miller of Portsmouth.
Sunday January 30th @ 2pm
Tech Help is back! Fridays from 2:30-3:30 at the Reference Desk

Book Clubs

The Third Tuesday Book Club will be meeting in person on Tuesday, January 18 at 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM!  We will be discussing Still Life by Louise Penny.

Our Teen Fiction Book Club is back in person on the last Tuesday of every month going forward. Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 25th at 6:30. We will discuss The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.  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

Jan
19
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...
Jan
21
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Drop by the reference desk with your technology questions, passwords, and devices.  We'll try to make your tech life easier.
Jan
24
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Have you ever wanted to learn Cribbage?  Now is your chance!  We'll provide the boards and cards.  Join us and learn this card game with roots dating back to the 1600's.  
Jan
24
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Oscar Miller was an artist with an international reputation who painted over 1500 works.  He had several studios including one in the Bristol Ferry area of Portsmouth.  A...
Jan
19
Wednesday, January 19
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...
Jan
21
Friday, January 21
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Drop by the reference desk with your technology questions, passwords, and devices.  We'll try to make your tech life easier.
Jan
24
Monday, January 24
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Have you ever wanted to learn Cribbage?  Now is your chance!  We'll provide the boards and cards.  Join us and learn this card game with roots dating back to the 1600's.  
Jan
24
Monday, January 24
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Oscar Miller was an artist with an international reputation who painted over 1500 works.  He had several studios including one in the Bristol Ferry area of Portsmouth.  A...
Feb
01
Tuesday, February 01
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for babies age 0-18 months! Older children are always welcome. ALL PATRONS OVER THE AGE OF 2 MUST WEAR A MASK!
Feb
03
Thursday, February 03
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for children age 3-5 years! Younger children are always welcome. ALL PATRONS OVER THE AGE OF 2 MUST WEAR A MASK!
Feb
04
Friday, February 04
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for children age 3-5 years! Younger children are always welcome. ALL PATRONS OVER THE AGE OF 2 MUST WEAR A MASK!
Feb
08
Tuesday, February 08
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for babies age 0-18 months! Older children are always welcome. ALL PATRONS OVER THE AGE OF 2 MUST WEAR A MASK!
Jan
25
Tuesday, January 25
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us the last Tuesday of each month to discuss a Young Adult book title. This book club is open to everyone that wants to read the book, regardless of age. Snacks provided...
Feb
22
Tuesday, February 22
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us the last Tuesday of each month to discuss a Young Adult book title. This book club is open to everyone that wants to read the book, regardless of age. Snacks provided...
Feb
23
Wednesday, February 23
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Are you brave enough to answer the call? You and your fellow adventurers have been hired by Ontharr Frume of the Order of the Gauntlet.  You have been...
Mar
29
Tuesday, March 29
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us the last Tuesday of each month to discuss a Young Adult book title. This book club is open to everyone that wants to read the book, regardless of age. Snacks provided...

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