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

What's Happening

Tuesday July 23rd at 6:30PM: Local History Talk with Gloria Schmidt
July 22 at 5:30: Acrylics with John Irwin
Karen Katin from Stitchery is here to lead us through Felting! Monday August 5 at 6 pm
Register now for our summer reading programs (including our program just for Adults!)

Book Clubs

The 3rd Tuesday Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, July 16 at 4:30 and 6:30 PM!  In July, we will be reading Happiness Falls by Angie Kim.  Copies are available to borrow at the Circulation Desk.

Our Mystery Meetup Book Club is going old school.  For August, we'll be spending time with Hercule Poirot as we discuss: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie on Tuesday, August 6 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 - Tues 9-8
Wed - Fri 9-5
Sat 9-1
Sun Closed

Website funded by The Book Nook

Address
2658 E Main Rd
Portsmouth, RI  02871
 
Email

Phone

(401) 683-9457

Fax

(401) 683-5013

Upcoming Events

Jul
15
9:00am - 8:00pm
This week teens get to relax and create a stained glass-inspired suncatcher.   The perfect activity for a quiet afternoon!  All materials and instructions are provided. Kits...
Jul
15
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...
Jul
15
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Sorry! This event is now full. Join us for an unforgettable evening of excitement, camaraderie, and the thrill of the win at Bingo Games! Make sure you register so we can...
Jul
16
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. ...
Jul
15
Monday, July 15
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...
Jul
15
Monday, July 15
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Sorry! This event is now full. Join us for an unforgettable evening of excitement, camaraderie, and the thrill of the win at Bingo Games! Make sure you register so we can...
Jul
16
Tuesday, July 16
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. ...
Jul
16
Tuesday, July 16
12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Library is so excited to be offering a second session of Chair Yoga with Marie!  This session immediately follows the first class except there will be no class on the...
Jul
17
Wednesday, July 17
10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime for toddlers aged 18 months to 4 years!  This storytime is a drop event; no registration is required.
Jul
18
Thursday, July 18
10:30am - 11:30am
This Program is FULL Rhode Island is home to nearly 40 species of reptiles and amphibians, also known as herps! You will be introduced to these scaly, slimy...
Jul
18
Thursday, July 18
4:00pm - 5:00pm
This Program is FULL Calling all young crafters in grades 2 to 5! We're excited to host a special Needle Art event with...
Jul
23
Tuesday, July 23
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for babies aged 0-18 months! This storytime is a drop-in event; no registration is required.
Jul
15
Monday, July 15
9:00am - 8:00pm
This week teens get to relax and create a stained glass-inspired suncatcher.   The perfect activity for a quiet afternoon!  All materials and instructions are provided. Kits...
Jul
17
Wednesday, July 17
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Watercolor instruction for students entering Grades 6-12 in the fall.   Whether you’re trying watercolors for the first time or refreshing your painting skills over the...
Jul
20
Saturday, July 20
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...
Jul
22
Monday, July 22
9:00am - 8:00pm
This week teens get back into the kitchen to make color-changing Galaxy Lemonade.  Delicious and Fun!  All materials and instructions are provided. Kits are for rising 6th-...

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