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

The Library will be closed Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. 

Our annual reading of the Declaration of Independence will be on the grounds of the Portsmouth Free Public Library at 9:00 a.m.
In case of rain, we will meet inside the library in the Mello Program Room, but all other library services will be unavailable.

What's Happening

Our Summer Hours have begun!
Our Adult program begins June 20 and runs through August 31
This view of Portsmouth is a presentation by James Garman as glimpsed through the diaries of Abby A. Sherman.
Our Cribbage get-togethers have taken off! Mondays at 1 pm. Beginners welcome.

Book Clubs

The 3rd Tuesday Book Club will be meeting in person on Tuesday, July 19 at 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM!  We will be discussing The Woman in the Water by Charles Finch.

Our Teen Fiction Book Club is on the last Tuesday of each month. Our next meeting is Tuesday, July 26th at 6:30. We will discuss You'll Be the Death of Me by Karen McManus. 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 - 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

Jul
01
11:00am - 12:00pm
Join us for a STEM presentation for all ages! Registration required, no wait list; registration opens June 20th! "Ahoy there, matey! Set sail with us on a...
Jul
05
10:30am - 11:00am
Story time for ages 0-4 years, no registration required, craft and play time to follow!
Jul
06
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Make Your Own Ice Cream Day for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Graders! Join us for a fun STEM experiment, registration required!
Jul
07
10:30am - 11:00am
Story time for ages 4-6 years, no registration required, craft and play time to follow!
Jul
01
Friday, July 01
3:30pm - 4:30pm
Are you a knitter? Crocheter? Someone who enjoys embroidery, needlepoint, or spinning? Join us on the first Friday of every month for a makers social. Bring your WIP and a...
Jul
11
Monday, July 11
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Now is your chance to improve your skill at cribbage!  Join experienced cribbage player Carol at Portsmouth Free Public Library and play with others, newcomers and more...
Jul
11
Monday, July 11
4:00pm - 6:00pm
Local artist John Irwin will guide the class in this fun and informative 2-hour session.  Taking you step by step, John will go through the process of starting a landscape...
Jul
14
Thursday, July 14
9:30am - 11:30am
Flower arranging
Jul
01
Friday, July 01
11:00am - 12:00pm
Join us for a STEM presentation for all ages! Registration required, no wait list; registration opens June 20th! "Ahoy there, matey! Set sail with us on a...
Jul
05
Tuesday, July 05
10:30am - 11:00am
Story time for ages 0-4 years, no registration required, craft and play time to follow!
Jul
06
Wednesday, July 06
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Make Your Own Ice Cream Day for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Graders! Join us for a fun STEM experiment, registration required!
Jul
07
Thursday, July 07
10:30am - 11:00am
Story time for ages 4-6 years, no registration required, craft and play time to follow!
Jul
09
Saturday, July 09
4:00pm - 6:00pm
After a looong hiatus ... NERF WARS IS BACK!!  Teens will have the opportunity to take over the library AFTER HOURS to battle it out with their friends. Yes, waivers will be...
Jul
12
Tuesday, July 12
5:30pm - 7:30pm
We are so excited to offer our first ever TEEN WATERCOLOR PAINTING class! This class is strictly for those in rising grades 6-12, and limited to 10 participants. Registration...
Jul
20
Wednesday, July 20
10:00am - 12:00pm
Are you brave enough to answer the call? Join us for a Dungeons & Dragons one-shot event.  We will be playing D&D, 5th edition IN-PERSON.   ...
Jul
26
Tuesday, July 26
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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