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

What's Happening

The Library will be closed on Sunday and Monday for the Columbus Day weekend.
Story Times start up the week of Sept. 23. Visit the Kid's page to learn which day is right for you!
Join family & friends for fun and food on Friday, October 18 from 7 PM to 9 PM.
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Book Clubs

Our Third Tuesday Book Club will meet Tuesday, October 15 at 4:30 and 6:30 to discuss A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierly.  Refreshments will be served.

Our Teen Fiction Book Club will meet September 24th at 6:30 to discuss Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham.   All ages are welcomed.

About Us

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

Fall/Winter Hours (Labor Day - Memorial Day)  
M-Thu   9am-8pm
Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 9am-5pm
Sun 1pm-5pm

Website funded by The Book Nook

Address
2658 E Main Rd
Portsmouth, RI
02871

Phone: (401) 683-9457

Fax:  (401) 683-5013

Upcoming Events

Oct
16
9:30am - 12:00pm
Staff training.  Please sign up at OSL Connects.
Oct
16
10:00am - 10:45am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Kathy will present stories, songs, and a small craft.  Perfect for preschoolers ready to fall in love with learning!  For children 3 through 5 years of age...
Oct
16
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Drop In Halloween crafts.  No registration required.  Free.
Oct
17
10:00am - 10:45am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Kathy will present songs, fingerplays, a story, and a small craft just right for little hands.  Perfect for toddlers who are ready to focus (briefly!) and...
Oct
16
Wednesday, October 16
9:30am - 12:00pm
Staff training.  Please sign up at OSL Connects.
Oct
17
Thursday, October 17
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Visit the library and talk with US Census Recruiting Assistant Edith Kloss to find out more about jobs during Census 2020.
Oct
18
Friday, October 18
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Join us for our 20th annual Taste of Portsmouth fundraiser! This event is 21+, with local breweries, wineries, and restaurants spread throughout the library for you to try!...
Oct
20
Sunday, October 20
2:00pm - 4:00pm
This will be an introduction to two of our brand new databases! We now have American Ancestors available for in-Library use. Located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, New...
Oct
16
Wednesday, October 16
10:00am - 10:45am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Kathy will present stories, songs, and a small craft.  Perfect for preschoolers ready to fall in love with learning!  For children 3 through 5 years of age...
Oct
16
Wednesday, October 16
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Drop In Halloween crafts.  No registration required.  Free.
Oct
17
Thursday, October 17
10:00am - 10:45am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Kathy will present songs, fingerplays, a story, and a small craft just right for little hands.  Perfect for toddlers who are ready to focus (briefly!) and...
Oct
21
Monday, October 21
10:00am - 10:30am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Beth welcome you to a short program for babies and yearlings, up to 24 months.  There will be lots of play time and socialization for the children and...
Oct
26
Saturday, October 26
10:00am - 11:00am
If you have a basic level of Spanish and wish to practice speaking, comprehension, and reading, join Cynthia for a relaxed hour of Spanish conversation.  This session will...
Oct
28
Monday, October 28
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Did you join us for cooking up some pizza skulls last year? They are back! Teens will create their own pizza skulls and cook them to perfection, then enjoy melting cheese and...
Oct
29
Tuesday, October 29
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Love Young Adult fiction? This is the place for you! All ages are welcome to discuss a YA title each month. Refreshments (usually all homemade by Sue!) are served, and no...
Nov
09
Saturday, November 09
10:00am - 11:00am
If you have a basic level of Spanish and wish to practice speaking, comprehension, and reading, join Cynthia for a relaxed hour of Spanish conversation.  This session will...

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