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

What's Happening

We have a part time opening in our Reference department. Click "Read More" for full details.
Stop in and participate in our Reading Raffle for Adults
Our new Mystery Book Club begins January 2!
Submissions are welcome January 2 through January 26

Book Clubs

The 3rd Tuesday Book Club will be meeting in person on Tuesday, December 12 (the 2nd Tuesday this month) at 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM!  The December book is Home Waters by Elizabeth Devlin.  Refreshments will be served.

Our Mystery Meetup Book Club has its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, Jan 2 at 6:30 PM.  Our first selection is Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane.  Can't wait to see you there!

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

Dec
11
9:30am - 8:00pm
Welcome to week 2 of our holiday ornament edition of our Teen Take and Makes! This week's ornament will be a grinch heart ornament - show your spirit and...
Dec
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...
Dec
12
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. ...
Dec
12
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for babies and toddler age 0-3 years!
Dec
11
Monday, December 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...
Dec
12
Tuesday, December 12
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. ...
Dec
12
Tuesday, December 12
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Join us for a discussion of Home Waters by Elizabeth Devlin.  FINALIST for two National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards (Best Mainstream and Best First Book)!  In a...
Dec
12
Tuesday, December 12
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of Home Waters by Elizabeth Devlin.  FINALIST for two National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards (Best Mainstream and Best First Book)!  In a...
Dec
12
Tuesday, December 12
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for babies and toddler age 0-3 years!
Dec
12
Tuesday, December 12
3:30pm - 4:00pm
Story Time for children age 3 and up! Younger children are always welcome! This is an afternoon story time is led by a PHS senior as part of her senior project....
Dec
13
Wednesday, December 13
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for children age 3 and up! Younger children are always welcome!
Dec
14
Thursday, December 14
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Introducing Pokemon Club at the Portsmouth Library! Have cards at home but not sure how to play? Love playing and want to do it more? Head to library from 4-5pm on...
Dec
11
Monday, December 11
9:30am - 8:00pm
Welcome to week 2 of our holiday ornament edition of our Teen Take and Makes! This week's ornament will be a grinch heart ornament - show your spirit and...
Dec
18
Monday, December 18
9:30am - 8:00pm
Welcome to week 3 of our holiday ornament edition of our Teen Take and Makes! This week's ornament will be real peppermint ornaments - perfect as a treat or...
Dec
26
Tuesday, December 26
9:30am - 8:00pm
Get into the spirit of Winter with Ice Lanterns! This lantern is sure to add a festive air to the incoming New Year. Kits will be in the Teen Area on a first-come, first-...
Jan
02
Tuesday, January 02
9:00am - 8:00pm
Today is the opening day for submissions for our Community Fiber Arts Show coming up in February! Registration forms are available at the library (they cannot be submitted...

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