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

What's Happening

Learn all about the American woodcock, a strange and amazing bird, and the unique young forests they inhabit in RI with the RIDEM Division of Fish and Wildlife! Join the Wildlife Outreach Team for a virtual visit to the Great Swamp Management Area to see a young forest in action.
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Returned items are quarantined prior to check in.

Book Clubs

After recommendations from the Office of Library & Information Services, the Third Tuesday Book Club will meet virtually on Tuesday, March 16 at 6:30 PM.  The book we will be discussing is The Overstory by Richard Powers.  Books are available at the library or you can use your own.  Sign up is needed to receive the link.

Our Teen Fiction Book Club will next meet on Thursday, February 25th at 6:30 over Zoom to discuss The Boy in the Red Dress by Kristin Lambert.  Books are available to borrow at the library.  The Zoom link will be emailed to participants the week of the discussion. Email porlibteen@gmail.com if you would like to join us and aren't aready on our mailing list for the book group. All ages welcomed for this book discussion.

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

   
Mon & Tues 9-8
Wed thru 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

Mar
16
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us virtually as we discuss The Overstory by Richard...
Mar
23
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a virtual presentation on seed starting with URI Master Gardener William Baddeley.   Though this talk is about starting seeds indoors, we’ll start with a view of...
Apr
20
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us virtually as we discuss The...
Mar
16
Tuesday, March 16
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us virtually as we discuss The Overstory by Richard...
Mar
23
Tuesday, March 23
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a virtual presentation on seed starting with URI Master Gardener William Baddeley.   Though this talk is about starting seeds indoors, we’ll start with a view of...
Mar
25
Thursday, March 25
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us as we discuss ...
Apr
19
Monday, April 19
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Crisp spring mornings teeming with the anticipation of sunrise contain a beautiful surprise to the observant eye. The sky dance of the American woodcock (photo by Gerry...
Apr
19
Monday, April 19
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Crisp spring mornings teeming with the anticipation of sunrise contain a beautiful surprise to the observant eye. The sky dance of the American woodcock (photo by Gerry...
May
31
Monday, May 31
9:00am - 8:00pm
The Library is Closed today.  We will reopen on Tuesday June 1 at 9 am.
Mar
25
Thursday, March 25
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us as we discuss ...
Apr
19
Monday, April 19
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Crisp spring mornings teeming with the anticipation of sunrise contain a beautiful surprise to the observant eye. The sky dance of the American woodcock (photo by Gerry...
Apr
29
Thursday, April 29
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us as we discuss ...
May
27
Thursday, May 27
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us as we discuss ...

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