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


We have many resources for genealogists.

Ancestry.com - until Sept. 30th use this at home.  Log in with your library card and PIN.

AmericanAncestors.orgfor use within our building on our computers or on yours

Portsmouth History Center Computer has:

    • Portsmouth High School Yearbooks (1967 - 2018)
    • The Sakonnet Times (1967 - present) 
    • The Portsmouth Times (2013 - present)
    • Various military, church, town and state histories
    • RI Vital Records
    • Local newspaper clippings about the Hurricane of 1938, 375th Anniversary of the town, Boyd's Windmill, and other topics.
    • Digitized volumes of the Genealogies of the Clarke, Hutchinson, Marbury, Porter and Wildbore families.

Books in the library can be found in the library catalog.  Our collections include more than 600 volumes on loan from the RI Genealogical Society and our local history collection.

The library has the Land Grants of Portsmouth and other local maps.  We also have the items from the Pierce Collection.