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

The Library will be closed on Monday, August 8.  

What's Happening

Our Adult program begins June 20 and runs through August 31
Local artist John Irwin is back for another fun and informative acrylic painting lesson on Monday, August 15 at 4 PM.
Try something new! Monday August 22 at 5:30 pm
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, August 16 at 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM!  We will be discussing This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger.

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

Aug
09
10:30am - 11:00am
Story time for ages 0-4 years, no registration required, craft and play time to follow!
Aug
10
10:00am - 11:00am
Craft Hour for 3rd Graders! Join us for a fun summer camp craft with music and games, registration required!
Aug
11
9:30am - 11:30am
Flower arranging
Aug
11
10:30am - 11:00am
Story time for ages 4-6 years, no registration required, craft and play time to follow!
Aug
11
Thursday, August 11
9:30am - 11:30am
Flower arranging
Aug
15
Monday, August 15
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...
Aug
15
Monday, August 15
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 painting and...
Aug
16
Tuesday, August 16
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Join us for a discussion of This Tender Land by William Kent Kruger.  The acclaimed author of Ordinary Grace crafts a powerful novel about an orphan's life-changing adventure...
Aug
09
Tuesday, August 09
10:30am - 11:00am
Story time for ages 0-4 years, no registration required, craft and play time to follow!
Aug
10
Wednesday, August 10
10:00am - 11:00am
Craft Hour for 3rd Graders! Join us for a fun summer camp craft with music and games, registration required!
Aug
11
Thursday, August 11
10:30am - 11:00am
Story time for ages 4-6 years, no registration required, craft and play time to follow!
Aug
12
Friday, August 12
9:00am - 5:00pm
Summer Reading Program ends today! Turn in your reading logs and submit all of your raffle tickets by 5PM!
Aug
24
Wednesday, August 24
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.   ...
Aug
30
Tuesday, August 30
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...
Sep
27
Tuesday, September 27
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...
Oct
25
Tuesday, October 25
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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