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

The Children's Room is closed until further notice due to construction. Story times will be held upstairs in the Mello Program Room.

What's Happening

We are happy to have you visit the library. Please click "Read More" for our hours and guidelines.
Please remember that if you are not fully vaccinated, or between the ages of 3 and 11 years old, a mask is required when you visit the library.
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Tech Help is back! Fridays from 2:30-3:30 at the Reference Desk

Book Clubs

The Third Tuesday Book Club will be meeting in person on Tuesday, October 19 at 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM!  We will be discussing In the Bleak Midwinter by Julie Spencer-Fleming.

Our Teen Fiction Book Club is back in person on the last Tuesday of every month going forward. Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 26th at 6:30. We will discuss Rebel Spy by Veronica Rossi.  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 - Wed 9-8
Thurs & 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

Oct
15
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for children age 3-5 years! Younger children are always welcome. Unvaccinated children and adults over the age of 2 MUST wear a mask.
Oct
15
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Drop by the reference desk with your technology questions, passwords, and devices.  We'll try to make your tech life easier.
Oct
19
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for babies age 0-18 months! Older children are always welcome. Unvaccinated children and adults over the age of 2 MUST wear a mask.
Oct
19
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Join us for a discussion of ...
Oct
15
Friday, October 15
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Drop by the reference desk with your technology questions, passwords, and devices.  We'll try to make your tech life easier.
Oct
19
Tuesday, October 19
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Join us for a discussion of ...
Oct
19
Tuesday, October 19
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of ...
Oct
20
Wednesday, October 20
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Expert rug hooker Roberta Conti will provide advice and enthusiasm for all rug-hookers, new and experienced alike.  Bring your projects and enjoy the company of others as you...
Oct
15
Friday, October 15
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for children age 3-5 years! Younger children are always welcome. Unvaccinated children and adults over the age of 2 MUST wear a mask.
Oct
19
Tuesday, October 19
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for babies age 0-18 months! Older children are always welcome. Unvaccinated children and adults over the age of 2 MUST wear a mask.
Oct
20
Wednesday, October 20
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for toddlers age 18 months- 2 years! Older children are always welcome. Unvaccinated children and adults over the age of 2 MUST wear a mask.
Oct
21
Thursday, October 21
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for children age 3-5 years! Younger children are always welcome. Unvaccinated children and adults over the age of 2 MUST wear a mask.
Oct
26
Tuesday, October 26
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us as we discuss ...
Nov
30
Tuesday, November 30
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us as we discuss ...
Dec
07
Tuesday, December 07
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Teens are welcome to our IN-PERSON YouTube Paint Night! It has been a while since we have been able to hold one of these, so join us for the fun! Great for room decoration or...
Dec
28
Tuesday, December 28
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us as we discuss This Light Between Us by Andrew Fukuda via Zoom.  Join us as we discuss this story of pen pals, one in France and the other in Washington state...

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