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

What's Happening

John C. Farley's photography exhibit will be on display Jan. 3 to 31
We now have Federal 1040 and 1040-SR forms, as well as instructions. We also have RI resident and non-resident forms.
Tuesdays from 2:00 - 3:15. Registration required.
Join us for an introduction to Crochet. Melissa Steadman of Steady Hands Crochet is here to get you hooked! Registration is required. Click "Read More" for full details.

Book Clubs

The 3rd Tuesday Book Club will be meeting in person on Tuesday, February 21 at 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM!  We will be discussing The Doctors Blackwell by Janice P. Minura.  If you would like to attend the 4:30  discussion via Zoom, please click here to register.

Our Teen Fiction Book Club is now in collaboration with the Tiverton Public Library. The January meeting will be held in Tiverton on Monday January 30th. We will discuss A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin. Books are available to borrow at both libraries. All ages welcomed for this book discussion. For more information, please see our calendar. Every other month will be in Tiverton on the last MONDAY, and the opposing months here in Portsmouth on the last TUESDAY.

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
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

Jan
27
10:30am - 11:00am
New to your Apple iPhone?  Come in for a brief introduction to your smartphone, followed by a personalized Q&A session.    **Registration is required.  There is a 3...
Jan
27
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Canine Companions for Independence will be presenting a story time for Grades 3-5! The trainers will teach the kids about service dogs and the ways they assist their owners....
Jan
30
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...
Jan
30
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Craft Hour for Grades K-2! Age appropriate crafts, NO registration required!
Jan
27
Friday, January 27
10:30am - 11:00am
New to your Apple iPhone?  Come in for a brief introduction to your smartphone, followed by a personalized Q&A session.    **Registration is required.  There is a 3...
Jan
30
Monday, January 30
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...
Jan
30
Monday, January 30
6:00pm - 7:00pm
*JANUARY TEEN FICTION BOOK CLUB WILL BE AT TIVERTON PUBLIC LIBRARY** We have decided to join forces, and all odd months will be in Tiverton on the last MONDAY of the month,...
Jan
31
Tuesday, January 31
2:00pm - 3:15pm
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, we also stand utilizing our chair. ...
Jan
27
Friday, January 27
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Canine Companions for Independence will be presenting a story time for Grades 3-5! The trainers will teach the kids about service dogs and the ways they assist their owners....
Jan
30
Monday, January 30
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Craft Hour for Grades K-2! Age appropriate crafts, NO registration required!
Jan
31
Tuesday, January 31
10:00am - 12:00pm
Craft Hour for kids age 0-4! Age appropriate crafts, NO registration required!
Feb
02
Thursday, February 02
10:30am - 11:00am
Thursday, February 2nd at 10:30am! For ages 2 and up with a parent/guardian! Feel free to baby-wear any younger siblings!
Jan
30
Monday, January 30
6:00pm - 7:00pm
*JANUARY TEEN FICTION BOOK CLUB WILL BE AT TIVERTON PUBLIC LIBRARY** We have decided to join forces, and all odd months will be in Tiverton on the last MONDAY of the month,...
Feb
11
Saturday, February 11
10:00am - 12:00pm
CALLING ALL ADVENTURERS! Join us for a Dungeons & Dragons (5e) one-shot adventure and become a hero on dangerous quests to search for treasure, battle deadly...
Feb
28
Tuesday, February 28
6:30pm - 7:30pm
We have decided to join forces, and all odd months will be in Tiverton on the last MONDAY of the month, while all even months will be here, in Portsmouth, on the last TUESDAY...
Mar
11
Saturday, March 11
10:00am - 12:00pm
CALLING ALL ADVENTURERS! Join us for a Dungeons & Dragons (5e) one-shot adventure and become a hero on dangerous quests to search for treasure, battle deadly...

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