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

The Library will be Closed beginning Monday 3/16 until further notice. 

What's Happening

Effective Monday, March 16, the Library will be closed due to the Coronavirus.
All fines have been suspended until May 1st. Don't worry about returning your materials!
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Book Clubs

Our Third Tuesday Book Club (4:30 and 6:30 groups) will meet Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30 for our annual planning session.  Refreshments will be served.

Our Teen Fiction Book Club will meet Tuesday, March 31st at 6:30 to discuss The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas.   All ages are welcomed.

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

Fall/Winter Hours (Labor Day - Memorial Day)  
M-Thu 9am-8pm
Fri 9am-5pm
Sat 9am-5pm
Sun 1pm-5pm

Website funded by The Book Nook

Address
2658 E Main Rd
Portsmouth, RI
02871

Phone: (401) 683-9457

Fax:  (401) 683-5013

Upcoming Events

Apr
13
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Our Spring YouTube Paint Party for patrons 21+! Registration opens one month before the program. Limited to 14 participants - one name per registration.  Our spring edition...
Apr
14
10:00am - 11:00am
Casey Farm is coming with their hen and chicks!  Registration opens April 1.
Apr
15
10:00am - 2:00pm
Drop in to the Children's Room and create a Kite (ages 3-6) or a Kaleidoscope (ages 7-11).  We'll have all the supplies, you bring your creativity!  
Apr
16
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Fred Zilian, Ph.D., became interested in Rhode Island Slave History in 2017 upon reading the book, ...
Apr
13
Monday, April 13
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Our Spring YouTube Paint Party for patrons 21+! Registration opens one month before the program. Limited to 14 participants - one name per registration.  Our spring edition...
Apr
16
Thursday, April 16
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Fred Zilian, Ph.D., became interested in Rhode Island Slave History in 2017 upon reading the book, ...
Apr
21
Tuesday, April 21
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Book is TBD.
Apr
21
Tuesday, April 21
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Book is TBD.
Apr
14
Tuesday, April 14
10:00am - 11:00am
Casey Farm is coming with their hen and chicks!  Registration opens April 1.
Apr
15
Wednesday, April 15
10:00am - 2:00pm
Drop in to the Children's Room and create a Kite (ages 3-6) or a Kaleidoscope (ages 7-11).  We'll have all the supplies, you bring your creativity!  
Jul
02
Thursday, July 02
10:00am - 11:00am
Come sew with us!  More details to follow
Jul
09
Thursday, July 09
10:00am - 11:00am
Slime workshop
May
02
Saturday, May 02
10:00am - 11:00am
If you have a basic level of Spanish and wish to practice speaking, comprehension, and reading, join Cynthia for a relaxed hour of Spanish conversation.  This session will...
May
02
Saturday, May 02
10:00am - 11:00am
If you have a basic level of Spanish and wish to practice speaking, comprehension, and reading, join Cynthia for a relaxed hour of Spanish conversation.  This session will...
May
16
Saturday, May 16
10:00am - 11:00am
If you have a basic level of Spanish and wish to practice speaking, comprehension, and reading, join Cynthia for a relaxed hour of Spanish conversation.  This session will...
Jun
30
Tuesday, June 30
4:30pm - 7:30pm
TEENS Grades 6-12 only! Kick off our Teen Summer Reading Program in style with One Games, a local company coming to run a Mario Kart tournament here at the library....

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