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

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.
We are happy to have you visit the library. Please click "Read More" for our hours and guidelines.
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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, December 21 at 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM!  We will be discussing Silent Voices by Ann Cleeves.

Our Teen Fiction Book Club is back in person on the last Tuesday of every month going forward. Our next meeting is Tuesday, December 28th at 6:30. We will discuss This Light Between Us by Andrew Fukuda.  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

Dec
02
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.
Dec
03
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.
Dec
06
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Library board meeting
Dec
07
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.
Dec
15
Wednesday, December 15
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...
Dec
15
Wednesday, December 15
5:30pm - 7:30pm
This program is full. Are you brave enough to answer the call?  Join us for a Dungeons & Dragons one-shot event.  We will be playing D&D, 5th...
Dec
21
Tuesday, December 21
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Join us for a discussion of ...
Dec
21
Tuesday, December 21
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of ...
Dec
02
Thursday, December 02
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.
Dec
03
Friday, December 03
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.
Dec
07
Tuesday, December 07
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.
Dec
08
Wednesday, December 08
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.
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
27
Monday, December 27
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...
Dec
28
Tuesday, December 28
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us as we discuss This Light Between Us by Andrew Fukuda.  Join us as we discuss this story of pen pals, one in France and the other in Washington state, during...
Jan
25
Tuesday, January 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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