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

What's Happening

Visit the library and talk with US Census Recruiting Assistant Edith Kloss to find out more about jobs during Census 2020.
The Library will be closed on Sunday, February 16, & Monday, February 17 for Presidents Day.
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Learn what you need to pass your driver's test on the first try!
Search historical New England newspapers in the library or at home.

Book Clubs

Our Third Tuesday Book Club will meet Tuesday, February 18 at 4:30 and 6:30 to discuss Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.  Refreshments will be served.

Our Teen Fiction Book Club will meet Tuesday, February 25th at 6:30 to discuss The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey.   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

Feb
24
10:00am - 10:30am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Beth welcome you to a short program for babies and yearlings, up to 24 months.  There will be lots of play time and socialization for the children and...
Feb
24
4:00pm - 4:30pm
This month we're discussing an illustrated chapter book!  Join us for a discussion of "Pie in the Sky" by Remy Lai.  
Feb
24
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Board Meeting for PHS
Feb
25
10:00am - 10:45am
Ms. Johnna and Ms. Ashley will present stories, songs, and a small craft.  Perfect for preschoolers ready to fall in love with learning!  For children 3 through 5 years of...
Feb
24
Monday, February 24
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Board Meeting for PHS
Feb
25
Tuesday, February 25
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.
Feb
25
Tuesday, February 25
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Teen Fiction Book Club is back for 2020! Held the last Tuesday of every month from 6:30-7:30, we always have refreshments and treats. Books are available at the Circulation...
Feb
27
Thursday, February 27
6:30pm - 7:45pm
There are two other sessions - March 5th at 6:30 and March 7th at 2 pm.   Interested in ditching cable and catering your TV/Movie/Streaming needs to fit your...
Feb
24
Monday, February 24
10:00am - 10:30am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Beth welcome you to a short program for babies and yearlings, up to 24 months.  There will be lots of play time and socialization for the children and...
Feb
24
Monday, February 24
4:00pm - 4:30pm
This month we're discussing an illustrated chapter book!  Join us for a discussion of "Pie in the Sky" by Remy Lai.  
Feb
25
Tuesday, February 25
10:00am - 10:45am
Ms. Johnna and Ms. Ashley will present stories, songs, and a small craft.  Perfect for preschoolers ready to fall in love with learning!  For children 3 through 5 years of...
Feb
26
Wednesday, February 26
10:00am - 10:45am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Kathy will present stories, songs, and a small craft.  Perfect for preschoolers ready to fall in love with learning!  For children 3 through 5 years of age...
Feb
25
Tuesday, February 25
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Teen Fiction Book Club is back for 2020! Held the last Tuesday of every month from 6:30-7:30, we always have refreshments and treats. Books are available at the Circulation...
Feb
29
Saturday, February 29
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...
Mar
14
Saturday, March 14
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...
Mar
14
Saturday, March 14
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Teens in grades 6-12 are welcome to join us to design and create your own candle art. All supplies will be provided. Registration required. These are completely customizable...

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