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

The Library will be closed on Wednesday, June 19th, in observance of Juneteenth.  Our summer hours resume on Thursday, June 20th. 

What's Happening

The library will be closed Wednesday, June 19.
Register now for our summer reading programs (including our program just for Adults!)
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Join us by the Blue Star Memorial for our annual reading of the Declaration of Independence
Summer Hours have begun

Book Clubs

The 3rd Tuesday Book Club will be meeting on Tuesday, June 18 at 4:30 and 6:30 PM!  In June, we will be reading The Air Raid Book Club by Annie Lyons.  Copies are available to borrow at the Circulation Desk.

Our Mystery Meetup Book Club is going to Spain!  For July, we'll be reading a book with some magic and mystery: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón on Tuesday, July 2 at 6:30 PM.  Copies are available to borrow at the Circulation Desk.

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 celebrated its 125th anniversary and continues to provide 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 - Tues 9-8
Wed - Fri 9-5
Sat 9-1
Sun Closed

Website funded by The Book Nook

Address
2658 E Main Rd
Portsmouth, RI
02871

Phone

(401) 683-9457

Fax

(401) 683-5013

Upcoming Events

Jun
18
10:45am - 12:00pm
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, standing using our chair. ...
Jun
18
12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Library is so excited to be offering a second session of Chair Yoga with Marie!  This session immediately follows the first class except there will be no class on the...
Jun
18
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Join us for a discussion of The Air Raid Book Club by Annie Lyons.  London, 1938: The bookstore just doesn’t feel the same to Gertie Bingham ever since the...
Jun
18
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of The Air Raid Book Club by Annie Lyons.  London, 1938: The bookstore just doesn’t feel the same to Gertie Bingham ever since the...
Jun
18
Tuesday, June 18
10:45am - 12:00pm
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, standing using our chair. ...
Jun
18
Tuesday, June 18
12:30pm - 1:45pm
The Library is so excited to be offering a second session of Chair Yoga with Marie!  This session immediately follows the first class except there will be no class on the...
Jun
18
Tuesday, June 18
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Join us for a discussion of The Air Raid Book Club by Annie Lyons.  London, 1938: The bookstore just doesn’t feel the same to Gertie Bingham ever since the...
Jun
18
Tuesday, June 18
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for a discussion of The Air Raid Book Club by Annie Lyons.  London, 1938: The bookstore just doesn’t feel the same to Gertie Bingham ever since the...
Jun
20
Thursday, June 20
10:30am - 11:30am
Pokemon Club at the Portsmouth Library! Have cards at home but not sure how to play? Love playing and want to do it more? Head to library to learn and play with friends!...
Jun
25
Tuesday, June 25
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for babies aged 0-18 months! This storytime is a drop-in event; no registration is required.
Jun
27
Thursday, June 27
10:30am - 11:30am
Join Us for Puppet Storytime with Leigh Baltzer! Through Me To You Puppetry invites you to join Newton and the gang for...
Jul
03
Wednesday, July 03
10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime for toddlers aged 18 months to 4 years!  This storytime is a drop event; no registration is required.
Jun
22
Saturday, June 22
10:00am - 12:00pm
Join Dungeon Master Naiara for a one-shot adventure!  Become a hero on a dangerous quest to search for treasure, battle deadly foes, or even carry out daring rescues.   Haven...
Jun
24
Monday, June 24
9:00am - 8:00pm
For the first week of our Summer Reading Make and Take kits, Candy Sushi is BACK! Pick up one of the kits and make your own creative candy sushi at home, with all ingredients...
Jun
25
Tuesday, June 25
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Come to the library and have your own henna design applied! Registration is limited to 20 participants.. There will be some table top games and a craft set up to keep teens...
Jul
01
Monday, July 01
9:00am - 8:00pm
Teens are welcome to pick up a photo block art kit in the Teen Area starting Monday morning. Decorate and paint your own block with photo holder, all materials and glow in...

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