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

What's Happening

Save the Date! Saturday June 1st from 9 am to 1 pm
Monday June 10 at 6:30 pm
Registration for our summer reading programs (including our program just for Adults!) begins Monday June 10
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 down under!  For June, we'll be reading a book set in Australia's Outback.  Get ready to speak your mind in your best Aussie accent while we gallop through our discussion of The Lost Man by Jane Harper on Tuesday, June 4 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

May
30
10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime for children age 3 and up!  This storytime is a drop event; no registration is required.
Jun
03
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...
Jun
03
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Library board meeting
Jun
04
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
03
Monday, June 03
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...
Jun
04
Tuesday, June 04
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
04
Tuesday, June 04
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
04
Tuesday, June 04
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Welcome to our new monthly book club, centered around mysteries! Join us each month on the first Tuesday at 6:30 to discuss that month's selection. We will read a variety of...
May
30
Thursday, May 30
10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime for children age 3 and up!  This storytime is a drop event; no registration is required.
Jun
04
Tuesday, June 04
10:30am - 11:00am
Story Time for babies aged 0-18 months! This storytime is a drop event; no registration is required.
Jun
05
Wednesday, June 05
10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime for toddlers aged 18 months to 3 years!  This storytime is a drop event; no registration is required.
Jun
06
Thursday, June 06
10:30am - 11:00am
Storytime for children age 3 and up!  This storytime is a drop event; no registration is required.
Jun
04
Tuesday, June 04
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Welcome to our new monthly book club, centered around mysteries! Join us each month on the first Tuesday at 6:30 to discuss that month's selection. We will read a variety of...
Jun
10
Monday, June 10
9:00am - 8:00pm
Today is the day! Registration opens for all ages for our Summer Reading program. Adults and teens in rising grades 6-12 should go to the Reference Desk to sign up in person...
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...

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