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

What's Happening

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Learn what you need to pass your driver's test on the first try!
Visit the library and talk with US Census Recruiting Assistant Edith Kloss to find out more about jobs during Census 2020.
Search historical New England newspapers in the library or at home.
The Library will be closed on Sunday, 1/19 and Monday, 1/20 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Book Clubs

Our Third Tuesday Book Club will meet Tuesday, January 21 at 4:30 and 6:30 to discuss The Greater Journey : Americans in Paris  by David McCullough.  Refreshments will be served.

Our Teen Fiction Book Club will meet Tuesday, January 28 at 6:30 to discuss I Know You Remember by Jennifer Donaldson.   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

Jan
22
9:00am - 8:00pm
Drop in to the teen area and get ready for midterms.  Hot cocoa and snacks will be provided.
Jan
22
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...
Jan
23
9:00am - 8:00pm
Drop in to the teen area and get ready for midterms.  Hot cocoa and snacks will be provided.
Jan
23
10:00am - 10:30am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Kathy will present songs, fingerplays, a story, and a small craft just right for little hands.  Perfect for toddlers who are ready to focus (briefly!)...
Jan
23
Thursday, January 23
6:30pm - 7:30pm
During the cold winter months, award-winning Massachusetts wildlife photographer Peter Christoph spends his days along the Atlantic coast following the movements of a few...
Jan
28
Tuesday, January 28
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Love Young Adult fiction? This is the place for you! All ages are welcome to discuss a YA title each month. Refreshments (usually all homemade by Sue!) are served, and no...
Jan
30
Thursday, January 30
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Interested in ditching cable and catering your TV/Movie/Streaming needs to fit your life? Come to this informative program explaining the most popular options. Registration...
Feb
01
Saturday, February 01
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...
Jan
22
Wednesday, January 22
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...
Jan
23
Thursday, January 23
10:00am - 10:30am
Ms. Nicole and Ms. Kathy will present songs, fingerplays, a story, and a small craft just right for little hands.  Perfect for toddlers who are ready to focus (briefly!)...
Jan
27
Monday, January 27
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...
Jan
27
Monday, January 27
4:00pm - 4:30pm
This month we're discussing picture biographies!  Join us for a discussion of "No Small Potatoes" by Tanya Bolden and "Earmuffs for Everyone" by Meghan McCarthy.  You may...
Jan
22
Wednesday, January 22
9:00am - 8:00pm
Drop in to the teen area and get ready for midterms.  Hot cocoa and snacks will be provided.
Jan
23
Thursday, January 23
9:00am - 8:00pm
Drop in to the teen area and get ready for midterms.  Hot cocoa and snacks will be provided.
Jan
28
Tuesday, January 28
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Love Young Adult fiction? This is the place for you! All ages are welcome to discuss a YA title each month. Refreshments (usually all homemade by Sue!) are served, and no...
Feb
01
Saturday, February 01
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...

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