Ashaway Free Library


Welcome to

Ashaway Free Library

15 Knight Street, PO Box 70, Ashaway, RI 02804

(401) 377-2770


Regular Hours:

Monday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday: Closed



Any person may become a borrowing member of the library and be issued a library card in accordance with the rules of the Ocean State Libraries (OSL) consortium.

Persons are not required to be members of the library to use the library facilities and to use library materials on the premises.  Only valid members of the Ashaway Free Library or persons in possession of an OSL card from another library may borrow materials for use outside the library.

Services available include the following:
CIRCULATION:  Duty librarians will circulate all materials (excluding local history special collections) for the appropriate loan periods to cardholders in good standing.  Items other than video media and reference books may be renewed once, provided that another patron has not requested the item.  There is no charge for borrowing materials, but charges will be assessed for overdue, lost, or damaged items and for audiovisual items returned in the book drop. 

INTERLIBRARY LOAN: Requested materials that are not part of the library's holdings will be obtained, as available, through the appropriate interlibrary loan network.  Any fees assessed by owning libraries for sending materials physically or electronically will be paid by the patron.  No fees are charged for research or for returning ILL items.

REFERENCE: Staff members are available to assist in locating materials, subject matter, or specific items on the shelves or in the library's electronic holdings.  Reference requests are accepted in person, by phone, and by electronic mail.

PROGRAMS: The library provides educational, cultural, and entertainment programs for children, young adults, adults, and families.  These programs are free and open to the public.

The library adheres to the policies of the American Library Association, including the Library Bill of Rights and the Code of Ethics




A Fresh Coat of Paint
Beginning Tuesday, November 10 

Beginning on Tuesday, November 10, and continuing for 2 to 3 weeks, the Ashaway Free Library will be getting a new look!  The interior of the library is getting a fresh coat of paint.  We're very excited about this long-overdue update and hope you will be, too.  Even better news--we plan to remain open for the duration.  Painting will take place in stages, beginning with the entrance, restroom, and staff areas, progressing to the children's area, and finishing with the adult fiction and non-fiction areas.  The library is very grateful to the Champlin Foundations for making this project possible.  

During this process, things will certainly look different when you visit.  We've had to move furniture and some of the collections.  As always, we will be happy to help you find whatever you need.  There may be some other small changes, as well.  Right now, for example, our water cooler is not available.  Please bear with us as we work toward getting things back to normal as soon as possible.

Wednesdays at 10:15am
Story Hour

The Ashaway Free Library story hour group meets on Wednesdays at 10:15am. Each story hour session consists of one or more stories read aloud and a related craft activity. This program is best suited to kids ages 3 to 5. Story hour is free and open to the public but registration is required to join the group as space is limited. Please call the library at (401) 377-2770 for more information or to register your child.

Monday, November 16, 6:45pm
Book Discussion Group

Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo

Holiday Adult Card-Making Program

Saturday, November 21, 1:00PM
Monday, November 30, 5:00PM

Our special holiday adult card-making program is scheduled for Saturday, November 21, at 1:00PM and Monday, November 30, at 5:00PM.  Please note that these are two sessions of the same program and you only need to register for one.  There is a $20 materials fee for the twelve projects, payable on the night of the event.
This fun and popular craft program will fill up very quickly; please call the library at (401) 377-2770 to register if you'd like to attend.