Welcome to the Ashaway Free Library



A Cherished Neighborhood Institution Since 1871
Ashaway, Rhode Island
The Ashaway Free Library (AFL) has a print collection of 23,000 plus volumes, a wide selection of magazines, DVD/audio books/ CD collection of 553 items as well as computer stations and WIFI connection. The library is a member of Ocean State Libraries which gives patrons access to materials from libraries throughout the state of Rhode Island and beyond. The AFL is truly a window to the world for its community. The library sponsors programs for children and adults throughout the year.

Important Update for Our Patrons:

We are happy to announce that the library has returned to our normal hours:
Monday 10-5
Tuesday 4-8
Wednesday 10-8
Thursday 4-8
Friday 10-5
Saturday 9-1


Appointments are no longer required for browsing, holds pickup, or copier use.  Please do still call us at 401-377-2770 for appointments to use the computer.


What you can do to help us keep patrons and staff safe and healthy:
Please send as few people from your household as possible when visiting the library.  Of course, please stay home if you or anyone you’ve been in close contact with is feeling unwell.  For more information on some symptoms to watch out for, please check HERE.


We ask that you keep your visits short.  This helps us accommodate the most patrons in the safest manner.  If the library becomes too crowded, we may have to ask visitors to wait before coming in.


Masks are still required over nose and mouth for the duration of your visit.  Click HERE for the latest guidance on effective mask use.


Be aware of your surroundings when you stop by.  Maintain at least six feet of distance between yourself and other people, and look for posted signs to help guide you.


For our patrons that prefer the safety and convenience of curbside pickup, we will continue to offer that service indefinitely.  Just give us a call during open hours and we’ll put your materials on the table.


Many sources are predicting a potentially difficult fall and winter.  If we work together, we can keep our library open safely.  A note to all of our patrons and friends who have been wonderful about using curbside and appointments, wearing masks, and distancing: I want to personally say that I’m  proud that the Ashaway Free Library is part of a community where caring for one another by taking these important precautions is a priority.  Thank you very much for your cooperation and support.


As always, please feel free to call us at 401-377-2770 or email director@ashawaylibrary.org with any questions.




*All returned materials should be put in the book drop (including AV items–no fine will be charged). We are quarantining and cleaning everything that comes back to the library. Please allow at least 4 days for returned materials to come off your card.


*You can access electronic books and audiobooks through the Rhode Island eZone here: https://riezone.overdrive.com/


*Our WiFi is accessible all day, every day, from the library’s parking lot and grounds.


*If you do not have a current library card and would like to use electronic resources, you can apply for a temporary card here: https://www.oslri.org/application/


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