Welcome to the Ashaway Free Library

Important Update for Library Patrons


Face masks are no longer required inside the Ashaway Free Library, but we still encourage patrons who are comfortable wearing them to do so. The “community level” (risk of overwhelming our healthcare system and hospitals) in Washington County is currently “low,” but there is a high level of community transmission of the COVID-19 virus in Rhode Island and in Washington County.
Masking in indoor public spaces is still the best option for those who are at high-risk of severe disease from COVID-19, such as anyone with diabetes, heart or lung disease, recent or current cancer treatment, conditions which weaken the immune system, and older adults.
As always, please do not visit the library if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
Please note: We continue to offer curbside pickup of library materials. Please call 401-377-2770 when you’re ready to head over and we’ll check out your materials and have them outside on the table as soon as we can!
For patrons who are at high risk for severe COVID and feel uncomfortable being inside the library now that masks are not required, please email the library director at director@ashawaylibrary.org to discuss options for library access.


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 Information for Our Patrons:

The library is open:
Monday 10-5
Tuesday 4-8
Wednesday 10-8
Thursday 4-8
Friday 10-5
Saturday 9-1


In accordance with CDC guidance:


Because Washington County is a high-transmission community (per CDC data, monitored daily), masks are required for all patrons, ages 2 and up, who enter the library, regardless of vaccination status.

For those who  prefer not to wear a mask, we will continue to offer curbside pickup services and reference assistance by phone and email.


As always, please do not visit the library if you are anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms of illness.


Feel free to call us at 401-377-2770 or email director@ashawaylibrary.org with any questions.


*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 one, you can apply here: https://www.oslri.org/application/


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