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 Regarding COVID-19:


Due to the increasing severity of the coronavirus outbreak, the Ashaway Free Library will remain closed through April. We hope to be able to reopen on May 4, but this may change.


Our annual Book, Bake, and Plant sale, scheduled for May 16, will be rescheduled.


*There are lots of free books for adults and kids (all ages) on the library’s porch, and they are replenished regularly. Stop by and help yourself! Please do take commonsense precautions when handling the books, as you would at the grocery store during this time.


*All materials currently checked out will be due on May 1. This will likely be extended as more libraries announce longer closures.


*All library cards which were set to expire between now and April 30 have been given a new expiration date of May 1. This allows you to continue to use your card for electronic resources. This will be extended as more libraries stay closed.


*The ability to place holds has temporarily been suspended. The delivery service is also suspended indefinitely.


*Holds currently waiting on the shelf will have extended pickup dates of at least one week after the library reopens.


*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/


We hope this information is helpful. Please email the library at director@ashawaylibrary.org with any other questions.


Stay safe and well, library friends.


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