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:

The library is now open for 20-minutes appointments for browsing, computer use, and copy machine use.

Hours are:

Monday, 10AM to 1PM and 3PM to 6PM

Tuesday, 4PM to 8PM

Wednesday, 10AM to 1PM and 3PM to 6PM

Thursday, 4PM to 8PM

Friday, 10AM to 1PM and 3PM to 6PM

Saturday, 9AM to 1PM (Curbside Only)

We will also continue to offer curbside pickup service.

Please call 401-377-2770 to schedule an in-library appointment or contactless curbside pickup.

Important notes:

Masks/face coverings worn over both the nose and mouth are required inside the library building. Please maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and other patrons you may encounter in the library or on the grounds.

If you are feeling unwell or you may have been exposed to the virus, please do not come to the library.

Please arrive on time for your appointment. If you are unable to arrive on time, please call the library to reschedule. When you arrive for your appointment, call from the parking to let us know and then wait for a staff person to let you in. If you don’t have a cell phone, just knock and we will admit you.

Appointments will be for 20 minutes and you may browse, use the computer, and/or use the copier during that time.

Hand sanitizer is available for patron use and staff will be cleaning high-touch surfaces regularly.

In order for us to accommodate as many patrons as we can, only one appointment may be made per person/household per day. Families who live in the same home may come to their appointment together if necessary but we ask that you send as few people from your household as possible.

We are unable to admit walk-ins at this time.

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 72 hours for returned materials to come off your card.

Even with masks on and through Plexiglas, we are looking forward to seeing you soon at the Ashaway Free Library!

As always, please feel free to contact the library with any questions:

(401) 377-2770



*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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