Welcome to the Ashaway Free Library

The library is CLOSED Friday, January 7, due to snow.  We will see you on Saturday from 9AM to 1PM.  Stay safe and warm!


Important Update for Hopkinton Library Patrons
The CDC has recently issued new guidance stating that, in order to halt the spread of the Delta variant of COVID, masks should be worn indoors in public spaces in areas of substantial community spread. Washington County is now classified as one of these areas. Because of this, the Libraries of Hopkinton, Ashaway Free and Langworthy Public, will be requiring masks indoors for all patrons, regardless of vaccination status, beginning on Wednesday, August 4. All services, including curbside pickup, will remain available. We understand that this may be an unwelcome change for some folks, and we do appreciate everyone’s cooperation in helping to create a safe environment in the libraries, particularly for our youngest patrons who cannot yet be vaccinated.



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/


Be sure we have your email address so you can receive weather alerts, the quarterly newsletter and program information.