About the Ashaway Free Library

Library Staff

Librarian Director: Heather Field
Staff: Cheryl Baker, Amy Forbes, Josh Fowler
Substitutes: Emily Lemay, Tyler Vaughan


Board of Trustees

Lorna Caulfield, Fran Cohen, Dezmarie Doyle, Judie Freeman, Krislyn Launer, Michelle Lussier, Tara Roesberg, Dave Smith, Bob Ward

Mission of the Ashaway Free Library

To enrich the community by providing resources and related services and programming for personal skills, self-improvement, career advancement, cultural enjoyment, entertainment, and creative activities.

About Us

The staff and the board of trustees of the Ashaway Free Library are proud of the tradition of welcoming and personal service offered to generations of area residents and visitors.


The library may be reached at 401-377-2770 or director@ashawaylibrary.org.  Library hours are: Monday 10-5; Tuesday 4-8; Wednesday 10-8; Thursday 4-8; Friday 10-5; Saturday 9-1.

Service Policy

Any person may become a borrowing member of the library and be issued a library card in accordance with the rules of the Ocean State Libraries (OSL) consortium.


Persons are not required to be members of the library to use the library facilities and to use library materials on the premises. Only valid members of the Ashaway Free Library or persons in possession of an OSL card from another library may borrow materials for use outside the library.


Services available include the following:


CIRCULATION:  Duty librarians will circulate all materials (excluding local history special collections) for the appropriate loan periods to cardholders in good standing.  Items other than video media and reference books may be renewed once, provided that another patron has not requested the item.  There is no charge for borrowing materials, but charges will be assessed for overdue, lost, or damaged items and for audiovisual items returned in the book drop.


INTERLIBRARY LOAN: Requested materials that are not part of the library’s holdings will be obtained, as available, through the appropriate interlibrary loan (ILL) network. Any fees assessed by owning libraries for sending materials physically or electronically will be paid by the patron. No fees are charged for research or for returning ILL items. The library adheres to the Libraries of Rhode Island Interlibrary Loan Code. Materials borrowed through ILL have a six week loan period, inclusive of transit time.


REFERENCE: Staff members are available to assist in locating materials, subject matter, or specific items on the shelves or in the library’s electronic holdings.  Reference requests are accepted in person, by phone, and by electronic mail.


PROGRAMS: The library provides educational, cultural, and entertainment programs for children, young adults, adults, and families.  These programs are free and open to the public.


The library adheres to the policies of the American Library Association, including the Library Bill of Rights and the Code of Ethics.