Island Free Library

Dodge Street 

PO Box 1830

Block Island, RI 02807

phone: 401 466-3233

fax: 401 466-3236


Library Hours:

Mondays Closed

Tuesdays 11am-7pm

Wednesdays 10am-5pm

Thursdays 10am-5pm

Fridays 10am-5pm

Saturdays 10am-3pm

 Sundays Closed


Like us on Facebook!

Follow us on Instagram!


Visit the Little Free Library, Nancy's Book Nook, at Ball O'Brien Park - take a book or leave a book!







Click here to link to the Rhode Island on-line catalog.

 Click here for Rhode Island's on-line reference center-includes resource databases, World Book & more!


RI virtual library

Click here to connect to Rhode Island's digital library.

mango languages




Click here to connect to Mango- an on-line language-learning system. The easiest way to learn a language! 

The Island Free Library

*A Five Star Library*

~Enriching Island Life Since 1875~


 Special Events Listed Below - 

Be sure to check the Weekly Programs

page for more library happenings.



Seeking Shelter from the Storm  is an exhibit running through the summer and fall that focuses on the important role Block Island and its inhabitants played in the life and activism of poet, priest and pacifist Daniel Berrigan. 


Join us every Tuesday night from 5:30-7PM

for events inspired by and connected to

Seeking Shelter from the Storm. All are welcome!


  • August 22nd:  Screening of the film, Seeking Shelter
  • August 29th: Panel Discussion with local remembrances
  • September 5th: Songs of Peaceful Protest with Atwater and Donnelly
  • September 12th:  Talk by Bill Kellerman and Jim Reale




Join us for an author event with

Ann Hood


Wednesday, September 13

The author of An Italian Wife, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread and other novels, Hood is a Rhode Island native who will join us for a night of reading, conversation and refreshment.


A selection of her work is available to check out -  all are welcome!



Music on the patio with

Maria Sangiolo 

Thursday, August 17th 

at 5:30PM

Maria Sangiolo has been writing and performing for children and their families for the past ten years. Whether it’s under the moon singing a lullaby, in the garden building houses for fairies, by the sea watching dolphins diving or down on the farm growing and eating veggies, Sangiolo challenges us to be our very best and be stewards of the planet at the same time. Come listen, sing along, and enjoy this all-ages performance!




Visit the new Digital Archives of the Island Free Library, generously endowed by Aloyise Pomeroy and the Friends of the Island Free Library. 


This amazing resource is perfect for researching family history, historical events on Block Island, or how much a seafood plate at Kittens cost in 1966 ($1.50). Browse thousands of issues of Block Island newspaper archives, including issues of The Block Island Fly, The Block Island Hooter, The Block Island Newsletter, The Block Island Reporter, The Block Island Times, The Ebb Tide, The Manisses Journal, and The Ocean View.

Stay tuned for the archival of additional historical documents!



Join us for August's

641 Cookbook Club:

Summer's Bounty!

Wednesday, August 16th at 6PM

Prepare any fresh dish made with the bounty of the island summer and bring it to share. Be creative and have fun with the theme - fruits, vegetables, fowl, fish, etc. are welcome!


Enjoy a selection of great food good conversation, and a Q&A with master gardeners Stephen Robison and Fred Nelson!


All are welcome! Please sign up at the front desk and take a look at our collection of cookbooks.


Coming soon....


September's theme: Apples, berries and pears, oh my!




Book Mobile Wednesday!

If you or a loved one is unable to make it down to the library

due to a recent illness, surgery or any other disability, give us a call

and we'll deliver your favorite book, magazine, or movie right to you!

Every Wednesday - just give us a call and have your library card ready! 

  Children's Storytime


 Toddler & Preschoolers - Wednesdays at 10:30AM


Come read, dance, eat a snack and make a craft!


 Come play Mahjongg!

Summer Schedule:

Tuesdays from 7-9PM

Thursdays from 10AM-12PM

All levels welcome! Come to learn and improve!