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


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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!


  • July 18 & 25th: Gloria Redlich leads book discussions on non-violent civil disobedience 
  • July 30th: (SUNDAY EVENT) Author Terence A. Harkin speaks about his novel The Big Buddha Bicycle Race
  • August 1st:  Screening of the film, Seeking Shelter
  • August 8th:  Jim Wallis (at Harbor Church)
  • August 15th:  Library book group discusses The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • August 22nd:  Screening of the film, Seeking Shelter
  • August 29th: Panel Discussion with local remembrances
  • September 12th:  Talk by Bill Kellerman and Jim Reale



Next up this summer:

Miss Katie from playSCIENCE!

Thursday, July 27 @10:30AM 


Let's wiggle, giggle, shake and shout! Join Miss Katie for an interactive music performance. Kids will get to join the fun by helping sing and write songs; keeping rhythm by playing percussion; and last but not least, dancing! 



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Stay tuned for the archival of additional historical documents!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 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 and good conversation!


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!