Nationally recognized for its public library service by Library Journal, the Island Free Library is one of Block Island's most beloved destinations among islanders and visitors alike, young and old. Open year-round, it provides a central location, holds a unique position of importance within this remote community, and plays an integral part of island life. The Library's staff, Board of Trustees, and loyal Friends of the Library all work tirelessly to ensure a safe, comfortable, stimulating and aesthetically pleasing environment in which to learn and embrace literacy in all forms. We look forward to seeing you there!

  ---Shirlyne Gobern, Chair (2019)        

Lisa Nolan, Vice-Chair (2020)            

William Feuer, Treasurer (2018)        

Gloria Redlich, Secretary (2019)        

Tracy Heinz (2020)

David Sniffen (2018)

Elizabeth Taylor (2019)

Upcoming Meetings:

May 15, 2018

June 19, 2018

No meetings in July & August

September 25, 2018

October 16, 2018

November 13, 2018

December 18, 2018


All meetings are open to the public and held at the Island Free Library at 6PM. 

Library Board of Trustees

The Library Board is a volunteer group of 7 trustees appointed by the Town Council for three-year terms. Persons interested in serving on the Board of Trustees may submit a letter of interest to the Town Council, and are encouraged to express interest to the Library Director and/or current Board member(s). 

Powers and duties of trustees are established by RI General Law, Section 29-4-6. The trustees are the legal guardians and custodians of the library. Duties include providing suitable space for the library, arranging for proper care of the library, choosing the Library Director, and making rules and regulations for the governance of the library and use of books and resources. The Board holds monthly meetings and works cooperatively with the Library Director to set policies and establish the annual budget, among other things.  The Library Board is qualified to accept tax deductible charitable donations under IRS Section 170(c)(1), as a political subdivision of the State of RI and a unit of local government.

Meetings are held in accordance with the Rhode Island Open Meetings Law and the public is welcome to attend.  To view a schedule of meetings, agendas and minutes, please follow this link to the RI Secretary of State’s Open Meetings website: