Victory Day    •    Monday, August 10    •    Closed

Director's Updates

Due to power outages in Warwick, the Board Meeting scheduled for August 5 is being rescheduled.  

We enter Phase III on Monday, July 6 with increased hours of operation and people allowed in the building.

Hours:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday:  9-5

           Tuesday 9-7

The book and DVD stacks will be open for browsing, one patron per aisle..

Curbside pick up only will continue for branches:  please check the website or call (739-5440) for days and hours.

Public computers are available for 60-minute use.

The children's library remains closed, with some books available in the Idea Studio.

Magazine Room also remains closed.  No newspaper access will be available at this time, but magazines are available upon request.

No seating is available at this time,

Reopening the Library in Phases

I am pleased to announced that the Central Library will reopen to the public on Monday, June 8.  Stay tuned for hours of operation and services to be offered.  

We will continue to offer curbside pickup of library materials  Monday through Friday,  for those who don't want to come into the building.

The branches will continue to offer curbside pickup of library materials on Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Reopening the Library in Phases

We are happy to say that on May 18 we begin offering contactless curbside pickup for materials in our Library collection.  You can call the Library or use the order form on the Library website.  

The Governor is reopening the State in phases, and we are following her lead.  Please review our Reopening Plan, which is based on the same phases as the State plan.  

Reopening the Library in Phases

We are not booking meeting rooms until it is safe for groups to assemble.  If you have a meeting scheduled already, the reservation will be canceled.  We are sorry for the inconvenience, but suggest meeting electronically.  

All library material (excluding e-books) due dates have been extended to June 1.  You may hold onto library materials until we reopen.

The Library Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for March 25 has been canceled and will be rescheduled


Materials can no longer be requested through the on-line catalog.  The service will resume once public libraries are open again and the state's delivery system is running.

Homebound Services

Our Homebound Services have been suspended until further notice.

E-Books and electronic materials

We offer e-books, e-audiobooks, movies and more through the following services:

Other Important Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be charged late fees while the library is closed?

No fines are being accrued on items checked out while we are closed.  

Can I pick up my holds?

No, we are not open to the public at this time. Holds waiting to be picked up will be held until we open again.  

How can I return my books and DVDs?

You can hold onto library materials until we open.  Due dates have been extended to May 1.  

When will the library reopen?

Warwick Library is following State of Emergency instructions from Mayor Joseph J. Solomon and Governor Gina Raimondo. We will reopen to the public when they say it is safe to do so.

The Mayor has declared a state of emergency in the City of Warwick and has closed the ice rink and pool, and has canceled all meetings of city boards and commissions. 


The Governor is closing schools next week.  To protect the public the  Library is CLOSED.  Items can be returned through book drops.  The home bound program will continue.  

We have many services that are available remotely if you have access to the internet:

Telephone service will be available during the day at 739-5440.

To the residents of Warwick:

We are supporting the efforts of the Rhode Island Department of Health to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Due to the Governor’s State of Emergency declaration in response to the coronavirus, the Warwick Public Library is canceling events that will attract large numbers of people, and those that are aimed specifically at the elderly. We have canceled the March Friends’ Book Sale, and will reschedule it in June, if possible.


We have no more available storage area in the Library, and so are unable to take any more book donations for the sale.


We have made sanitizing wipes available to the public and have custodians cleaning desk and table tops, chairs, and computer keyboards daily, as well as door knobs and handrails several times a day.


If you are sick we ask you not to come to the Library. We have many services that are available remotely if you have access to the internet:

More information about the Coronavirus can be found here.


Our goal is to provide good and safe library services to the residents of Warwick.


Chris La Roux

Library Director

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