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Newport Public Library
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The Newport Public Library
Country United States of America
Type Public Library
Established May 1, 1870
Location 300 Spring Street
Newport, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°28′57.65″N 71°18′44.07″W / 41.4826806°N 71.3122417°W / 41.4826806; -71.3122417
Size 129,441
(June 2019)
Access and use
Circulation 168,064
Population served 24,672
Other information
Director Joseph Logue
Staff 36
Phone number (401) 847-8720

The Newport Public Library was charted by the State of Rhode Island in 1869. The Library opened on May 1, 1870 as “The People’s Library of Newport.” The Library is dedicated to serving the people of Newport and the surrounding communities by “providing opportunities that support lifelong learning, encourage inspiration, imagination and enjoyment and connect people to each other and to the rest of the world.”

Located in historic Newport, Rhode Island, the public library is housed in a spacious, brightly lit building that sits at the bottom of Aquidneck Park, just north of Newport Harbor. The public library offers the community a collection of materials and services, for adults, children, and teens that are both current and classic.

Library services include:

  • Lending books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, magazines and other library materials
  • Online information services such as the World Book Encyclopedia, and a multitude of online research guides and databases
  • Downloadable audiobooks
  • Public computers with Internet access, as well as WiFi connectivity
  • Programming for children, teens, and adults
  • A discount bookstore with books, CDs and DVDs for as little as one dollar each

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