100 Tinkham Lane, Harrisville, Rhode Island 02830
Phone 401-710-7800
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Directions to the Library

Library Hours

  • Monday - Thursday
    10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday Winter
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Winter Hours Sept to June
  • Saturday Summer
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Summer Hours June to Sept
    begin June 24th, 2017

Next Scheduled Closings

  • Memorial Day
    Monday, May 29th
  • Staff Training Day
    Friday, June 2nd

Weather Closing &
Cancellation Information

During inclement weather, the Library may close early, delay opening time, or be closed all day when weather conditions warrant. If you are in doubt, please call ahead (401-710-7800) or check online here or on Facebook.

We also send closing information to the Rhode Island Broadcasting Association so check your favorite television news station.

Whenever the library closes early, fines are suspended for materials which were due but could not be returned on that day. All materials due on the day of closing then become due on the next open day.

Children's Programs Cancellations —

All children’s programs will be cancelled if classes in the Burrillville Public Schools are cancelled, even if the library elects to remain open.


Quick Library Links

Search the OSL Online Catalog —

Library Programs & Events

Weekly Preview List
of Programs & Events


Be sure to check out our Newsletter and Facebook for additional programming and event information.

Teens should check out our Teen Page and @jessesmithteens on Instagram

Kids and Parents should check out
Facebook @Jesse Smith Kids

Activities for Babies, Kids, Teens,
Adults, Seniors, & Families

Click on any event to go to the Main Calendar and learn more.


May at the Library

Coming in June & July

Dicsussion Book cover

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J.D. Vance

"...a deeply moving memoir with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures..."

Copies are available at the Circ Desk. Please plan to join us!


Book Discussion

Wednesday, June 14th
11:15 a.m.

This is the story of how upward mobility really feels. J.D.'s grandparents moved from Kentucky's Appalachia to Ohio in hopes of escaping poverty. They raised a middle-class family, but they struggled with the demands of their new life. The abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma that were characteristic of their old life, could not be completely left behind.

The story of the author’s journey from a troubled, addiction-torn Appalachian family to Yale Law School is at once shocking, heartbreaking, gut-wrenching, and hysterically funny.

The library's adult book discussion group is open to all who are interested in reading and discussing a book together. Books are chosen ahead of time. Multiple copies are available at the library's check-out desk. Readers may also place their own holds on the book, e-book, or audiobook.

To find out about upcoming book discussion titles see our Selection List 2017.

Small Space Gardening

Saturday, June 10
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The URI Master Gardeners will be here to get you started on your own small space garden.

FREE Program. NO registration needed!

8 great summer concerts
Check it out!

Our 2017 Performers:

  • Navy Band Northeast: Rhode Island Sound
  • Brass Attack
  • Grandevolution
  • The Aviators
  • Jesse Liam Band
  • Live Music Band
  • Whiskey Rhode
  • Slippery Sneakers

Our 2017 Sponsors:

  • The Friends of the Jesse Smith Library
  • June Rockwell Levy Foundation
  • The Cash Family
  • Bayberry Commons
  • Natural Resource Service, Inc.
  • Crystal Lake Golf & Tavern
  • Academy of Tap, Jazz, Ballet & Hip Hop
  • Steere Burner Service
  • Little General
  • Overlook Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
  • Rhode Island Credit Union
  • Navigant Credit Union
  • Pascoag Utility District

Fly Tying Classes & a Fishing Event

Thanks to all who participated in our fly tying classes in May.
We hope to see you at the fishing event in July!

Fly Fishing Event: Sunday, July 9th
No experience is necessary, and no fishing license is required to participate in the fishing event. Equipment will be provided or you may bring our own.

Registration is Necessary. To Register and get more information CLICK HERE.

Ongoing Library Programs

Knit & Crochet Group
Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.
Ages 10 to 100 and all skill levels welcome!

Enjoy an evening of knitting or crocheting with others. Share your skills, ask questions, grow your craft. Whether you're just learning, sharpening your skills, or have years of experience, we urge you to join us! Yarn and needles are available!

Writing Group for Adults
Alternate Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

This group provides a supportive atmosphere where participants can share ideas and experiences as they pursue their personal development of the craft of writing. Open to all adult writers! Please call to confirm dates of meetings.

Library Notes

Job Opportunity

The Library has an opening for a Library Page in the Children's Department. For more information about the position and how to apply: Library Page Position

Upcoming Events
Click for more information

Friends of the Library
First Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Book Sale: Saturday, June 17th

Book Discussion
Wednesday, June 14th

Ongoing Library Programs
JMS Writing Group
Trivial Pursuit Groups
JMS Knitting Group

Need to Print?

Print from Anywhere

Is your printer down? Do you need to print from a wireless device?

If you need to print, you can print to the JMS Library's printer from inside the Library, from home, from work— or from anywhere!

Go to: tinyurl.com/jmsprint in any browser, and you can send your documents to print at the Library's printer.

You can print in black & white or color; single pages or double-sided. Cost is the same as in-Library printing, and your print job will remain available for printing for up to 5 days from the time you submit it.

To get your job printed, come to the JMS Library during regular hours, and staff at the Reference Desk will release your print jobs.

To find out more about printing from anywhere, go to PrinterOn where you can search for a PrintSpot and download free Mobile Apps.

PrinterOn Print Simply Anywhere

Support Your Library!

Shop Amazon and support the Jesse Smith Library!

The Friends of the Jesse Smith Library invite you to shop Amazon Smile and support the library. Every time you make an eligible Amazon Smile purchase, the Friends of the Library get .5% of the purchase price!