The Pontiac Free Library is closed on the following holidays:
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The Pontiac Free Library strives to provide reading, entertainment, and informational resources for all our patrons in a pleasant and inviting atmosphere. We endeavor to meet the needs of our patrons by providing a well-rounded collection of leisure reading and audiovisual materials as well as reference resources in a variety of formats utilizing the latest technologies, including internet access.
The Pontiac Free Library follows the ALA Bill of Rights in making the use of the library available to any patron without discrimination because of age, gender, race, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation or physical characteristics.
The library is staffed with friendly and professional people who provide prompt and courteous service to patrons.
Confidentiality rights of all library patrons will be upheld as provided in the ALA Code of Ethics.
In keeping with the mission statement, the library purchases materials in various formats that can be used for recreational, informational or educational purposes.
The Pontiac Free Library is a member of the Ocean State Libraries network. We abide by the consortium policies with regard to borrowing privileges and the sharing of library materials.
101 Greenwich Ave.
Warwick, RI 02886
Updated January 10, 2016
Story Time for
children ages 2 through 4
Winter session begins on January 12. (No Story Time on February 16)
January 29-March 18
School Vacation Program
Dave Marchetti's Animal Experiences
We are pleased to be able to offer passes to our patrons
for the Mystic
Aquarium. or the Biomes
Marine Biology Center. The passes provide a discount on the cost of
admission. For more information, call the library at 737-3292.
Pontiac Free Library Book Club
The Book Club is led
Arlene Orcutt. If
you love books and enjoy discussing or just listening to conversation
about books, come and join us. Bring your thoughts on books you have
read that others might enjoy! Come even if you have not read the
book....you might enjoy the conversation!
Knitting or Crocheting anyone?
Come to share knitting/crocheting tips and patterns (and chat).
Novice knitters/crocheters welcome.
Those who do other needlework are welcome too!
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Located in the historic mill village of Pontiac, the Pontiac Free Library Association was founded in 1884.
The Pontiac Mills, established by Robert and Benjamin Knight during the mid-1800's, was home to the "Fruit of the Loom" clothing label. The mills and the Knight family had a great impact on the village and it's residents.
The Library was created due to the efforts of several village residents; today we recognize mainly Rev. Laurence B. Thoumad, Carl Sundin, and David Alexander, superintendant of the Pontiac Mills. Miss Edith Knight, a relative of Robert and Benjamin, spent much time acting as librarian. Most of the Library's funds were raised through suppers and concerts hosted by Miss Knight.
In later years, the Library began to expand. A trust fund was created through the Knight family's continuing interest and generous funds left by Edith Knight. The Rhode Island Hospital Trust Company aided in this endeavor and the fund was created in 1943.
The present brick structure was erected in 1957. After World War II, the Library was finally able to offer better service and hours. The new building was opened to borrowers on February 10, 1957, the very day after its dedication.
Last Updated: January 10, 2016
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