Monday 1 - 7
Tuesday 10 - 5
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 2 - 7
Friday 1 - 5
Saturday 10-2
Sunday Closed


The Pontiac Free Library is closed on the following holidays:
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Presidents’ Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Victory Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veterans’ Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas 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.


Service Statement

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.





Library Director

Carolyn Romelczyk

Assistant Librarian

Jeanette Cole


For exact directions from your home, click here for Yahoo! Maps and Driving Directions and enter your address.

From Route I-95 take exit 12 (Route 113-east). At the traffic light make a left turn onto Route 5 north. Follow for 0.8 miles to the blinking light with the Pontiac Mills on your right. Take a right at the fork with signs pointing toward Greenwich Avenue and Pontiac Library for 0.5 miles. Pontiac Library is at 101 Greenwich Avenue and is the first building on the left after the All Saints Church.

From Route I-295 take the Warwick exit for Route 2 South (Bald Hill Road). At first traffic light near Sears (R.I. Mall) make a U-turn. From Route 2 north take your first right near Warwick Mall - Access Road (West Natick Road). Pass Warwick Medical Building and Macy's to Route 5. A Providence Bicycle store will be diagonally across Route 5. Cross Route 5 and travel one block taking your first left to Pontiac Library at 101 Greenwich Avenue.

Pontiac Free Library
(A member of Ocean State Libraries)

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101 Greenwich Ave.
Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 737-3292

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( Rhode Island's Statewide Reference Resource Center.)

Updated January 10, 2016

 What's New?

  Story Time for children ages 2 through 4

Winter session begins on January 12. (No Story Time on February 16)
Story Time for children ages 2 to 4  is held on Tuesday mornings at 10:15 AM.

Come and join in the fun! 

  Fireside Fridays

January 29-March 18
Come and join the friendly gathering by our fireplace on a wintry afternoon.
Fire is lit at 1:30. Tea and goodies served from 2:30-3:30.

  School Vacation Program

Dave Marchetti's Animal Experiences
Tuesday, February 16 at 1:30. For children of all ages.

   Library Passes

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 by Arlene OrcuttIf 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!

The book club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

The planned upcoming discussions are:

January 12 The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

February 9, The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
March 8, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian
April 12, All That Is Bitter & Sweet by Ashley Judd

  For more information please contact Arlene Orcutt at arleneorcutt@gmail.com or phone at 401-219-6849.

   Knitting or Crocheting anyone?

The Knit/Crochet Group meets Thursday at 2 pm.
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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Did You Know?


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.

Pontiac Free Library Sketch

Last Updated: January 10, 2016


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