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Discover the beautiful towns of Westerly, RI and Stonington, CT.

About the Library

The Westerly Library is located in the heart of downtown Westerly, Rhode Island. It is a unique library in the fact that it is one library that serves two towns in two separate states.

The Library is open 60 hours each week, and the collection includes books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, audio books, e-books, and much more all totaling more than 287,000 items. We are a member of the statewide Ocean State Libraries consortium and can therefore offer library card holders access to over 50 shared library collections in the state of Rhode Island; We make every attempt to get our patrons what they ask for!

Our focus of service is the residents and tax payers of both Westerly and Pawcatuck. However, residents and taxpayers in any part of Rhode Island and Stonington, CT are eligible for full service Westerly Library cards. As part of Ocean State Libraries, the Rhode Island public libraries consortium, we provide materials and services to all other OSL member libraries. And anyone, from anywhere, can walk through our doors and utilize a number of in-house services.

The Library features study rooms, meeting space, browsing areas and an inviting Children's Room.  Computers are available for public use in almost every department. The library also has Wi-fi allowing users to bring their own devices. Most of our online resources are available through AskRI. Ancestry Library Edition is available for use only in the library.  Our friendly staff is here to assist with a wide variety of information needs, from recommending a favorite author to tracking down important information for school, work or personal enrichment. 

The Hoxie Gallery is one of the premier galleries in the region.  Its changing exhibits feature the work of local artists, including high school students Westerly and Stonington, Connecticut.  

Not part of municipal government, the Memorial and Library Association of Westerly is a private, not-for-profit corporation, which receives less than 1/3 of its total annual budget from the towns of Westerly, RI and Stonington CT and depends upon the endowment and community support for the rest. An eighteen-member Board of Trustees governs the Association. Fifteen of the Trustees are selected from the roster of Incorporators; the remaining three are ex-officio Trustees; a member of the Westerly Town Council, a member of the Stonington Board of Selectmen, and the President of the Friends of the Memorial and Library Association. Today, there are over 300 Incorporators, who serve as liaisons to both the communities of Westerly and Stonington. New Incorporators are proposed by the nominating committee of the Board of Trustees and elected at the annual meeting in September.