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Westerly Library is now available by appointment only. Some sections of the first floor will be available for browsing material and to utilize the public computer lab, by reservation only. During this initial reopening phase we are unable to accommodate walk-ins. To make a reservation please call 401.596.2877 ext 930 for Circulation and ext 311 for the computer lab. Please check back for updates! Library Takeout Service is still available via the Books & Materials tab for contact-free pickup and the book drop is now open for material returns.

News

Future of the Christopher Columbus Statue in Wilcox Park

 

We are cognizant of the controversy taking place all over the country in regards to Columbus statues.  Recently, we have received inquiries regarding the presence of the Christopher Columbus statue in Wilcox Park. As a result, the Association is conducting research to determine the true ownership of the Westerly granite statue. Once determined, discussion will begin regarding the presence of this statue in Wilcox Park.




Statement to the Public


Westerly Library and Wilcox Park (Memorial and Library Association), a private non-profit organization, was made aware of a complaint this morning from a community member regarding alleged discrimination based upon a physical disability and religious beliefs. 

We vehemently deny any claims of discrimination or wrongdoing. We do not engage in nor tolerate any forms of discrimination. All proper procedures and policies are followed in regards to any and all incidents that take place on our property. Our policy information can be located on our website here: https://westerlylibrary.org/policies-and-plans

As a private non-profit organization, we remain open for the public to enjoy and keep true in our mission to strengthen community and enrich lives by stimulating intellect and sparking imagination through access to literature, information, technology, nature, and the arts.

We encourage our patrons and community to refrain from drawing any conclusions to this one-sided, unsubstantiated claim until all facts are made public. We remain committed to serving all patrons and the surrounding communities with upmost honor and dignity.