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 begin Sept 12th
  • Saturday Summer
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Summer Hours begin June 20th

Next Scheduled Closings

  • Presidents Day
    Monday, February 15th

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

  • Click here for the Library's
    Weather Closing Policy


Quick Library Links

Search the OSL Online Catalog —

Library Programs & Events

Check out our new and improved Calendar.

As ever, be sure to check out our Newsletter and Facebook and Twitter for additional programming and event information.

February at the Library

Finding Nemo Family Adventure
Finding Nemo Family Adventure

An interactive, life-size adventure for the whole family!
Saturday, February 6th
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
JMS Library Community Room

Dicsussion Book cover

This book has been selected as 2016's Reading Across Rhode Island book.

Book Discussion

Wednesday, February 10th
11:00 a.m.

This month's selection is The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough. Copies are available at the Circ Desk. Please plan to join us!

"This is the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright. On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot...."

The library's adult book discussion group is open to those 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. For more information, please call Robin Nyzio (401) 710-7800 x 711

iPad Tips & Tricks Class for Adults


February 17 & 24

10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Do you have an iPad? Are you interested in learning more about how to use it? Then please plan to join us for this learning session led by Robin Nyzio.

To participate, you will need to bring your iPad, your charging cord, and all your login information so we can go online and get you up to speed on using your iPad, both online and off.

This class is free, but please register for it at the Reference Desk. Thank you.


Dye Marbling on Silk Scarves


Saturday, February 27
11:00 a.m.

Donít you just love a pretty, colorful silk scarf? Did you know that itís actually very easy to dye your own? All you need is the right tools and some basic know-how. Join us for this workshop and create your own exquisite dye marbled silk scarf.

Space is limited, so please register at the Reference Desk today. Thank you.



Meet Our Local Musicians

A little about them: HERE

Their Websites:

Billy Mitchell

The Whodos

Jacob Haller

Jan Luby

Joanne Lurgio

Amy Hererra

Tammy Laforest

Blackstrap Molasses

Check the Online Calendar for these Meetings:

Friends of the Library
Meet 1st Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

3rd Tuesday Trivial Pursuit
Meets 3rd Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Teens Meet @ the Hangout
Wednesdays from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Writers Group
Meets Alternate Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Knitting Group
Meets Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.

Trivial Pursuit
Meets Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.


Old Sturbridge Village— The Library now has passes!

Old Sturbridge Village

Looking for something new to do with the family this winter? Why not borrow one of the Library's newest passes and visit Old Sturbridge Village? The pass is good for 50% off admission prices, and there's lots for everyone in the family to see and do. Check it out today!


The Burrillville Prevention Action Coalition is a volunteer, working task force comprised of individuals who are interested in substance abuse prevention issues in the Burrillville communities.

Current Task Force members include school, prevention and treatment professionals, youth, parents, law enforcement, faith community, health care, youth organizations, business owners, media and local government. All members live and work in the Burrillville area.



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Library Notes

Saturday, February 6
Library Phones System Down

The Library's phones are not working today, but the Library is open. If you really need to talk to us, please try calling again later. Thanks!

Tax Time Help

Go to the Library's Tax Time Help Page. Tax Filing Deadline is April 15th!

Please check out our Tax Help Page for information about filing your taxes, getting forms, and getting assistance.

Tech Help Appointments

Our Reference Desk staff can help you learn a variety of technology skills:

  • Computer basics
  • eBook downloading
  • eBook Reader skills
  • iPad and tablet help
  • Basic Microsoft Office skills
  • Online research databases

You can book a 30-minute session by contacting Robin Nyzio:
       (401) 710-7800 x 702

RI Public Radio

RIPR One Square Mile Series LogoRhode Island Public Radio Logo

Take a few minutes to listen— online— to the wonderful segments RI Public Radio aired this fall for One Square Mile: Burrillville, RI. There's something for everyone— and we bet you'll learn things about Burrillville that you never knew!

Parks & Rec Department

Winter 2016 Program Schedule

Stillwater Mill Pavillion

Thanks for your support! See you next summer!

Burrillville Animal Shelter

Thanks to all who have donated to the Animal Shelter. Your donations are always greatly appreciated.

The Burrillville Animal Shelter could use your help. If you can't adopt a shelter pet, you can help make the days happier for the animals at the shelter who are patiently waiting to find their forever homes. Donations for the shelter can be dropped off at the JMS Library. There is a list of most needed items posted in the Library, and cash donations are always welcome to help with veterinary care for the animals.

January 2016

An important note on pet safety—

This winter, when you take a walk with your pet, please be sure to clean your pet's paws after each walk outdoors. If your pets lick ice melt, rock salt, and antifreeze from their paws, it can make them very sick or even kill them. Thank you!

Support Your Favorite Animal Cause

You and your pet can help support your favorite animal causes by just getting out and taking a walk!

Walk for a Dog and ResQWalk are helping animals one step at a time. By downloading their smartphone apps, you and your best friend can take a walk and support you favorite animal cause at the same time! It's easy to do, and the walks are good for you and your best friend.

And just in case you do sign up, Burrillville Animal Control is registered with both Walk for a Dog and ResQWalk.

We wish you all a happy and healthy 2016!