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 Sept to June
  • Saturday Summer
    10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Summer Hours June to Sept
    begin June 24th, 2017

Next Scheduled Closings

  • Memorial Day
    Monday, May 29th

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


Quick Library Links

Search the OSL Online Catalog —

Library Programs & Events

Weekly Preview List
of Programs & Events


Be sure to check out our Newsletter and Facebook for additional programming and event information.

Teens should check out our Teen Page and @jessesmithteens on Instagram

Activities for Babies, Kids, Teens,
Adults, Seniors, & Families

Click on any event to go to the Main Calendar and learn more.


Join the Big Library Read
The World's Largest Global eBook Club

From now until March 30th, you can borrow the ebook "Art of the Pie" by Kate McDermott, and enter JMS Library's prize raffle!

Just go to the eZone and download the book onto any computer or device— including iPhone, iPad, Android phones & tablets, Chromebook, and Kindle.

Once you have downloaded the book, come into the Jesse Smith Library to enter our Raffle for a chance to win a Pie Making Kit! The kit includes a made-in-the-USA pie plate, a decorative 100% cotton kitchen towel, a pie server, a pie "bird", a pasty cutter, and a small jar of pure lemon extract.

Coming in April & May

Burrillville Parks & Rec Department Annual

Breakfast & Egg Hunt
with the Easter Bunny

Saturday, April 1
Click here for More Information.

Help us celebrate!

Libraries throughout Rhode Island are celebrating today!

Bring the family to the JMS Library today between 10:30 and noon, and you can visit with some of the interesting animals from Morning Beckons Farm.

Overdue Amnesty: One Day Only!

And if you bring back your overdue books today, overdue fines for those items will be forgiven. (Items must be in good condition and brought into the library to qualify for the fine amnesty.)

Dicsussion Book cover

The Girls of Atomic City
by Denise Kiernan

The women who were brought to work in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in 1942 all knew something big was happening, something they did not fully understand at the time. But they never dreamed that the reverberations from their work there, would still be being felt eighty years later.

Copies are available at the Circ Desk. Please plan to join us!


Book Discussion

Wednesday, April 12th
11:15 a.m.

This is the story of the young women of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, who unwittingly played a crucial role in one of the most significant moments in U.S. history. The town did not appear on any maps until 1949; it was created from scratch in 1942 as one of the Manhattan Project's secret cities. It was home to more than 75,000 people, many of them young women recruited from small towns across the South, and at the height of World War II it was using more electricity than New York City.

Told through interviews with dozens of surviving women and other Oak Ridge residents, this book tells the story of women whose jobs were shrouded in mystery. The penalty for talking about their work, even the most innocuous details, was job loss and eviction. And yet, these women were buoyed by a sense of shared purpose, close friendships, and a surplus of handsome scientists and Army men. Many met husbands there, made lifelong friends...

The library's adult book discussion group is open to all who are 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.

To find out about upcoming book discussion titles see our Selection List 2017.

Friends of the JMS Library Spring Silent Auction

Fly Tying Classes & a Fishing Event

Fly Tying Classes: Mondays May 8, 15, & 22 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
You may attend one or all sessions. We will make a different fly each class..

Fly Tying Event: Sunday, July 9th
No experience is necessary, and no fishing license is required to participate in the fishing event. Equipment will be provided or you may bring our own.

Registration is Necessary. To Register and get more information CLICK HERE.

Friends of the Jesse Smith Library

Spring Craft & Vendor Fair

Saturday, May 13
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


This is your one stop shopping opportunity
for unique gifts!

——  Raffle Prizes  ——
Raffle items donated by Crafters & Vendors

All proceeds benefit the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library.

Ongoing Programs

Knit & Crochet Group
Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.
Ages 10 to 100 and all skill levels welcome!

Enjoy an evening of knitting or crocheting with others. Share your skills, ask questions, grow your craft. Whether you're just learning, sharpening your skills, or have years of experience, we urge you to join us! Yarn and needles are available!

Writing Group for Adults
Alternate Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

This group provides a supportive atmosphere where participants can share ideas and experiences as they pursue their personal development of the craft of writing. Open to all adult writers! Please call to confirm dates of meetings.

Trivial Pursuit Group
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to Noon
3rd Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Are you a trivia nut? Join this group of like-minded adults who test their wits with the game of Trivial Pursuit. This group meets most Saturday mornings and also on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. All welcome. Please call ahead to confirm that there is a game!

Library Notes

Job Opportunity

The Library has an opening for a Reference Librarian. For more information about the position and how to apply: Reference Librarian Position

Go to the Friends Flower Power Fundraiser web site.

Click for more information:

Join the Big Library Read
Join and enter to win a prize!
Deadline: March 30th

Book Discussion
Wednesday, April 12th

JMS Writing Group
Alternate Wednesdays
Call for schedule!

JMS Knitting Group
Thursdays at 6:00
All ages and skill levels welcome!

Trivial Pursuit Groups
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
3rd Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m.
All welcome. Please call to confirm !

Friends of the Library
First Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Spring Silent Auction
Spring Craft & Vendor Fair

Tax Time Help

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

Tax forms are here! Please ask at Reference if you have questions.

And please check out our Tax Help Page for information about how to get tax forms and instructions, how to get assistance for filling out your forms, how to file your return, and how to get a tax filing extension, too!

Need to Print?

Print from Anywhere

Is your printer down? Do you need to print from a wireless device?

If you need to print, you can print to the JMS Library's printer from inside the Library, from home, from work— or from anywhere!

Go to: tinyurl.com/jmsprint in any browser, and you can send your documents to print at the Library's printer.

You can print in black & white or color; single pages or double-sided. Cost is the same as in-Library printing, and your print job will remain available for printing for up to 5 days from the time you submit it.

To get your job printed, come to the JMS Library during regular hours, and staff at the Reference Desk will release your print jobs.

To find out more about printing from anywhere, go to PrinterOn where you can search for a PrintSpot and download free Mobile Apps.

PrinterOn Print Simply Anywhere

Support Your Library!

Shop Amazon and support the Jesse Smith Library!

The Friends of the Jesse Smith Library invite you to shop Amazon Smile and support the library. Every time you make an eligible Amazon Smile purchase, the Friends of the Library get .5% of the purchase price!