Nestled between the elegance of Bellevue Avenue and the colonial charm of Thames Street sits one of Newport’s greatest assets – its public library.
The history of the Newport Public Library reveals several locations and challenging growing pains, but today it stands proud in a building completed in 2001.
The library, which circulates close to one-quarter million items per year, with over 16,000 cardholders, remains a treasured resource and an integral part of the community.
The Newport Public Library depends upon the generosity of the city and the community it serves to keep its varied services innovative and vital, remaining the wonderful, free resource that it is.
1. Isn’t the Newport Public Library a department of the city?
It sounds like it is, but it is not. The library is established as a 501(C)(3) organization. This means that it is a separate, not-for-profit organization governed by its own Board of Trustees, who represent a cross section of the community, and who volunteer their time and expertise. The Newport City Council has a representative on the Board.
2. Does the City of Newport give any money to the library?
Absolutely. The City of Newport and the State of Rhode Island both support the library’s annual budget. On average the city provides 77% and the state 17% of the library’s annual budget.
The library itself raises from 5-8% of its annual budget, through various fund-raising endeavors such as our Annual Appeal in the Fall and The Event – a summertime fund-raising affair. This is coupled with monies collected through fines, interest income, memorial donations, our Perfect Gift Program and some major gifts from Friends of the Library.
3. Why donate to the Newport Public Library?
With its mission of “life-long learning for the entire community” the Newport Public Library is one facility that truly serves the entire community.
- The library offers a myriad of children’s programs, many of which insure that pre-schoolers will enter school with the skills needed to read and learn.
- School children of all grade levels have access to resources, both in the library and online, that will help them complete school assignments.
- Adults have access to print, non-print and online resources that will keep them informed, encourage and support learning, and entertain.
- Community members and organizations have access to meeting rooms and other resources that support community endeavors.
- All of this takes place in a safe, clean and comfortable environment.
Won’t you please consider a tax-deductible gift to the Newport Public Library. Make your check payable to Newport Public Library and send it in. Thank you!
Newport Public Library
300 Spring Street
Newport, RI 02840