The Middletown Public Library seeks to improve and enrich lives through information, education and recreation. The Library serves the community by providing clean and inviting surroundings, well-organized and up-to-date collections, access to state-of-the-art technology, friendly professional service and well-trained staff who are committed to excellence.
The Library will maintain its status as an exemplary provider of services that encourage the free flow of ideas to inform, educate, enrich, and entertain its patrons.
The Library is open seven days a week, a total of sixty one hours, from September to May and six days per week during the summer. Services include free use of the meeting room by community groups and non-profits, free Wi-Fi, free scanning to email, free access to computers, free personal income tax preparation by trained preparers, art exhibits, professional quality black ink and color printing, instructional workshops including 3D design and printing, programming for all ages groups, access to the Friends’ gently used book store and a community garden in the rear of the property. The Library’s collection is comprised of 76,000 books, periodicals, digital resources, and miscellaneous circulating equipment. Cardholders also have direct access to the 4.4 million items held in other Rhode Island public libraries through the Library’s membership in the Ocean State Libraries network. Staff mediated interlibrary loan service provides additional access to the holdings of over 40,000 libraries worldwide.
Library use has increased steadily in the last five years. Respondents to the 2015 community survey indicated that they primarily use the Library and its website regularly for access to technology and to borrow materials, both print and digital. One patron noted that the Library is an extension of home. As such, the Middletown Public Library is an invaluable asset to the Town and has earned a high standing as a vibrant part of the community.