Our Story

The Willett Free Library is an independent nonprofit organization, the Saunderstown Library Association, operating as an independent library open to the public in Rhode Island. The Saunderstown Library Association was established in 1885 and the library has occupied its current location since 1903. It is a member of the Ocean State Libraries consortium. The public is welcome at the Willett Free Library. Valid OSL library card holders may borrow materials from the Willett collection or request items available through OSL’s statewide consortium. For further information about borrowing policies, including loan periods, fines and fees, please consult the Info page on our website.

The Willett Free Library is the smallest library in Rhode Island. In a charming, three-room building, fully renovated in 2013, the library offers an extensive collection of books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs and magazines for adults and a fine collection of children’s books, audiobooks, and DVDs. The library has  four personal computers for public use, a catalog computer, and free wi-fi. Faxing and scanning are available for free, and copying is available for a small user fee.

The Willett Free Library provides many free, handicapped-accessible programs for the public, including children’s programs, movies for all ages, story times, special classes such as guitar instruction and introductory Italian, and book discussions. Please consult the Events tab on our website or contact the library to learn more.