Our Story

The Saunderstown Library Association, a nonprofit organization, operates the Willett Free Library as an independent library open to the public for the benefit of all Rhode Islanders.

The Saunderstown Library Association was established in 1885 as the ‘circle for mutual improvement’ 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.

The Willett Free Library is the smallest independent 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 a free wireless network. Faxing and scanning are available for free, and copying is available for a small user fee.

The Willett Free Library provides many programs, all handicapped-accessible, 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.