Library History


Weaver Memorial Library

  • Opened 1938
  • Addition added 1991
  • Renovated 2009-2010

In 1871 Mrs. Rhoda Bassett, with her friend Mrs. Susan M. Weaver interested a group of friends to form the Ladies Social Union, to establish a library in the village of Watchemocket.  By 1876 their fund raising activities produced enough money to start a circulating library with 1,000 books (E.P. Post 10/30/1969)

The Library was successful but mobile, moving five times until 1938. It found a permanent home in the present building on Grove Avenue thanks to the generous bequest of Mrs. Susan Weaver.  In 1963 the Children’s Room was opened. A major addition in 1991, and the renovations in 2009 and 2010 have resulted in the popular resource center the library is today.


Riverside Library Branch

  • A library in Riverside was established in 1881 at St Mark’s Church.
  • The Riverside Free Public Library Association was incorporated in 1884.
  • In 1894 a library building was constructed on Lincoln Avenue.
  • Riverside Library branch was later located on Pawtucket Avenue in the city’s Recreation Center building at 100 Bullocks Point Ave.
  • In 2005 construction was completed on a new building at 475 Bullocks Point Ave.

Our Heritage:  A History of East Providence   see p. 77, 126-127, p. 146


Fuller Creative Learning Center

260 Dover Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914

Fuller Branch

  • Opened 1926 at 19 Hawthorne Ave. in the home of Arthur Fuller in memory of his wife Anne Ide Fuller
  • Also known as Anne Fuller Brightridge Library when located on Brightridge Ave.
  • 1970 Relocated to Dover Avenue building as the Anne Ide Fuller Branch
  • 2012 CLOSED
  • 2016 Reopened as the Fuller Creative Learning Center



Rumford Library Branch 1905-2012  (CLOSED)

1392 Pawtucket Avenue
Rumford, RI 02916

Rumford Branch

Here is a link to a Providence Journal article (from 10/27/2005) regarding the 100th anniversary of the Rumford Library.

  • The Pawtucket Avenue library building was constructed in 1905.
  • The building now a private residence.  Check out the 2014 transformation.