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Building Updates

Built in 1887, George Hail Library is a beautiful, historical building that continues to be a focal point on the Warren, RI skyline and an invaluable resource for our patrons and community. The library staff and Board of Trustees work hard to maintain the site and preserve its integrity while keeping its facilities updated and accessible for the Warren community.

If you are interested in investing in the future of our library, please make a donation either online using the link below or write a check to “George Hail Free Library” and drop it off.

George Hail ADA Compliance Updates

As an older building it is a difficult to meet the new ADA compliance standards mandated by the federal government.  When the George Hail Library was built back in 1887 nobody had handicap accessibility in mind.  Now though over 135 years later we are adapting to these new changes to enhance our services to the public.

We've already taken a few small steps by bringing all of our circulating collection to the main floor and adding new handicap signage.  With the acceptance by our local historical commission, we are now taking on the need for handicap restrooms and an entrance on Croade St. with a new ramp from the parking lot.  We are fortunate to have hired an architectural consultant from Haynes / de Boeur, Corrie de Boeur* who was recommended by Roberta Randall from the Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission  (HPHC) of Rhode Island.  

This project is slated to begin in August 2024 and will take two to three months to complete.  During this time the downstairs portion of the library will be closed to public as well as our restrooms.  We will be open upstairs and continue to provide services to our patrons.  If you are unable to access the upstairs, please call the library at 401-245-7686 and we will be happy to assist you.

*Visit the Providence Preservation Society's website to see some of Haynes /de Boeur's previous work.  

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