IYRS Maritime Library
The Edward W. Kane and James Gubelmann IYRS Maritime Library is open to the public and is the only library of its kind in the state of Rhode Island. The library’s collection includes books, materials, and artifacts related to the maritime heritage of Rhode Island, with a focus on Newport, Aquidneck Island, and Narragansett Bay. These are held in a circulating collection of books as well as in an archive of rare books, printed matter, photographs, film, and other A/V and digital resources.
Visitors and patrons can view many of the artifacts, which include ship models, marine paintings, nautical fittings, photographs, and historic yachting trophies, on display in the library.
The handsome reading room that houses the IYRS Maritime Library collection is located on the fourth floor of the John Mecray Aquidneck Mill Building which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The library overlooks the IYRS campus and the Newport waterfront.
Circulating items may be borrowed by IYRS students, faculty and staff. The public is welcome to visit, read, and research during open hours or by appointment.
Newly expanded evening hours!
September 1 to June 1: Tuesday - 5-7 pm & Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 12 pm to 7 pm
June 1 to September 1: Thursday, Friday, Saturday – 12 pm to 5 pm
Other hours by appointment 401.848.5777 x221 or email librarian Anne Benson.
Visit the IYRS Maritime Library
John Mecray Aquidneck Mill Building - 4th Floor (accessible by elevator from the building lobby)
449 Thames St.
Newport, RI 02840