Robert Beverly Hale Library
2601 Commodore Perry Hwy
ROBERT BEVERLY HALE LIBRARY HOURS ARE THE SAME ALL YEAR.
DIRECTIONS TO ROBERT BEVERLY HALE LIBRARY
FROM POINTS NORTH:
Take Route 95 South to Route 4. Follow Route 4 till it joins Route 1 South. Continue on Route 1 South. Some exits you will pass by include Wakefield, Narragansett, Jerry Brown Farm, and Snug Harbor. After the Snug Harbor exit, stay in the right lane. Watch for the Route 110 exit. Shortly BEFORE that exit, you will see the library logo sign and the parking lot. Turn in there. (If you miss it, take the next left lane exit off the highway and turn around.)
FROM CONNECTICUT AND POINTS SOUTH:
Take 95 North to exit 92 in Connecticut. At bottom of ramp, turn right onto Route 2 South. In about 2 miles, go right onto Route 78 (Westerly Bypass). This will end at Route 1. Turn left onto Route 1 North. After about 15 miles, look for Matunuck Beach Road Exit. Do not take this exit, but get into left lane and take the next one (unnamed) to get onto Route 1 South. You will need to cross over to the breakdown lane and you will see the library entrance just ahead.
FROM WESTERN RHODE ISLAND:
Take Route 138 East to Route 110. Turn right onto Route 110 and follow it all the way to the end. This puts you on Route 1 South. You will need to get in left lane and exit so you are traveling on Route 1 north. Watch for Matunuck Beach Road Exit. Do not take this exit, but get into left land and take the next one (unnamed) to get onto Route 1 South. You will need to cross over to the breakdown lane and you will see the library entrance just ahead.
HISTORY OF THE ROBERT BEVERLY HALE LIBRARY BUILDING
Robert Beverly Hale Branch (1896)
This library which serves the Matunuck and Perryville area in South Kingstown was dedicated to the memory of Robert Beverly Hale. Hale, who died at an early age, was the son of Edward Everett Hale, a Unitarian minister, writer, and author of The Man Without a Country. The building is a one-story clapboard shingled structure, with a stone-and-brick chimney and granite foundation. There is a central entry with a semi-elliptical fanlight and sidelights. The main reading room has a fireplace and a handsome bay window with a view of the surrounding woods. In 1930, the Perkins Memorial Wing was added on the west which provided a children's room that is still in use today. The Caroline P. Atkinson Memorial Wing was added in 1952 on the east. The library underwent an extensive renovation in 1991 which included a small two-story addition at the rear of the building for a staff office/workroom and storage space in the basement.
Source: Historical and Architectural Resources of South Kingstown, Rhode Island: A Preliminary Report, published in 1984 by the Rhode Island Historical Preservation Commission.