Union Public Library Association

The Union Public Library Association (UPLA) is an all volunteer 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to providing a reading room and library service at the Union Public Library located at or near its 3832 Main Road location in the historic Tiverton Four Corners District. This has been accomplished almost continuously since 1820. In 1923, Union Public Library registered as a non-business corporation with the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations “for the purpose of conducting a public library and for any other literary and educational purposes,” as stated in the original Articles of Incoporation. Upkeep of the historic structure is financed by the Association with funds raised through donations, in-kind services from volunteers, and its annual book, bake and yard sale.

The sale, a popular community event held on the Chace-Cory House grounds, draws people from all over New England each year to make selections from the many excellent books that have been donated by residents and other organizations. The annual sale is the primary source of revenue for the Union Public Library Association. While most of proceeds of the annual sale are used to maintain and improve the building and grounds, funds are also used to add new materials and equipment to Union Public Library. Because UPLA is a recognized 501 (c) (3) organization, all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Memorial and honorary donations and bequests are gratefully accepted.

The Union Public Library Association has a Constitution and By-laws and is governed by a Board of Directors, elected from the membership, which serves without remuneration. Annual membership is five dollars. Members of UPLA actively support and promote library services in Tiverton.

Volunteers, coordinated by UPLA, provide support staffing during hours of operation by serving as assistants to the paid Tiverton Library Services staff member. They complete a variety of tasks and projects at the direction of the staff member. Volunteers and friends also help with seasonal decorating, gardening, baking, book sale preparations and more throughout the year.

Tiverton Library Services provides professional staffing (10 hours per week), access to the state-wide lending system, technology support, Wi-Fi and internet access. Equipment and new materials are also provided. The partnership that exists between Tiverton Library Services and Union Public Library Association is mutually beneficial, extending the availability of library services and volunteer opportunities to a greater number of area residents while preserving a part of Tiverton’s rich cultural and historic heritage for all.

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November 23, 2017, 2:44 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! Today and every day, we are grateful for our local library - a warm, cozy haven filled with knowledge and adventure. We are thankful to the generations past and present who have ... See more

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November 20, 2017, 4:01 pm

Children ages 3-5 are invited to Storytime at Union Public Library at 10:30 on Tuesdays December 5 & 12 and January 2 & 9. It's a free, fun morning out where pre-schoolers can enjoy a story and age ... See more

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November 14, 2017, 6:16 pm
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Come in and warm up, browse our collection and enjoy a cup of tea and some scrumptious treats , today between 2:00 & 4:00 pm. We're looking forward to your company! Many thanks to Provender Fine ... See more

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November 13, 2017, 6:18 pm

Union Public Library's classic card catalog has found a new life as a storage center for the library's collection of music CD's. Check them out, literally and/or figuratively, and enjoy a spot of ... See more

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