Non-Public Textbooks

Portsmouth residents who have children in grades K-12 attending non-public schools may request textbooks to loan through the Portsmouth School Department in mathematics, science, foreign language, history and language arts.  To make this request, please follow the steps below to ensure you obtain the textbooks your student(s) need in a timely manner. Please note - All textbooks currently on loan for the 2021-2022 school year must be returned before requests for additional texts can be placed for the 2022-2023 school year.  Damaged or lost textbooks must be paid for prior to ordering new textbooks. 

Please note, the deadline for ordering textbooks is July 1, 2022.  Requests received after the deadline will not be filled (there will be no exceptions). Any textbooks which are purchased by residents on their own will not be reimbursed. Please plan accordingly.


Step 1 – Verify the textbook(s) you are requesting are approved 
Visit the Rhode Island Department of Education website and enter in the information for each textbook.  Only textbooks that are approved by the Rhode Island Department of Education qualify for this program.

Step 2 – Submit your textbook(s) request
Click here (link will be deactivated after July 1) to enter in your textbook requests.  The textbook title, author, publisher, copyright date, and ISBN number MUST be entered for each textbook.

Step 3 – Provide proof of residency
Two proofs of residency must be presented to the Administration Building (29 Middle Rd) before your requested textbooks are ordered.  One form from each list below specifying the parent/guardian’s residency/address is required:

      LIST A
      Portsmouth Property Tax Bill
      Government Housing Letter
      Copy of Lease/Rental Agreement
      Notarized Letter attached to Property Tax Bill
      from Portsmouth Resident verifying residency of occupant

      LIST B

      Current Utility Bill (Home Telephone, Oil, Cable, Water, Electric
      or Gas)
     *Cell phone bill is NOT Acceptable

Step 4 – Pick up your textbook(s)
Textbooks may be picked up during the month of August from the Administration Building (29 Middle Rd) between 8am- 4pm.  Any questions regarding the Non-Public Textbook Program should be directed to Tracy Lima at 401-683-1039 ext. 0