Get a Library Card


  1. To obtain a card you will need to show a valid picture ID from a city, state, or government agency such as a driver’s license, military ID, or a passport.
  2. A second piece of identification establishing residency by showing your current address will also be needed. Acceptable documents include a current utility bill, voter’s registration card, vehicle insurance card, or even your checks if they include your current address.
  3. Non-residents who own property within the city limits need to provide a current tax bill for that property.
Who can get a card?
This library is locally funded by property taxes paid by persons who own property within the city limits. If you live within city limits or own real estate in the city, your taxes support the library and a card will be issued at no charge. In order to borrow materials from the Library, users must register for a borrower card. Library cards will be issued for one year and, if not renewed, will expire on the anniversary of the registration date. Cards which are free of fines and have not been used for a period of two years will be purged from the database.
        Patron Types:
  • Adult:  Patrons aged 14 or older.
  • Juvenile:  Patrons under the age of 13. A parental signature is required to obtain a library card. A parental signature is also required to have DVD, video and video game borrowing privileges.
  • Non-Resident:  Non-residents may obtain a Local Use Only library card upon payment of a $25.00 non-resident fee. This fee is an annual charge. Non-residents must present a photo ID printed with their permanent address.  Non-residents may also purchase an Ocean State Libraries card to use state-wide for a fee of $115.
Lost Cards

Library users who have lost their card may apply for a new one by showing valid identification and paying a non-refundable $1.00 replacement charge; minors also must be accompanied by the parent or guardian listed as the responsible adult on the minor's card record.  If a parent or guardian wishes to cancel a minor's card they must be listed as the responsible adult on the minor's card record.

If the first card is later found, it must be destroyed or returned to the Library for reactivation with valid identification.  Patrons should report lost or stolen cards as soon as possible; Library users are responsible for all materials checked out on their card up to the time that they report the card lost.