Frequently Asked Questions - Borrowing from the library

FAQs related to borrowing items from the library

Yes, the library currently has two Notaries Public on staff at the Reference Desk. Please call ahead to make sure that one will be available for you. There is no fee for the service. However, patrons are limited to five items notarized per person per day.

Overdue Fines Rates:

Books, magazines, and CDs $.20 per day
DVD and Videos $1.00 per day
Maximum fine on a book, magazine or CD is $6.00
Maximum fine on a DVD or video is $10.00
Lost items will be assessed at full replacement value plus a processing fee.

If a patron's fines are above $5.00 or there are lost materials on the card, they may not check out any materials or have use of the library's computers.

During normal business hours, please return items on the counter on the side of the Circulation Desk. You do not need to wait in line to return your items.

If the library is closed, you may return most items in the Book Drop in the front of the building near the flagpole. Please do not place DVDs, CDs or videos in the Book Drop as this may damage them and you will be responsible for the cost of replacing them.

You may return books from this library to any other library which is part of the Ocean State Libraries network and you may return other Ocean State Libraries books here.

You must return DVDs and videos to the library from which you borrowed them.

Library materials may be checked out for the following number of days:

New Fiction and Nonfiction may be checked out for 21 days (three weeks) with no renewals. There is a limit of three new titles per patron.

All other books may be checked out for 21 days (three weeks) with one renewal if the item has no reserves. There is no limit on the number of books a patron may take out.

Magazines and CDs may be checked out for 21 days (three weeks). There is a limit of three magazines and CDs checked out to a patron at a time.

Patrons may check out up to three videos and three DVDs at a time. Videos and DVDs are checked out for seven days (one week) with no renewal.

Puppets and Toys from the Children's Room are limited to three items per patron. Puppets and toys may be checked out for seven days (one week).

Literacy Help Materials are limited to three items per patron. They may be checked out for 21 days (three weeks).

You may renew an item one time provided the item is not on reserve for another person, and it is not identified on the front cover as a "new" item.

You may renew in person or by phone. To renew by phone, you must have your Ocean State Libraries card number available when you call. Please call either the Circulation Desk at 401-769-9044, or the Ocean State Libraries Item Renewal Hotline at 401-736-0965. This hotline is available 24 hours a day. You may also click on the link MY ACCOUNT, log in using your library card number and renew your items.

You may pay fines or fees by either mailing a check to the library as specified on the letter the library sent you, you may pay the fines in person at the library by cash or check, or you may click on the pay fines and fees link on the website or on one of the public access computers in the library and pay with your credit card.