Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the frequently asked questions section of our website. Please click on a topic in the list below.

Borrowing from the library

FAQs related to borrowing items from the library

You may apply for a library card by visiting the circulation desk, or by clicking on the "Create an Account" in the drop down menu under My Account on You must be a resident of the state, work in or go to school in RI in order to receive a library card. Self-registration on the website allows you to place holds on items but you must bring in valid identification in order to get a library card and check out the materials.

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, or you may log in to your library account at, click on the pay fines and fees link, and pay with your credit card.

You may renew the items you have checked out by visiting the library, calling the circulation desk at the library, or reviewing your account online at and clicking on the items you have checked out that you wish to enew.

Registering for a program or event

FAQs related to registering for a program or event

Due to available space, program registration is essential. Please click on the Calendar tab on our home page to sign up online or call the Library to register for the programs.

Tutoring at the Library

FAQs related to tutoring at the library.

Tutoring is an activity that relates to the Library's role as an educational support center and the Library tries to accommodate all tutoring sessions. However, the Library must also facilitate a quiet atmosphere for reflective study in the main part of the Library for those not engaged in a tutor/student session.  

Two Quiet Study Rooms and The Book Nook are available on a first come-first served basis.  The Quiet Study Rooms may also be reserved in advance by calling the reference desk at the Library at 683-9457.  The Library invites tutors and their students to use the Mello Program Room when it is not in use for Library sponsored programs. Tables and chairs are available for your comfort, but should be returned to their previous arrangement when the tutoring session is over. The Program Room is large and can be used by several tutors and students at the same time.  Library staff must be consulted to use the Mello Program Room, and they will determine if the room is available for tutor’s use. The Library reserves the right to ask tutors who are disruptive to other patrons to leave the library.

Using a meeting room

FAQs related to using a meeting room at the library

The Library’s meeting rooms are available for reservation for cultural, educational or enrichment type of programs or events. Meetings held at the Library are scheduled only during regular Library hours and are open to the public. Please click on About Us for more information.

Using technology at the library

FAQs related to using technology at the library

The public computers allow patrons to access the Internet and to use a number of Microsoft Office programs. While there is usually no time limit on computer use, during times of high demand an hour time limit may be enforced.

The two Quiet Study rooms offer patrons a space to enjoy solitude while using a public access computer. A Quiet Study room may be scheduled in advance by calling the Library Reference desk. Rooms may be reserved for 4 hours at a time.