OSL and its member libraries are acting quickly and decisively to both protect their communities and to maintain digital library services during this challenging time. We will continue to update this page with information as soon as it becomes available. Keep in mind that new information is being released daily. Visit OSL and its member library websites for the latest news. Thank you for your patience and for your support.
Updates as of March 28, 2020:
- The Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island Office of Library & Information Services have recommended that all public library buildings close through April 3.
- Statewide delivery has been canceled until further notice.
Many libraries are providing virtual services while their buildings are closed. Check the list of members libraries for websites and email addresses.
We look forward to returning to normal once this public health crisis passes. Until then, be well!
– The OSL Team
What You Need to Know
While public library buildings are closed:
- Visit your library online. All Rhode Island public libraries have a variety of digital resources and services. Many are even offering digital library programs! See the list of OSL member libraries for websites and contact information.
- Please do not return your library materials. We are extending due dates, and any fines associated with the COVID-19 outbreak will be forgiven.
- We welcome new library users! Apply for your library card online. You may also renew your card online. Your library card will grant you access to statewide digital resources include ebooks and digital audiobooks in our eZone and more.
- We are here to help. Check with your library first. If you can’t reach them, feel free to connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We anticipate a high volume of emails and calls during this time, and we appreciate your patience as there may be a delay in our response to you.
- Holds are temporarily suspended. Since library buildings are closed and delivery is canceled, it is no longer possible to place items on hold. If you already have items on hold, they should be there for you when library buildings reopen.
You may also visit the Office of Library & Information Services site to learn more about statewide digital library services and resources that you can use while the public libraries are closed. They are developing a collection of online resources for students and families to help all Rhode Islanders meet their learning and recreational needs from home.
In addition, the K12 school library community (RILINK) has prepared a resource guide to digital learning resources and activities.
Information about COVID-19
Library patrons are encouraged to visit the Rhode Island Department of Health website for authoritative and up-to-date information and recommendations on COVID-19.
You may also visit the Office of Library & Information Services website. They have gathered resources for the libraries and for the public during this crisis.
Caution: There are many sites posting false or misleading information, and there are those that are trying to take advantage of people during this crisis. Be wary of what you read online and of “too good to be true” offerings of magic pills or of items that are out of stock in your local stores.