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Ocean State Libraries Receives Grant to Expand Free “Parking Lot” Wi-Fi at Rhode Island Public Libraries

Contact Information: Ocean State Libraries Stephen Spohn sspohn@oslri.net 401.738.2200 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2020 

Ocean State Libraries Receives Grant to Expand Free “Parking Lot” Wi-Fi at Rhode Island Public Libraries 

Ocean State Libraries (OSL) has been awarded $85,000 to expand external “parking lot” Wi-Fi to public libraries statewide.  The grant comes from the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and the Rhode Island Governor’s “Take It Outside” initiative to expand access to outdoor resources and services to Rhode Islanders.  This generous funding, along with equipment donated from the Information Technology Disaster Resource Center, will be used to expand this service to 40 additional library locations.  OSL recognizes its partnership with OSHEAN which will be essential to this exciting project. 

Due to the pandemic, many public library buildings across the country temporarily closed.  For those who normally relied on public libraries for Internet access and the many others who faced job loss, business closings and other economic tragedies, these closures left them without any reliable means to access the Internet.  People were unable to apply for unemployment, apply for relief funding, search and apply for jobs, and more.  External “parking lot” Wi-Fi will allow library customers to take advantage of broadband Internet access regardless of whether libraries are open or closed, and to do so while safely social distancing.  This provides a valuable service for those who have no or limited Internet service at home, are experiencing a residential[...]

Doors Closed.  Lights On!

Doors Closed. Lights On!

The doors may be closed at some Rhode Island public libraries, but make no mistake, the lights are on!  While we must remain apart, the people at your local library are at your service online.  Tell your neighbors, family and friends! 

MAY 29 UPDATE: The plan to reopen RI libraries has launched!

Until that time when we can all be together again, stay safe and healthy!

 

Online Library Card

Apply for your new library card online today. Whether you're a big library fan or just curious, take a peek at all that your local public library offers you. Libraries, in-person and online, are places for community, for learning, for fun and for you. There's something for everybody!

 

Digital Books and Audiobooks

Feed your love of reading online.  Access more than 100,000 digital books and audiobooks in OSL's eZone.  Now is a great time to read that classic novel you missed in high school, discover the next great author, or try something new.

 

Online Research and Learning

Write your research paper, learn a new language or take an online course to learn a new technology or skill. Dive into this treasure trove of resources made available by our friends at AskRI.  Exciting new offerings include digital magazines from Flipster[...]

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High Demand for Digital Library Services in Rhode Island

Contact Information: Ocean State Libraries Stephen Spohn sspohn@oslri.net 401.738.2200

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 26, 2020

High Demand for Digital Library Services in Rhode Island

Libraries are busier than they’ve ever been right now.

While public library buildings are closed, Rhode Island’s public libraries continue to offer vital 24/7 digital services to their communities.  Through their public libraries and AskRI, public libraries have access to digital books, magazines and newspapers and a wealth of online learning tools.  From the comfort of home, Rhode Island residents have full access to:

125,000+ ebooks and digital audiobooks in Ocean State Libraries’ eZone. Encyclopedias for all ages, including English and Spanish editions in AskRI Millions of full text articles for students and online learners in AskRI. Online learning tools to learn a language or to prepare for a test in AskRI

Access all these resources are more via the Ocean State Libraries website: www.oslri.org.

Library card sign-ups have increased by 167%!  Prior to this crisis, OSL received an average of 9 applications each day.  Since public library buildings closed, this average has grown to 24 applications each day with a recent high of 55 applications on March 23!

Ebook and digital audiobook use has increased by 23%!  Ocean State Libraries’ eZone is seeing a large spike in new users and ebook use.  Comparing[...]

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Ocean State Libraries Responds to COVID-19

Note: Please refer to this page for the most up to date information.

 

Contact Information: Ocean State Libraries Stephen Spohn sspohn@oslri.net 401.738.2200

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 17, 2020

Ocean State Libraries Responds to COVID-19

Rhode Island public libraries are taking steps to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in their communities. Ocean State Libraries and its member libraries are following recommendations from the CDC and the Rhode Island Department of Health to ensure the safety of our communities and our staff and to take appropriate steps to best serve the Rhode Island library community. At present, all Rhode Island public libraries are closed through March 22 and the statewide book delivery system has also been shut down through March 22.

Due dates on all items have been extended to May 1. Expiring library cards have been reset to expire May 1 so that library users can make the most of ebooks and other digital resources and services. Fines on all items that accrue from March 1 through the end of the public health crisis will be waived. Existing holds will be honored. However, the ability to place new holds has been temporarily turned off. The investment in ebooks and digital audiobooks in OSL’s eZone will be expanded so that patrons can continue to enjoy[...]