Research & Resources

Find the answers you need with these library and information resources. Use the following links to do research, learn about using the Internet, get help with homework, find out what to read next, and more.

Digital Books & Materials - Check out books and download them to your computer.

Find It On The Web - Get help finding the information you need. Try these links to locate websites, research a topic, or improve your surfing skills. - Providence Public Library's Digital Repository.  Explore digital images of Rhode Island's many treasures. 

Readers' Resources - Click here for bestseller lists, award-winners, author events, and help finding books to read.

Reference Collections - The Library has a number of Special and Reference Collections, available to historians, researchers and students.

Research Databases - A world of information awaits you! Use our online databases to find articles, do investment research, take practice tests, even learn a language.

Special Collections - Learn about the Library's unique resources, and how you can access them - in library or online, whether for research or personal interest.

Online Exhibitions & Image Collections - Explore our online exhibitions and image collections.

Ask a Librarian - If you can't find what you are looking for or have any questions, please contact our professional librarians at the Reference Desk by:

  • Calling (401) 455-8005 for reference help during library hours.
  • Emailing us through Ask a Librarian
  • Visiting us in person on Level 1.