Visiting Special Collections

Barring unforseen circumstances, Special Collections is always open during the following hours:

Tuesday, 10am-1pm

Wednesday, 3pm-7pm

But if you can't make it in during those times, don't let that stop you! There's a good chance we'll be available during weekday library hours, and we're happy to make an appointment during other times (including weekends). Just contact us by phone (401.455.8021) or email ( to set up a time.

Special Collections materials do not circulate and may only be used in the reading room. Visitors are asked to provide a government-issued picture ID. Pens are not allowed, but pencils and laptops are, and Wi-Fi is available throughout the Library. And taking photographs is welcomed and encouraged.