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THINK AGAIN | Building Transformation

What You Need to Know!

Our THINK AGAIN building renovation is well underway and expected to last 12—18 months. At this time, we anticipate a spring 2020 reopening. During this time, we will provide news and updates in various ways, including periodic e-newsletters.

WAYS TO STAY INFORMED:

  • Throughout our renovation, look for general updates on this page.
  • Call us at 455-8000! We will post quick renovation updates on our Renovation Update Line. Press #8.
  • Opt for automated text alerts on your phone. Opt in by texting PPLAlerts to 401-298-2013. (Note: Standard text message charges may apply.)

CLOSURE NOTICE

The Library will be closed as follows during the upcoming weeks:

  • Monday, November 18 - Closed at 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 21 - Closed at 2:30 pm
  • Saturday, November 23 - Closed at 1:00 pm
  • Friday, November 29 - Closed
  • Friday, December 20 - Closed at 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, December 24 - Closed at 12:30 pm
  • Wednesday, December 25 through Sunday, January 5, 2020

Beginning Monday, January 6, 2020, the Library will be open with a reduced schedule on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 8:30 pm.

Should you want to look into canceling or changing your hold pick-up location during these dates, please speak with a staff member.

Fines will not be incurred due to the Library being closed.  During our renovation, any items that are due while the Library is closed will be extended until the Library reopens. If you have any issues returning items, please speak with someone at our main desk and we will take care of any overdue fines.

OUR BOOKS ARE BACK!

  • Out adult fiction and nonfiction are now available to fill holds. DVDs, music CDs, children’s, and teen materials in storage will remain unavailable until a later date.
  • Please use the catalog (http://encore.oslri.net) to find and request items. Our staff will pull items daily to fill online requests.

TO STAY ABREAST of more news and updates, opt for automated text alerts on your phone. Opt in by texting PPLAlerts to 401-298-2013. (Note: Standard text message charges may apply.)

THE 150 EMPIRE STREET BUILDING IS CLOSED; BUT THE LIBRARY CONTINUES TO OFFER LIMITED SERVICES - COME TO OUR WASHINGTON ST ENTRANCE

  • Library services are offered primarily in the Providence Journal Rhode Island Room (accessible from Washington Street), where there is also a small and growing collection of high-demand and new materials.
  • You may access the Library for limited services and to pick up holds via Washington Street. Any outstanding PPL materials can still be returned to other OSL libraries.
  • Access to computers continues in the Rhode Island Room; you will notice some changes.
  • Information Services will continue throughout the renovation; PPL librarians will continue to answer questions in person, by phone, and by email. Access to online resources at ProvLib.org and ProvLibDigital.org will continue unaffected.
  • PPL Learning Lounge and Computer Classes will take place in the Garden Courtyard. General public access to this space will be limited.
  • Some scheduled programs and special events will continue at PPL during the renovation in the Library’s 1900 spaces (with access at 225 Washington Street), including some teen programs and monthly meetings.  Children’s story times will resume on September 18. See details below.
  • Our Book Drop on Empire St. is now unavailable. Please bring materials for return in to our check-out desk in the Rhode Island Room. Materials may also be returned to any Providence Community Library branch...closest are Knight Memorial (275 Elmwood Ave.), Fox Point (90 Ives St.), and Smith Hill (31 Candace St.).

EXPANDED HOURS

PPL's hours have been expanded and will remain in place until further notice. Current hours are as follows:

Monday - 12:30 - 8:30 pm
Tuesday, Thursday - 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday - 9:30 am - 8:30 pm
Friday - 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday - 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Due to and throughout the renovation, the Library will be closed on Sundays.
Due to unavoidable disruptions at various stages of the renovation, there may be hours or days when the Library will be closed.
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ITEMS REQUESTED FROM OTHER LIBRARIES CAN STILL BE PICKED UP AT PPL

Access to materials from other libraries, including interlibrary loan requests, will continue. We will continue to receive daily delivery of items requested from other libraries, which can be picked up at PPL. If you have a specific need for items that are in storage, please speak with a librarian for assistance with interlibrary loan.

SECOND, THIRD & FIFTH FLOORS ARE CLOSED

Access is currently limited to Level One and Garden Courtyard in our original building, including restrooms.

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS HAVE REOPENED

Special Collections materials have been relocated to their new and improved spaces and are now available. To set up appointments, please contact us at special_collections@provlib.org.

JOIN US FOR A LIBRARY BUILDING TOUR

Tour the Library — Take a historic/architectural tour of our original 1900 building, and also get a sneak peek into our ongoing renovation.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS WILL CONTINUE AT THE LIBRARY & OTHER LOCATIONS

These include the Learning Lounge, technology classes, story times, and more. We are pleased to announce the following programs and partner locations:

In addition to primary services in the Providence Journal Rhode Island Room, and Learning Lounge activities and some classes taking place in the Ship Room and Garden Courtyard (in the Library’s original building), a number of library programs are continuing in partner locations throughout the city and beyond, including:

Library programs, including weekly Baby Steps for Infants, Cradle to Crayons Story times and Family Learning Sundays, which will be held at Grace Episcopal Church in Providence at 300 Westminster St. beginning September 18.Please access all sessions through the CHAPEL STREET door.  If you are in front of the church at 300 Westminster St., proceed to rear of the building by going around the corner to the rear door on Chapel Street. PPL staff will unlock the door at the start of each session so please be on time. After 30 minutes, staff will not be available until the start of the next session.  All sessions are held on the 2nd floor and strollers must be left on the ground level. These sessions are not handicapped accessible.

PVD Young Makers Open Studio is back for the summer! Join us Wednesdays from 2 - 5 pm in our Garden Courtyard: June 26, July 3, July 10, July 24
Rhode Coders and Data Navigators programs, which have been running at Cranston Public Library and Roger Williams University, 1 Empire St., Providence, respectively, and weekly Essential Excel - Free Foundational MS Excel Skills Classes at Roger Williams University, 1 Empire St., Providence.
PPL monthly History Hijinks and Brown Bag Book Clubs at Regency Plaza Apartments, One Regency Plaza, Providence.

ALL EVENTS SCHEDULED THROUGH MORIN CATERING & EVENTS WILL CONTINUE

Events and library rentals of spaces in our 1900 building scheduled through Russell Morin Catering & Events will continue throughout the renovation.

PUBLIC NOTICE

PPL was proud to receive an Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of our THINK AGAIN renovation. As part of our grant terms, and in keeping with our mission as a community-focused organization, we welcome any and all public feedback on our project. Please see the attached notice for more information on how to submit your comments.
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OUR TRANSFORMATION WILL ONLY BE POSSIBLE WITH YOUR SUPPORT

For information on how to donate to PPL's THINK AGAIN Capital Campaign, contact Erica Busillo Adams at 401-455-8073 or ebusilloadams@provlib.org.

OR MAKE A DONATION TODAY

Select THINK AGAIN CAPITAL CAMPAIGN from the options at the link below.