Library Hours & Services

PPL has reopened with modified hours and services; limitation on the number of people allowed into the building.

We take our responsibility to keep our staff and patrons safe very seriously.  PPL is following all state recommendations and screens each employee at the beginning of their shift for COVID-19 symptoms.  Staff and patrons are required to wear a face covering while in the building and to observe social distancing at all times.  The Library is also cleaning all high-touch surfaces per state guidelines.  Thank you for doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19! 
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Beginning August 24

  • Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM
    • Monday -- Contactless pick-ups ONLY
    • Tuesday to Friday -- Open to the public with limited services as outlined below

In-Library Services

  • Pick up holds
  • In-person requests of items in our stacks
  • Return library items to outside or inside book drop (outside book drop is open Tuesday through Friday)
  • Browse new material displays and DVDS
  • Use self-checkout to borrow material
  • Printing by mail and basic self-serve copying (send documents to be printed to )
  • Research with RI Index and Microfilm, by appointment. Arrange appointments by emailing Sessions are limited to two hours at a time, during the hours when the Library is open. Call 455-8000 upon arrival.
  • Information assistance, if needed
  • Beginning August 26, access to computers/internet (patrons are encouraged to call ahead to make an appointment - 455-8000); express station available for walk-ins

Continuing Virtual Services

What to Expect

  • Total of eight (8) patrons allowed at a time in the ground floor Lobby space ONLY; enter through 150 Empire Street doors
  • Patrons are required to wear masks and practice social distancing while inside
  • All materials must be returned in the book returns
  • Paths will be marked
  • Two (2) unisex bathrooms are available to the public
  • Water fountains and bottle filler are not available at this time
  • Hand sanitizer stations are available in the Lobby
  • Tables and meeting rooms are unavailable
  • No sitting or congregating in the Library at this time
  • We are not accepting any book donations at this time