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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Our current open hours are:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm
  • Wednesday, 12 - 7 pm
  • Sunday, CLOSED

Onsite Services

  • Pick up holds (curbside pickup also available by appointment; call 455-8000)
  • In-person requests of items in our stacks
  • Outside book drop is open 24/7
  • New material displays and DVDs for browsing
  • Self-checkout
  • Computers are available for 1-hour sessions. Call 455-8000 to make an appointment. 15-minute express station available for walk-ins.
  • Printing, copying, and scanning. Free up to 15 pages.
  • Research with RI Index and Microfilm, by appointment. Make an appointment by emailing Sessions are limited to two hours at a time, during the hours when the Library is open.
  • Beginning April 5, Study Rooms are available by appointment (one large for up to 2 persons and two small for one person; limited to quiet study and work).  Call 455-8000 or email to make an appointment. Sessions are limited to two hours at a time, during the hours when the Library is open. 
  • Beginning April 5, the Children's Library will be available for browsing by appointment (15-minutes) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm. To schedule an appointment, call Bonnie at 455-8025  or 455-8031, or email Appointments are limited to one household at a time.

Continuing Virtual Services

  • Phone, chat, and email reference available during the library's open hours.
  • Virtual Research Visits with Special Collections

What to Expect

  • Total of 16 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 NOT available at this time
  • No sitting or congregating in the Library at this time
  • We are not accepting any book donations at this time