Providence Public Library Cards

Borrower Info

Providence Public Library is a member of the statewide Ocean State Libraries (OSL), formerly CLAN, which links over 70 public libraries in Rhode Island.

Ocean State Libraries

OSL cards may be used at other Ocean State Libraries libraries to borrow materials. You are responsible for your OSL card and it is not transferable.

LIBRARY POLICIES may vary at each OSL library. Members of Ocean State Libraries reserve the right to deny check-out privileges to anyone who has overdue library material from any OSL library, or owes fines of more than $5 at any OSL library. Each library may also determine charges for lost or damaged material. Lost cards will be replaced for $1. You should inquire about specific circulation policies when using a different library.

Borrowing Policies

You may borrow up to 99 Providence Public Library items at one time. All 3-week loans may be renewed once. Renew in person, online through your account, by calling 401-455-8000, or our automated system at 401-736-0965 or 1-800-359-3090.

Borrowing Policy Table

Maximum fine on books is $6 and on DVDs is $10. Fees for lost items is dependent on the cost for the item.
Temporary cards: Borrowing limit is 2 items.

All materials (except WiFi hotspots) may be returned to any Ocean State Libraries library.

Providence Public Library disclaims responsibility for damages incurred to the borrower’s equipment from use with the Library’s audio-visual materials.

Create/Reset Your Pin

To maintain the privacy and security of patron information, personal identification numbers (PINs) are required to access your library account online. Your PIN is a number you choose that contains between 4 and 8 digits. Log into your online account ( to create a PIN. You may also reset your PIN there.