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

Your OSL card can be used at all OSL member libraries. 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

Item Max # Loan Period (Weeks) Renewals Overdue Fines per Day
Audiobooks 5 3 2 $0.10
Books 5 per subject 3 2 $0.10
CDs 10 3 2 $0.10
DVDs 10 1 (3 weeks for series) 0 $1.00
eBooks unlimited varies n/a n/a
LARK Kits 1 1 1 n/a
Music Scores 10 3 2 $0.10
WiFi Devices 1 1 (see policy below) 0 $1.00

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.

Maximum fine on books is $6 and on DVDs is $10. Fees for lost items are 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.