Borrower Info

Providence Public Library is a member of the statewide Ocean State Libraries (OSL), formerly CLAN, which links more than 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)
Books n/a 3 2 $0.10
Periodicals 10 3 2 n/a
Music Scores 10 3 2 $0.10
Books on CDs 5 3 2 $0.10
LARK Kits 1 1 0 n/a
Music CDs 10 3 2 $0.10
DVDs (movies, documentaries, TV series) 10 1 for movies and documentaries / 3 for TV series 0 $1.00
WiFi Devices* (must be returned to the library it was borrowed from) 1 3 1 (see Mobile WiFi Lending Policy) $1.00

You may borrow up to 99 items at one time. Renew in person, online through your account, by calling 401-455-8000.

Maximum overdue fines on books is $6 and on DVDs is $10. Children’s and Teen’s material at PPL do not carry overdue fines. Patrons will be charged the replacement cost for lost or damaged items.
All materials 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.