Public Libraries

Public libraries are wonderful community resources that offer many services to residents for free.  There are over 70 community libraries in RI! Besides borrowing books, you can also borrow tapes, movies, eBooks, and sometimes even tools and toys. Libraries provide free access to computers and the internet, and free classes to help you learn the basics of computers. Many also offer ESL and GED classes for adults, homework help and after school programs for children and teens, and reading activities programs for parents with tots. The resource desk can also help you research a topic or question that interests you.

To apply for a library card, you will need two forms of ID with proof of RI residency and at least one with a photo (such as a driver’s license or RI ID, utility bill, lease, car registration). Visit your local public library and explore what they have to offer.

Providence Community Libraries has a list of branches in Providence.

Providence Public Library is the main branch downtown.

Ocean State Libraries provides statewide online library access.