FAQs

 

Borrowing from the library

Can I apply for a library card online?
Apply for a Library Card online, by mail, or by fax!
Applications may be submitted in the following ways:
    • Through Ocean State Libraries’ secure web site: https://oslri.org/home/application
    • By fax to: (401) 736-8949
    • By mail to: Ocean State Libraries
      Attn: Cardholders Accounts
      300 Centerville Rd, Summit South Suite 103
      Warwick, RI 02886
  • Copies/images of the required forms of identification must accompany the application.
  • Once the application and required documents are received and processed, the library card will be mailed to the address specified by the cardholder.
  • Fax and e-mail applications must be accompanied by a completed Application form available on https://oslri.org/home/application

Once completed and approved you can pick up your card here at the library or have us mail it to you.

OSL Library Card and Borrowing Policies

https://oslri.org/home/about-osl/policies/

How long can I borrow items from the library?

In order to borrow materials, you cannot owe more than $5.00 on your account.

Loan Periods & Late Fees

Material

Loan Period

Maximum per Card

Renewals

Allowed

Holds

Allowed

Overdue

 Fines

Books and Magazines**

3 weeks**

No limit **

2**

Yes **

10¢per day/$6.00 max. per item **

Children’s Kits, Literacy Materials, Kill-A-Watt Meters

3 weeks

Children’s Kits-No limit

Kill-A-Watt Meters- 1

Literacy Materials- No limit

2

No

10¢per day/$6.00 max. per item

Music CDs & Audio Books

3 weeks

5

2

Yes

10¢per day/$6.00 max. per item

Fiction DVDs

1 week

5 *

(see below)

2

Yes

$1 per day/$10 max. per item

Non-Fiction and Series DVDs/Videos

3 weeks

5 *

(see below)

2

Yes

$1 per day/$10 max. per item

Museum Passes

1 day

1 per family, per day

None

You may reserve passes up to one month in advance

$5 per day

Nooks

21 days

1

None

Will hold at Circ Desk for 3 days for pickup only

$5 per day

*5 Total West Warwick DVDs/Videos allowed per library card
**Unless otherwise noted on item.

Please report lost or missing cards promptly as you are responsible for all materials borrowed with your card.

How do I pay fines and fees?

You may pay fines or fees by either mailing a check to the library as specified on the letter the library sent you, you may pay the fines in person at the library branch, or you may click on the pay fines and fees link on your account on the OSL site and pay with your credit card.

What is the library’s policy on lost or damaged books?

Lost Items

Items are considered lost once they are 7 weeks past due, or are reported as lost to the library. When an item is determined to be lost, the patron is fined any overdue charges, and the replacement cost of the item as listed in a standard bibliographic source.

· If a lost item is found and returned to the library after the replacement charges are paid, the
library will refund replacement cost paid. No refunds will be given after 90 days.
· If a lost item is found and returned to the library before the replacement charges are paid, the
patron is only responsible for paying the overdue fines.
· If the item is 2 years or more past due, the replacement cost of the item will remain on the
account, even if the item is returned.
· Replacement copies cannot be accepted in lieu of payment.

Damaged Items

When an item is returned damaged, but may be repaired and returned to the shelf for further circulation, the patron will be fined any overdue charges and a $5.00 fine to cover the library’s cost in repairing the book.

When an item is returned damaged, and the extent of the damage is such that the item cannot be returned to the shelf for further circulation, the patron will be charged any overdue fines, and the replacement cost of the item as listed in a standard bibliographic source.

· The library will keep the item for 90 days regardless of its condition, unless keeping it will
harm the collection or staff by introducing mold or bacteria into the environment. The charge
however, will remain on the patron’s record.
· Replacement copies cannot be accepted in lieu of payment.

How do I pay fines on my Library Card?

There are a couple options for paying your fines.  You may pay in person at the Circulation Desk with cash or check.  (If you are paying for a lost item belonging to another Library it is recommended that you pay online.)  You may pay with a debit or credit card online at http://catalog.oslri.net after logging into your account.

Where can I return materials?

You may return all materials borrowed from the West Warwick Public Library to any OSL library either inside the library during business hours or through the outdoor book drop 24 hours a day.

How do I renew an item?

Renewals are allowed on most library materials.   Items may be renewed two times as long as there are no holds on the item.   Renewals may be done in person at the Circulation desk, over the telephone at 828-3750 ext. 0 (please have your library card number ready), or online at http://catalog.oslri.net  after logging into your account.  For more information about what materials may be renewed please refer to the Policies page.

How do I request an item?

Most circulating materials may be placed on hold.  This includes items that are not owned by the West Warwick Public Library.  Some items have a waiting list so please be patient.  You may place holds with a library staff member either in person or over the phone, or you can place your own holds online at http://catalog.oslri.net .

How do I check out materials?

Bring your materials to the Circulation desk and present your valid OSL library card. Library cards are non-transferable. Patrons are responsible for all materials check out on their library card.

Does the library have an outreach program?

In keeping with its mission to serve all of the community, the West Warwick Public Library recognizes the need to provide outreach services to those who are physically unable to come to the Library. The purpose of this program is to expand the Library’s presence in the community by bringing reading and audio/video materials to the homebound, and provide awareness of resources that are available to them via the Library’s website.

Individuals residing in West Warwick, whose physical or mental condition either permanently or temporarily renders them unable to leave their residence, are eligible to receive delivery of library materials. These patrons may request specific materials or genres to be delivered according to their interest profile. Materials will be delivered by the programs Coordinator every three weeks, in accordance with the Library’s loan period. Reference requests will be taken and guidance on the use of the Library’s website can be provided at the time of the delivery.

All checkouts and return of materials must be completed by the Coordinator. Therefore, patrons who participate in the program are not assessed overdue fines or fees; however, they are financially responsible for lost or damaged materials, as outlined in the Library’s Lost or Damaged Books Policy.

The Coordinator will need to be notified by the patron of changes in their availability at their scheduled delivery time, and another delivery time will be arranged for return and/or delivery of the materials. If the patron is unavailable due to an unforeseen circumstance, the Coordinator will attempt to contact the patron at a later time to schedule another delivery. If the attempt is unsuccessful, the Coordinator will contact an individual of the patrons choosing as listed in their record to obtain the materials and/or deliver new materials.

Should the patron make arrangements for assistance and travel to the Library, their participation in the program will be suspended until they are no longer able to travel to the Library. Participants of the program receive deliveries of library materials with the understanding that their library card will not be active for use inside of the library, unless they choose to suspend or cancel their participation in the program.

Consistent failure to return materials in a timely manner, to keep the Coordinator informed of changes in schedule or contact information, and repeated loss or damage of library materials will result in an interruption of services, or in extreme cases, removal from the program. Suspension and removal from the program will be at the discretion of the Library Director and Coordinator, and will be handled on a case by case basis.

Approved by the Library Board of Directors October 15, 2012
How do I apply for a library card?

HOW TO GET A LIBRARY CARD AT THE WEST WARWICK PUBLIC LIBRARY

Apply in person at the Circulation Desk: 1043 Main Street, West Warwick, RI 02893

401-828-3750

Library Card Registration ID Requirements Policy

Patrons 18 years of age and older:

A valid RI Driver’s License, RI State ID, or RI Driver’s Permit (if address is not current, current address

must be written on the back as provided for on the license).  If you do not have a RI Driver’s License or RI State ID you may provide photo ID along with proof of address.

Children and Young Adults

Patrons under the age of 13 must have a parent/legal guardian accompany them to the library and provide the above mentioned identification on the minor’s behalf.

Patrons ages 13-17 can apply for a library card without a parent/legal guardian if proper identification can be provided. Students ages 14 to 17 do not need photo ID if they can provide proof of their enrollment in a public or private school in Rhode Island (class schedule, transcript, report card, aspen account etc.) Proof of home address must still be provided if not included with school information.

Patrons ages 13-17 may also have a parent/legal guardian accompany them to the library and provide the above mentioned identification on the minor’s behalf.

Current ID and/or address verification may be presented in paper or on a digital device. 

Important Information

  • Your library card is non-transferable, only you will be permitted to check out items on your card. For example, you cannot give your friend your library card to go to the library and check out materials.
  • You are responsible for all materials borrowed on your library card from the time they are checked out until they are checked in. Please read our lost and damaged books policy for more information.
  • Always bring your library card with you when you visit the library, you will need it to check out materials and access the computers.
  • There is a $1.00 replacement fee for a lost or stolen card. One piece of identification is required to replace an existing library card. You are responsible for notifying the library in the event a card is lost or stolen, to avoid responsibility for unauthorized use.
  • When you sign your library card, you agree to uphold the contract that appears on the back.

RHODE ISLAND LAW:

 “Any person who shall borrow library property, and who, upon neglect to return the same within the time required and specified by the library owning the property, after receiving notice in writing that the same is overdue, shall upon further neglect to return the same within sixty (60) days from the date of notice, be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00).”

Types of Library Cards

FULL-ACCESS OSL LIBRARY CARDS

(Full-access cards are valid in every OSL library in the state.  Holds may be placed with these cards.)

Who is eligible?

If you live in Rhode Island or own property in Rhode Island you are eligible for a full-access OSL library card if your community supports an OSL library.

Out of State Resident Fees

Out of state residents may opt to get a full-access OSL library card provided the annual fee is paid.  Currently the annual fee for a full-access OSL library card is $125.

LOCAL USE ONLY LIBRARY CARDS

Effective January 1 , 2013

(For use at the West Warwick Public Library only, no holds allowed on materials.)

Who is eligible?

1. Individuals who live out of state but work full-time in Rhode Island are eligible for a free local use only card.  Proof of employment is required.  Card is valid for one year.

2. College students commuting from out of state are eligible for a free local use only card.  Proof of enrollment is required.  Card is valid during the school year.

3. Vacationers and temporary residents are eligible for a free local use only card.

4. Out of state residents not eligible for free local use only cards may opt to get a local use only card for an annual fee of $25.

How do I log in to my account online?

From your web browser navigate to wwpl.org and click on “My Account”.  From here you will be prompted to type in your 14-digit library card number (found on the back of your OSL Library Card) and your PIN number.  You must then click on “submit”.  From here you can see what you have checked out, renew items, reserve items, and pay fines.

How do I create a PIN number?

From your web browser navigate to wwpl.org and click on “My Account”.  From here you will be prompted to type in your 14-digit library card number.  Leave the “PIN” field blank and click “submit”.  On the next screen you must type in your library card number again, choose a PIN number (it must contain 4-8 numbers and no letters) and type your new PIN number into each of the blank PIN number boxes.  If you have any questions please call the Library at 828-3750 ext. 0 or see a staff member.

 

Behavior in the library

What is the library’s cell phone policy?

The use of cell phones in the library is disruptive to both patrons and staff. In order to preserve the library’s mission and goals, the Library asks that patrons observe the following courtesies while inside the library building:

Text messaging is permitted throughout the library, but ringers must be set to vibrate/silent.

· Cell phones, smart phones, and other electronic devices should be turned off or set to vibrate/silent when entering the building.

· Patrons making or receiving calls on a cell phone must leave the building before making or taking a call. Take your belongings with you if you move to make a phone call.

· Patrons may be permitted to make a brief call using their cell phone while at a department desk as long as it pertains to a library related matter.

· Library staff has the right to ask patrons engaged in cell phone conversation to end their conversation immediately or ask them to continue their conversation outside. The conversation must not continue while the patron is making their way outside.

· Cell phones may not be used in restrooms, quiet study, or in any program or meeting room.

· Refusal to comply with this policy or its intent may result in the patron being asked to leave the library.

· The Board of Trustees reserves the right to amend this policy, and to rule on situations not specifically covered herein. The Board of Trustees and the Library Director shall review this policy as needed.

·  All Signs posted should read:

Cell phone use in the library is prohibited. Please turn cell phones, smart phones, and other electronic devices off or to vibrate/silent while in the library. If you must make or receive a call, please leave the building.

 

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees on May 14, 2012

How does the library handle disruptive behavior?

Disruptive Behavior in the Library or on Library Grounds

It is the policy of the library to provide a safe and appropriate environment both within the library building and on library grounds to facilitate the public’s use of the library’s services and resources.  When the behavior of a patron constitutes a disruption which interferes with the use of the library by other patrons or which interferes with a staff member’s completion of his/her duties, the following progressive steps will be taken:

1.     The staff member will issue a verbal warning, with the statement that the person(s) will be told to leave if the behavior in question does not cease.

2.     If the disruptive behavior continues after the verbal warning, the staff member will tell the person(s) to leave the building and the grounds.

3.     If there is difficulty in getting the person(s) to leave the building or the grounds, the staff member will call the police.

 

All instances of verbal warning, eviction, and notification of police will be documented and logged by the staff of the department in question.

Behaviors which will result in warnings and then evictions from the library and its premises include but are not limited to:

·        Violation of library rules regarding proper use of materials and equipment

·        Inappropriate, foul, or vulgar language

·        Running or throwing things in the library

·        Inappropriate use of or rearranging of library furniture

·        Use of indelible markers, paints, lipstick, etc., on the library building or furniture

·        Eating, drinking, or smoking

·        Loitering in or outside the building

·        Solicitation of library patrons or staff members for money for products, services, or causes; solicitation of library patrons or staff members for the signing of political, religious, or other petitions

·        Card playing or gambling

·        Inappropriate public display of physical affection

·        Talking or laughing in a repeated pattern of loud outbursts

Any time a staff member feels that a patron’s behavior is threatening to the immediate safety of other patrons or staff members, the staff member will call the police immediately.

Behaviors which will result in the immediate calling of the police:

·        Hitting or striking another person

·        Threats of violence to oneself or others

·        Deliberate vandalism to library materials or property, or to the personal property of library patrons or staff

·        Theft of library materials or property, or of the personal property of library patrons or staff

·        Disrespectful attitudes or language, goading, teasing, or other types of harassment of library patrons or staff

·        Loitering on library grounds, or remaining on library grounds after being evicted from the building

A minor who has been evicted from the building more than twice or whose disruptive behavior has resulted in the police being called will not be allowed to use the library again unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.  When possible, a letter will be sent to the parent or guardian stating this policy.  The minor will be allowed to use the library again without parental supervision only after the parent/guardian has spoken with the Library Director, Assistant Director, or Head of the department where the offense occurred; and only at the discretion of the Head of the department.

 

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees March 10, 1997

Amended December 21, 1998

Reapproved October 20, 2003

What is the Library’s policy on unattended children?

Policy on Unattended, Lost, or Missing Children

It is the policy of the library to provide a safe and appropriate environment for library users of all ages. The library is, however, a public building with staff trained to provide public library services. The library is not equipped, nor is it the library’s role, to provide long- or short-term daycare for children of any age. Aside from the planned programs, services, and activities designed for specific age groups, the library’s staff is not responsible for supervising or tending to the needs of individual users or groups of users.

Accordingly, children under the age of eight must always be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or responsible childcare provider while in the library. If a child under the age of eight is attending a library program or activity, the parent, guardian, or responsible childcare provider must remain in the Children’s Department throughout the program.

In general, parents of any minor children shall not leave them unattended for long periods at the library. This is especially important in the evening. Police will be notified concerning any children left alone at the library after closing time.

Parents are responsible for the behavior of their children in the library, whether or not the parents are present.

Unattended Children

If a child is left unattended, a staff member will try to identify and locate the parent/caregiver according to the following procedure:

  1. Children left unattended are often frightened or crying and will be reassured by staff.
  2. Walk around the area with the child, looking for the parent/caregiver and informally asking for assistance. Often other people in the area can provide information.
  3. When an adult is located, gently remind him/her about the Library policy on unattended children.
  4. If the parent/caregiver is not found in the building, a staff member will stay with the child until someone can be located.
  5. If, after making an attempt, the parent/caregiver has not been located, the staff member will call the police (821-4323). Explain to the child that no-one is in trouble but that we want to make sure the child gets home safely.
  6. Under no circumstances will a staff member take the child out of the building.

Children Left Unattended at Closing

Children must be picked up no later than five minutes before closing time. If a child is left unattended at closing, a staff member will try to identify and locate the parent/caregiver according to the following procedure:

  1. Staff will check through the building for the child’s parent/caregiver.
  2. If the parent/caregiver is not in the building, staff will, within reason, assist the child in contacting the parent/caregiver.
  3. If, after making an attempt, the parent or another responsible adult has not been located, the police will be contacted at 821-4323. Explain to the child that no-one is in trouble but that we want to make sure the child gets home safely.
  4. Two staff members will stay with the child until someone can be located or the police arrive to take responsibility for the child.

Lost Child

If a parent/caregiver reports a child missing, staff will follow this procedure:

  1. Immediately escort parent/caregiver to the main exit area. S/he shall remain there to observe all those who leave the building.
  2. The staff person to whom the parent reported will get the name, age, and clear description of the missing child including what he/she is wearing.
  3. This staff member will alert all other staff, asking one person from each department to thoroughly search their department.
  4. All areas of the library should be checked thoroughly, including bathrooms, offices, and the elevator.
  5. Check outside the Library
  6. The Director, Assistant Director or Supervisor in charge will be notified.
  7. After a preliminary search by the person in charge, West Warwick Police will be notified at 821-4323.
  8. If possible, one staff member will check the entire outdoor perimeter of the building.
  9. If/when the child is found, notify police if have not yet arrived as well as library staff.
  10. The person in charge will complete an incident report with as much detail as possible if child is not found.
  11. Timelines and actions may vary with the maturity of the child, the time of year, the weather and staff availability. The goal is to be helpful and to keep library patrons safe.

Emergencies
In case of a medical emergency involving an unattended child, the staff will call 911 for emergency assistance and then attempt to contact a parent and/or guardian, in that order.

Any time young children are left unattended in the library, staff must discuss this policy with the parent and/or guardian.

 

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees May 11, 2012

 

Meeting room use

How do I register for a program or event at the library?

Due to popular demand and available space, program registration is only open to residents until one week before the program date. Nonresidents are welcome to sign up during the week before the program date, unless otherwise noted. Programs not requiring registration are open to all. Programs may be subject to change or cancellation and may fill quickly.

What is the library’s meeting room policy?

West Warwick Public Library’s Jean Nash Community Room and Champlin Room, further referred to as meeting rooms, are available free of charge to organizations and community groups for meetings of an educational, cultural, or civic nature. Use of the library meeting rooms does not imply endorsement by the library staff or Trustees of the viewpoints presented.

The Library encourages the widest use of library meeting rooms by organizations and community groups as long as this use does not interfere with the normal functions of the library. The library meeting rooms are not available for social, partisan or religious purposes; nor are they available for private meetings or commercial purposes.

Regularly scheduled public use of the rooms for any purpose is not permitted, unless it is a library sponsored program.

General Rules
· Meetings shall be open to the public.
· Rooms may be used for informational, educational, cultural, or government/civic activities.
· Library programming takes precedence. Bookings are subject to cancellations with a two week
notice if the room is needed for library programming.
· Programs involving the sale, advertising, or promotion of commercial products and services are
prohibited except for those covered by the library policy which allows programs with preapproval
to sell sound recordings, videos and books related to their presentation.
· No admission fee, registration fee, donation or monetary solicitation may be sought from meeting
attendees unless the Library co-sponsors the program.
· Rooms will not be used for personal or family purposes.
· Groups must reserve space at least one week in advance of the meeting date. Reservations for the
meeting rooms cannot be made more than three months in advance of the meeting date.
· No single group may have more than two meetings in a one-month period, unless the Library is a
co-sponsor.
· Users agree to abide by all regulations of the library relating to the use of the facilities and accept
responsibility for all damages caused to the building and/or equipment beyond normal wear.
· Meeting rooms are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.
· Library staff should be notified in advance of cancellations. If the meeting is cancelled with less
than 24 hours notice, the group may be disqualified from future use of the rooms.
· Smoking and the use of alcohol are strictly forbidden.
· Permission for use of the meeting room by any group is given by the Library Director or the
Library Board of Trustees who reserve the right to review and deny any application.

Availability
Meetings may be held during regular library hours and must begin no earlier than 15 minutes after
opening and must end at least 15 minutes prior to closing.

Representatives of groups wanting to reserve the room may obtain an application in-person at the library or by contacting WWPL Administration at 401-828-3750 x108 or tom@wwpl.org to send out the policy and all applicable forms. Completed applications may be submitted in-person, e-mailed, mailed, or faxed to 401-828-8493. A copy of the Meeting Room Policy will always accompany an application. The application form must be signed by an adult representative of the organization and have a current telephone number for that individual.

Capacity
The Jean Community Nash Room can accommodate up to 97 people with tables and/or chairs or 209 people standing. The Champlin Room can accommodate up to 33 people with tables or 70 people standing.

Refreshment Fee
There will be a $25 fee charged to any group intending to serve refreshments. The fee is non-refundable and is due at time of application. Groups must bring refreshments and any serving paraphernalia (utensils, plates, napkins, cups, etc.) with them, but may use the library coffee urn.

Room Set-Up and Clean-Up
The library custodian will set the room up according to the description given in the application. Please be as precise as possible.

The group is responsible for leaving the room neat, clean, and orderly. The group is responsible for
unplugging any electrical equipment used.

The library custodian will break down the room and put tables and chairs away.

The library cannot provide storage space to groups-they must bring and take away any special equipment and materials each time they use the room, even if it is for the same purpose over a period of weeks.

Signs

· Signs, working papers or posters may not be attached to the walls of the meeting rooms.
· Signs or posters placed anywhere in the building must be approved by WWPL Administration.

Breakage and Damage
Groups are responsible for paying for any breakage or damage to library property, as well as for any
inordinate amounts of cleaning, which occur as a result of their use of the meeting. No signs or posters may be affixed to walls or doors.

The person who signed the application for the group assumes full responsibility, and agrees that the organization will pay all charges for damages or cleaning fees.

Equipment Available
The library has A/V equipment available for use by groups using one of the meeting rooms. Please
indicate on the A/V request form whether any equipment will be needed. The section above on Breakage and Damage also applies to use of library A/V equipment.

Approved by the Board of Trustees June 12, 2000
Revised and Approved by the Board of Trustees November 14, 2011
Revised and Approved by the Board of Trustees December 15, 2014

 

Giving to the library

How can I volunteer at the library?

The West Warwick Public Library recognizes that volunteers, of a variety of ages, are a valuable resource for the library. Their time, energy, and talents supplement the efforts of paid library staff to help the library meet its commitment to providing quality service to the public. Volunteers enhance the Library and thus the community.

The Library aims to give volunteers meaningful responsibilities, appropriate orientation and training, effective supervision, and recognition. Volunteers are expected to perform their duties without remuneration to the best of their abilities and support the mission of the West Warwick Public Library.

The Library accepts as volunteers:

·         Students participating in community service activities as an educational requirement
·         Individuals 18 or over who complete a volunteer application form and agree to a BCI check
·         Teens in grades 7-12 who complete a teen application form signed by a parent or legal guardian
·         Individuals participating in work programs provided by community health and social service agencies upon approval by director

After meeting with the Library Director or designated staff member, volunteers will be placed in positions best suited to their skills, interests, and availability. The Library is not able to guarantee a position for each prospective volunteer and has the right to reject any application without cause. Volunteer placement is based on the qualifications of volunteer applicants, needs of the Library at any given time, volunteer’s ability to commit to a consistent schedule of hours, and availability of staff time to train and supervise volunteers.

Examples of volunteer work include working in the Book Nook Bookstore, tutoring in Literacy, teaching a computer class, assisting with programs for children and adults, repair and mending of materials, discarding books, straightening books on shelves, occasional outdoor projects, and teen reading tutors.

Work scheduled and specific time commitments will be arranged by each volunteer and the staff person responsible for their work.  Volunteers who cannot meet a scheduled work time should inform the library staff as soon as possible.

Volunteers may not be used to establish and maintain new library services or hours. Volunteers will not be used to replace or reduce the number of paid staff.

Volunteers are expected to comply with all policies of the West Warwick Public Library. Volunteers should expect to fulfill a commitment mutually agreed upon with the library. Volunteers are responsible for maintaining the confidentially of all library information. The Library will not provide any medical, accident, or worker’s compensation benefits for any injuries sustained while functioning as a volunteer. The Library will, upon request, provide letters of reference and hours of volunteer service performed, if deemed appropriate. The Library reserves the right to terminate the services of the volunteer.

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees October 15, 2012
What is the library’s donation policy?

The West Warwick Public Library is supported by the Town of West Warwick, which provides about three-quarters of the annual budget, the rest comes from Rhode Island State grant-in-Aid, interest from an established endowment, fines, and the West Warwick Public Library Association.

Ways of Giving
The West Warwick Public Library Association welcomes and appreciates gifts of all sizes – the generosity of our patrons and community is an investment in the future of this Library.

We are pleased to offer a wide variety of gift vehicles to help us to continue to provide top-notch programs, services, collections, and technology. The West Warwick Public Library Association would be pleased to work with prospective donors in determining how they may wish to make a gift, but is expected that donors will consult with their financial advisors before finalizing a contribution and to seek professional tax guidelines regarding the deductibility of gifts.

Gift Planning
There are many gift planning vehicles you can select from a wide variety of tax-wise giving strategies.

Gifts of Cash
Many donors choose to make gifts of cash (American currency, check, money order, or bank draft). Gifts to the West Warwick Public Library Association are tax deductible if the donor itemizes their deductions.

Milestone Gifts
Honor someone with a gift to the West Warwick Public Library Association. Milestone gifts may be made for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. Books or other materials (including audiobooks, music CDs, and DVDs) purchased with your gift of $25 or more will be affixed with a bookplate, and the Library will provide acknowledgment both to you and to the honoree or family of the person memorialized. This is a wonderful option for end-of-year teacher gifts and birthday presents for those who “have everything”!

Memorial or Honorary Gift
If you have a family member or friend whose life has been touched by the West Warwick Public Library we hope you’ll consider making a gift to us in honor of that person. Providing a gift establishes a living tribute that allows you to honor a loved one or yourself; support our continuing efforts; and receive personal financial benefits from your contribution.

Matching Gifts
Many companies match the charitable gifts of their employees. You can obtain the proper matching-gift from your employer and submit it to West Warwick Public Library Association for processing. Contact your company’s personnel office for more information.

Gifts of Life Insurance
Life insurance is an asset you may not think of donating to West Warwick Public Library Association until you hear how powerful, practical and simple it can be. You can name West Warwick Public Library Association as the owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy that provides income tax and possible estate tax benefits. If you own a life insurance policy with accumulated cash value and the original purpose for the protection no longer applies – such as to educate children now grown or to provide financial security for a spouse now deceased – your life insurance can be redirected to help support a worthwhile cause. One option is simply to name the West Warwick Public Library Association as the primary beneficiary. (However, naming the West Warwick Public Library Association as the beneficiary while you retain ownership of the policy does not qualify you for an income tax deduction.) You can name us as the beneficiary and also assign us ownership of the policy as a current charitable gift.

Endowment
When you give to the West Warwick Public Library Association’s endowment fund, you are ensuring the Library is here for generations to come and to have some resources available in case of capital emergencies. Endowments help ensure a healthy, long-term financial future for the Library while honoring specific philanthropic interests and passions. There are many ways you can make a gift to the West Warwick Public Library Association’s endowment (see above).

Bequests
Bequests often enable donors to give more than would have been possible during their lifetimes. Bequests may be kept private, and they can be changed during the donor’s lifetime. Bequests are relatively easy to establish, often with just a simple addition to a will or revocable trust. And bequests are tax-wise – gifts through bequests qualify for certain estate tax deductions. Naming the West Warwick Public Library Association in your will or trust requires simple language: “I give to the West Warwick Public Library Association, Inc. all (or state a percentage) of the residue of my estate, to be used in such a manner as its Board of Directors determine.”

Books
The Library gladly accepts donations of new or gently used books and other materials. Donated items will be reviewed by staff to determine whether they are suitable for our collections. Items not added to a collection may be forwarded to another Library in need or sold in the Book Nook Bookstore, whose proceeds go directly towards library programs and services.  The Library also maintains an Amazon Wishlist from which materials can be purchased that would be added to the collection.

Volunteering
Support your library by volunteering your time and/or talents. The Library is always looking for people to donate time to help the library with a variety of tasks. Volunteer opportunities are open to all, including teens and people with disabilities. Potential volunteers must fill out an application. If there are possible matches with available volunteer opportunities the volunteer will be called for an interview and trained.

If you have a special talent or hobby you would like to share with others, you may wish to volunteer an hour or two to conduct a special program for fellow library patrons. Library staff will work with you to help develop and promote your program.

Use Your Library
A successful library is a library that is used. The West Warwick Public Library contains a wealth of resources, information, and professional assistance. Remember to take advantage of your library to enrich your life!

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees October 15, 2012

 

Technology at the library

How do I use the computers at the library?

The West Warwick Public Library has many computers available for public use in both the Adult and Youth departments. You can sign on for a computer session with your library card number or we have a couple Express stations available for use without a card for brief sessions. All public computers are able to print to a full color laser printer for a cost of 10¢ for black & white or 50¢ for color prints.

The public computers allow patrons to access the Internet, use a number of Microsoft Office programs, listen to music, scan and edit photos, and edit movies. We offer generous time limits on computer use, which allows patrons to complete time consuming projects without worrying about time running out or the disruption of moving to another computer.  The lab provides patrons with all the equipment they need for any class and a quiet environment in which to learn.

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