Your Very Own Key to the Kingdom

Humans seek knowledge, understanding. We live in an age of information where we consume more media in a month than our ancestors may have consumed in their entire lives. This fact is probably true, but who knows since you are on the internet rife with sensationalism. That’s why books are important; fact checking and research! Or if fiction is more your thing, books offer that, too. And movies! Unfortunately, rising costs have made these materials more of a treat than something accessible. But do not despair – enter the library, and your library card!

Over 70 Library Locations, Serving You

Rhode Island may be the smallest state but our libraries have the biggest impact. With over 70 public libraries all connected by one database, we ship thousands of items to each other daily so that our patrons do not have to travel outside of their comfort zone. Looking for that unique movie from your childhood but the only owner is the library seven towns away? Never a problem! Order it, pick it up at your town library, and return it there, too!

Each library in the state offers unique experiences, events, clubs, and collections. However, a library card from any location is all you need to borrow materials across the state. Need a library card? Check your eligibility and review the Ocean State Libraries policies below. You can stop by any location to sign up or fill out an application online and have your new library card mailed to you.

OSL Library Card and Borrowing Policy

For full policy, please click here to be redirected to the official OSL website.

To get a FREE library card:

  • You live in Rhode Island and/or you pay state property tax in Rhode Island.

To get a library card via subscription:

  • You do not live in Rhode Island and/or do not pay state property tax in Rhode Island.
  • You sign up for a full-access card for a $155 annual fee.
To apply for a library card:
Bring a picture identification and one other piece of identification marked with your current address to any library’s circulation department. Alternatively, you may sign up for a library card online by clicking here. Note: children 14 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to sign up. Valid forms of identification include:
  • State driver’s license or state identification card
  • Car registration
  • Rental leases or receipts
  • Cable, phone, or utility bill with current address
  • SNAP card
  • Student identification
To replace a lost or stolen library card:
The cost is $1. Bring a picture identification to verify your account information.
General policy guidelines:
Below is a shortened version of the West Warwick Public Library patron use and borrowing policy. By signing the back of your library card, you agree to comply with the policies of not only West Warwick Public Library, but all OSL member libraries. This includes:
  • All library materials checked out on my card are my sole responsibility and my card is non-transferable.
  • I will return all borrowed items by the due date or incur overdue charges.
  • I will pay replacement and processing costs assessed for lost, unreturned, or damaged materials.
  • I will promptly report any change in my personal account information, or if my card is lost or stolen.
  • If signing a library card for a juvenile, I accept responsibility for any fines on their card. Furthermore, I acknowledge that it is my job to monitor and approve of said child’s choice of materials and resources.
  • I  understand that failure to act responsibly may result in suspension of my card, and that failure to pay fines or return library materials will result in legal action.

Receive notifications from your library:
By default, most libraries send you automated phone messages make you aware of items due back soon. At anytime, you may change this to either email notifications or SMS text notifications. It is advised that you add to your email account contacts so that emails do not end up in your spam folder. If you would like to sign up for SMS text notifications, text SIGNUP to (401) 298-2013 or click here for more info!