Rhode Island public libraries are taking steps to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Ocean State Libraries and its member libraries have announced that they are following recommendations from the CDC and the Rhode Island Department of Health to ensure the safety of the communities and staff, and are taking steps to serve the Rhode Island library community.

At present, all Rhode Island public libraries are closed and the statewide book delivery system has also been shut down. Due dates on all items have been extended to May 1.

Expiring library cards have also been reset to expire May 1 so that library users can make the most of ebooks and other digital resources and services.

Fines on all items that accrue from March 1 through the end of the public health crisis will be waived. Existing holds will be honored. However, the ability to place new holds has been temporarily turned off.

The investment in ebooks and digital audiobooks in OSL’s eZone will be expanded so that patrons may continue to enjoy books and reading.

Ocean State Libraries is also working in partnership with the Rhode Island Office of Library & Information Services. They are developing a collection of online resources for students and families to help Rhode Islanders meet their learning and recreational needs from home at https://olis-ri.libguides.com/online .

Visit https://www.oslri.org/library-closings/ for more information.

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