Providence Community Library will expand its contactless, curbside book pick-up service to all nine neighborhood locations, beginning Tuesday, May 26. The service provides library users with access to books and other physical materials by appointment only on scheduled days and will continue until at least June 29. Providence Community Library began a limited curbside service in support of Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo's statewide April Reading Challenge and was one of the first public libraries in Rhode Island to do so.
To request materials (limit 3-5 items), library users with a Providence Community Library or Ocean State Libraries card can call any Providence Community Library location during its service hours (see table for details.) Library users should have their library card number ready when they call. If people need a library card, they can go to https://www.oslri.org/application to apply for a temporary digital library card which will be replaced with a physical card when public libraries reopen.
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When arriving at the pick-up location, call the library's telephone number and staff will bring materials outside. Visitors should remain in their cars, or wait behind the designated line (if walking, biking, or taking public transportation) to maintain the recommended safe distance between people, as recommended by the Rhode Island Department of Health. If possible, just one family representative should come to the library, to limit the number of people near the building.
The library buildings remain closed to all visitors and staff cannot accommodate any spontaneous visits. No returns of materials are accepted at present and people are requested to keep books and other library materials at home until further notice. Due dates on all materials at all Rhode Island libraries in the Ocean State Libraries system have been extended statewide.
Limited contactless delivery to homes in Providence may also be available. Seniors, parents who cannot leave their house, residents with health concerns and individuals in quarantine may request books using the same procedure. Delivery will be made to homes – observing safe social distancing – whenever possible. Call the closest participating Providence Community Library to your home during the designated call hours.
“Many Providence students and their families need library services in these challenging times,” said Library Director Cheryl Space. “Patrons have warmly welcomed our curbside library services and we fulfilled 425 requests for materials in the first few weeks alone,” she added.
For more information about all of Providence Community Library’s current services, including 24-hour access to Ocean State Libraries eBooks, streaming apps Kanopy and Hoopla, online databases and a growing list of virtual programs on our YouTube channel visit provcomlib.org.