Providence Community Library will provide safe, contactless curbside book pickup, by appointment only, on Tuesdays and Fridays between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The book pickups support Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo's statewide April Reading Challenge and are designed to make books available to students in grades K-12 who do not have access to the reading materials they need at home. The service will begin on Tuesday, April 7, in a time window similar to that of the City of Providence's twice-weekly Grab and Go meal service.
To request materials (limit 3-5 items), library users can call one of the four participating Providence Community Library locations - Rochambeau, Mount Pleasant, Knight Memorial or Washington Park - on Tuesdays and/or Fridays between 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM. Library users requesting books 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 library card when public libraries reopen.
Upon arrival at the selected library, call the library's telephone number to alert staff, who will deliver the materials outside at a specified time between 11:00AM and 2:00PM. 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 during COVID-19 outbreak as recommended by the RI Department of Health. Please send one family representative to the library, if possible, to limit the number of people near the library buildings.
Library users must not go to the library without an appointment and staff cannot accommodate unplanned visits. The library buildings remain closed to all visitors. Once issued, no book returns will be accepted; people are requested to keep books and other library materials at home until the library reopens. Due dates on all materials at all Rhode Island libraries in the Ocean State Libraries system have been extended statewide.
Limited contactless delivery for adults 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.
Here are the locations and contact numbers of our participating locations:
708 Hope Street (02906)
Mt. Pleasant Library
315 Academy Avenue (02908)
Knight Memorial Library
275 Elmwood Avenue (02907)
Washington Park Library
1316 Broad Street (02905)
Providence Community Library fully supports Rhode Island's April Reading Challenge. On March 30, Governor Raimondo and Commissioner Infante-Green challenged all students in Rhode Island to read every single day in the month of April. These book pickup services have been created to support student learning at this challenging time and ensure that physical books continue to be available to Providence families if they need them. Providence Community Library continues to provide access to many digital resources, including Ocean State Libraries eBooks, streaming apps Kanopy and Hoopla, online databases and a growing list of virtual programs available on our YouTube channel.