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Library Cards

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The Pawtucket Public Library is a member of OSL (Ocean State Libraries).

  • We accept and issue OSL library cards which may be used at most OSL member libraries.Ocean State Libraries Library Card and Borrowing Policies 
  • Use the Library Catalog to view the holdings of the Pawtucket Public Library and other OSL libraries, check your record, place holds and renew materials.

Library Cards

Rhode Island Residents

To obtain a free OSL library card please visit the Circulation Desk inside the Library. You will be asked to fill out a short application. You will also need to show positive identification and proof of your current Rhode Island address. For children under the age of 13 years old, a signature of the parent or guardian is required on the application. You may also apply for your Ocean State Libraries card online.

Non-Rhode Island Residents

Option One: Full-use statewide Ocean State Libraries card
Non- Rhode Island residents may obtain a statewide Ocean State Libraries card for an annual fee as long as their community has a library certified according to their state requirements. The current fee is $200.00

Note: Non-Residents from other states who own property (land) in Rhode Island and therefore pay property taxes may obtain a free Ocean State Libraries card upon proof of ownership, such as a current tax bill.

Option Two: Paid local-use-only Pawtucket Library card
Purchase a Pawtucket Public Library local use only card for $40 per year. With a local use card you may borrow only Pawtucket materials. Holds may be placed on Pawtucket materials for you by Pawtucket Library staff members.

Note: Free Local-Use-Only Pawtucket Library Cards may be issued to:

  • Non-Rhode Island residents who attend Pawtucket schools for the period school is in session. 
  • Current and retired Pawtucket municipal employees who live outside the state. The card must be renewed annually.

Lost Library Card

Call the library immediately if your library card is lost. After being notified, the library will not allow anyone to use your card. If you do not report your card missing, you are responsible for any items checked out on your card. A $1.00 fee will be charged to replace a lost library card.


  • Loan period three (3) weeks for all books, including audiobooks. Books will automatically renew twice, unless item is on hold.
  • Overdue Fines: None! The Pawtucket Library is fine free.

DVDs & Video Games

  • Limit of five (5) movies per library card. Limit of one (1) video game per library card. No limit on educational or non-fiction DVDs. 
  • Loan Period Movie DVDs & games have a 7-day loan period. Non-fiction DVDs and television series DVDs have a 3-week loan period. 
  • Renewals Videos, DVDs & games cannot be renewed. 
  • Overdue Fines None! The Pawtucket Library is fine free!
  • Video and DVD Borrowing Restrictions for Minor Children The Pawtucket Public Library does not restrict access to the material in its video and DVD collections based on the age of the borrower. According to Rhode Island Public Library Standards it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to monitor the selection of materials of his or her minor children. The parent may request that the Pawtucket Public Library restrict borrowing on a minor’s library card to videos and DVDs of particular rating categories, such as: G, PG, PG13, and R. Please ask for this form at the Circulation Desk.(Approved by the Board of Trustees 6/20/06)

Pawtucket Library is Fine Free!

  • All Pawtucket Public Library materials circulate fine free. 
  • Overdue Pawtucket Library items will not generate fines, but borrowing will be suspended until all overdue materials are returned. 
  • The Pawtucket Library must still collect fines on items owned by other Rhode Island Ocean State libraries that do charge fines as per OSL Policy. 
  • Library patrons will still be responsible for the replacement cost of items lost, damaged or never returned.


Most circulating materials may be reserved.

  • Use the Library Catalog to place an item on hold
  • Visit the library to fill out a Reserve slip
  • Call the Reference Desk (401) 725-3714 x220/221

Many library materials may be renewed once. Renewals will not be granted if the item is on reserve for another patron, or if the owning library does not allow renewals.

Use one of these methods to Renew Library Materials:

  • Call the Circulation Desk - (401) 725-3714 x201
  • Use the Library Catalog
  • Use the Telephone Renewal Service, available 24 hours a day (401) 736-0965Toll Free: (800) 359-3090


Books may be returned to any public library that participates in the OSL system. Audiovisual materials should be returned to the library from which it was borrowed. When returning materials inside the library, do not place them on the countertop.

Place all materials in the book drop located at the left end of the desk.

Book Drops

The book drops are open 24 hours a day for the deposit of materials being returned to the Library. The main book drop is located to the right of the main entrance of the building. There is also a new drive-up book drop on Summer Street across from the Library.

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