Your Library Card

The North Providence Library is a member of Ocean State Libraries.

  • To obtain a Library card, identification with photo ID and current mailing address is required.
  • Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian with proper ID in order to register for a card.
  • A Patron must bring their own library card in order to check out material and to use the library’s computers.
  • Library cards are non-transferrable.
  • Replacement cost for a card is $1.
  • Patrons are responsible for all material checked out to their library card.

You can also register for a library card online by going to the online catalog (   You will be able to register on-online as a patron of our library if you are a RI resident.  You will have limited privileges.  Holds placed with this card are active for 30 days.  You must show a valid Rhode Island ID and proof of address at your library within 30 days to get a permanent card or this temporary patron record will be deleted.

Borrowing Policies

  • Books – All books, with the exception of reference books, circulate for a three week loan period. 
  • Magazines – Back issues of magazines circulate for a three week period.  The most recent issue of the magazine does not circulate.  No more than 3 of the same magazine title can go out on one card.
  • Playaways/Music CD’s/Audio Books – These circulate for a three week period.  There is a limit of no more than 6 per library card.
  • DVDs/Videos – DVDs/Videos loaned out for a 7 day period are not renewable.  No more than 6 per card.  Non-fiction DVDs/Videos circulate for 21 days are not renewable. North Providence videos may be renewed once if there are no holds.  There are overdue fines of $2.00 per day on blu-rays and $.50 per day on DVDs.   These items cannot be placed in the book drop.
  • Renewals – An item can be renewed for a 3 week period by either bringing it to the library or calling the renewal numbers 401-736-0965 or toll free 1-800-359-3090 before the due date.  If the item is on hold for another patron or it has been renewed once already, then it can not be renewed a second time.


Overdue fines for most library material are .20 per day per item.  Overdue fines of $2.00 per day on blu-rays and $.50 per day on DVDs.  Fines of $5.00 or more will automatically revoke library privileges.  If paying for fines by check and your check is returned, a $25.00 service charge plus the original fine will be charged.

Pay your Fines Online

You can now pay your fines online.  Go to the online catalog ( and click on the “My Library Account” link.  Once you enter your name and library card number, you will see the option “pay online” if you owe more than $1.01 in fines or lost materials.

  • The library accepts MasterCard, Visa and Discover cards.  The system does not currently support PayPal.
  • There is no additional fee when paying fines online
  • The minimum payment amount is $1.01.  Once you’re in My Library Account, all fines are pre-selected.  If you do not wish to pay all of the fines, you can uncheck the fines you do not want to pay at this time and press the re-calculate button to pay only the checked, selected fines.  Each fine must be paid in full – you cannot pay a partial amount on a selected fine.
  • If you would like a receipt, include an email address with the credit card information you submit and a receipt will be sent to that address.  A payment receipt also displays online and may be printed.



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