Circulation and Borrowing Information


We are a member of the Ocean State Library consortium (OSL), comprised of over 50 public libraries throughout Rhode Island. Materials are made available through a shared online catalog.


Library Cards

Rhode Island residents may apply for a free library card in person or online.


Text Alerts

Receive text notifications about your library account through our Shoutbomb service. The library does not charge a fee for this service. Your mobile plan’s standard text messaging rates apply.  Please visit Ocean State Libraries for more information.

Sign up

  • Text the word SIGNUP to 833-403-1353
  • Wait for a response with directions



Materials borrowed may be returned to any public library in Rhode Island with the exception of Museum passes, Interlibrary Loan items, Hotspots, or Library of Things materials.



Items will automatically renew twice as long as another person is not waiting for that item.



You will not see overdue or late fines on East Providence Public Library materials. The library will no longer collect money when a book is overdue. Fees will still be collected for lost or damaged materials.