Getting a Library Card
Need a library card? Need to renew? Here's what you need to know before you come into the library.
We issue cards Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM, and Fridays and Saturdays 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
Rhode Island Residents
To obtain a free OSL library card please visit the Circulation Desk inside the library. You will need to fill out an application, provide positive identification and proof of your current Rhode Island address. For children under the age of 14 years old a signature of the parent or guardian is required.
Non-Rhode Island Residents
Non-residents who pay property taxes in Rhode Island may obtain an OSL library card at no charge with proof of property taxes paid. All other non-residents need to come in person to obtain a statewide OSL library card for an annual fee of $150. A local-use only card, allowing access to only Lincoln Public Library materials, may be obtained for a yearly fee of $50.00.
Temporary Library Card
Rhode Island Residents that do not have a library card can register for a temporary card online. A temporary library card grants limited privileges. Holds placed with a temporary card are active for 30 days. You must show a valid Rhode Island ID and proof of address at your local library to get a permanent card. This must be done within 30 days or the temporary card will be deleted. If you are not sure if you still have an active library card please contact the library to check.
Lost/Replacement Library Card
If you have lost your library card call the library immediately to report it missing. After being notified, the library will not allow anyone to use your card. If you do not report your card missing, you will be held responsible for any items checked out on your card. There is a $1.00 fee to replace a lost library card.
To apply for a card online, please see the Ocean State Libraries Online Card Application.