Getting a Library Card

    Ocean States Libraries Card

    Need a library card? Need to renew? Here's what you need to know before you come into the library.

    We issue cards Mondays - Thursdays 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM and Fridays & 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 $185. A local-use only card, allowing access to only Lincoln  Public Library materials, may be obtained for a yearly fee of $50.00.


    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.