You don't have to be inside the library building to use our online resources. You can enjoy ebooks, audiobooks, research materials, and children's ebooks from home or on the go. You can also apply for a library card, ask a reference question, and keep in touch with the library via social media.
Streaming and Downloadable Collections
Ocean State Libraries eZone
eBooks, audiobooks and streaming video available for all of your mobile devices, ereaders, and computers. For your phone, download the Libby app from the App Store for iphones or from Google Play for your android.
A collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, books, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games. An example of their new book collection:
Kanopy Film Collection
New as of April 3rd!
We've just added Kanopy to our online collections. Stream great films and visit the Kids Kanopy section for high quality children's films.
Flipster - available through AskRI
New as of April 21st!
Popular adult and childrens magazines. Flipster offers an easy, browse-able reading experience. Users can browse magazines by category as well as perform searches for specific periodicals. An online newsstand provides a carousel of the most recent issues, as well as a carousel of all issues allowing for quick access to magazines.
MOBILE ACCESS: Look for Flipster in your device’s App store. Select Get Started then “AskRI – RI Office of Library And Information Services”. Tap “Enter Zip Code” and enter your zip code.
Ancestry from Home
Temporary at-home usage allowed
Ancestry has been kind enough to let our patrons use the site from home during the COVID-19 crisis. Use the link below to sign on to the site. It will take you to the library catalog, where you can sign in with your library card, then you will be taken to the home screen of Ancestry.
Udemy - a new resource for taking classes online
New as of April
Gale Presents: Udemy is an online learning platform for adults who want to improve work-related skills or further develop a personal interest. Users can search through more than 4,000 continuously updated, on-demand video courses across 75 categories in business, technology, design, and more. All courses are taught by world-class instructors and offer a tailor-made learning experience for those who want to learn new technologies and skills to stay competitive in a changing workforce.
With a library card, and a Google or Microsoft account, patrons can remotely access thousands of online courses as well as select instructors and content that best match their skills needs and learning preferences.
Links to Ebsco databases for research, Mango Languages to learn a new language. Learning Express Library to access standardized test prep, and Worldbook Online, as well as other resources.
While Rhode Island public libraries are closed, online applications for new or renewed library cards will be processed remotely. If a new card needs to be issued, you will be sent a temporary library card number and PIN by email. A permanent library card will be assigned and mailed to you or may be picked up at the library you chose on your application after the libraries reopen.
The Reference Librarian is available to answer any questions about the library's online resources, or any informational questions, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or through the library's Facebook page.
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