The George Hail Library, as a member of the Ocean State Library Consorium and also a Library of Rhode Island member, gives any resident of Rhode Island a library card regardless of age. There is no fee.
In order to apply for a card, you must show a photo id and have proof of Rhode Island residence. There is an application to be filled out. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian since a signature is required. Proof of residence can be a driver's license, valid passport, mail with your current address on it, utility bill, or lease agreement. If necessary, the library has postal cards we will mail to you that you can bring to the library when delivered to show proof of address.
Kids and teens can apply for their card in the Donald Medley Children's Room, located on the lower level of the library.
Non-residents who work or pay taxes in Rhode Island may obtain an OSL library card at no charge with proof of current employer or property taxes paid. However, this limits the card holder to only the materials owned by the George Hail Library. All other non-residents may obtain a statewide OSL library card for an annual fee of $115.
During the COVID-19 crisis, 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.