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Coronavirus and the RIC Library

A guide to RIC Library services during the outbreak.

Library Changes

Effective March 30, 2020, the library building will be moving to a closed-stacks model. The building will not be accessible to the public until further notice.


Effective June 4, 2020, all library patrons and staff must wear cloth face coverings to comply with Executive Order 20-41


RIC students, faculty, and staff may request items, such as books and laptops, and scanning of non-circulating materials in advance via our online request form. 


Items can be picked up in the main library lobby.  When you arrive, call 401-456-8126 and the items will be brought out to you.  Please have your RIC ID ready. Items can be picked up or returned during library hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30.


To renew items by phone and for Interlibrary Loan and Course Reserve questions, please contact the Access Services department at 401-456-8126 (have your RIC ID barcode ready).  


To facilitate safe processing of library books/DVDs, please return in the book drops. All books will be quarantined for 4 days.


Access to Government Information & Publications

Rhode Island College Coronavirus Main Information Page

Library Hours

Building Hours (restricted access)

  • Sunday: CLOSED
  • Monday through Friday: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday: CLOSED

Chat Hours:

  • Sunday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Monday through Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Special Collections is closed.

Digital Collections are completely accessible.

ILL Services during the COVID-19 Virus

The library is continuing to provide ILL borrowing services for all RIC students, faculty & staff who need materials for their research/studies. We do want to make our patrons aware, however, that there may be delays in obtaining materials. Many libraries are not currently providing physical items or scanning of print materials since they are closed due to the COVID-19 virus and quarantines. Many libraries are working remotely and are only able to provide articles from their electronic databases. We will attempt to fill as many requests as possible but please be patient. Please direct any questions to our email (

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