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COVID-19 and the RIC Library

A guide to RIC Library services during the outbreak.

Library Updates

The Adams Library staff welcome you back to the library. While we are excited to offer you access to the building again, we want to share some important information about changes to library operations for Fall 2020. If you have any questions about these changes, please contact Carissa DeLizio, Director of the Adams Library.

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Face Masks

Students, faculty, and staff must practice social distancing and wear face masks at all times when in the building.

Building Access and Hours

To enter the library, you must use the front door accessible from the quad.  Library building access is restricted to current RIC students, staff, and faculty.  You must present a current RIC ID to enter the building and will have to review the COVID-19 screening tool. 

Library hours beginning on August 31, 2020 will be:

  • Mon-Wed: 8am-9pm  
  • Thurs & Fri: 8am-5pm  
  • Sat: 11am-5pm
  • Sun: 1pm-7pm

For any changes to these hours please visit the library’s website.

The Adams Library’s capacity has been reduced by approximately 50% through the removal of seating. This ensures the library complies with state guidelines for public/browsing areas.

Leave tables and chairs where they have been placed to achieve 6′ of social distance.  If all seating is full, do not sit on the floor to avoid occupancy limits.

Access to Physical Materials

To limit browsing and preserve safety in the building, please find a RIC-owned title you want in the library catalog ahead of time.  Click on the title, then click on the “Place Hold” button. You will be notified via email or text message when your title is available to be picked up.  For help, please visit our Reference & Research Support site.

Book Returns

Please return all book, DVDs and other non-technology items to the outside book bins. All books will be quarantined for 4 days before returning to the shelves.

Technology Lending

While COVID-19 restrictions are in place at Rhode Island College, the following will apply to renewals of Adams Library technology loans:

Up to 2 renewals will be allowed before technology items will be required to be returned.  After the 1st renewal is granted, the technology item may be subject to recall.  The patron's library account must remain current and in good standing in order to have renewals granted for technology items.  If overdue fines have accrued on the library patron's account, the overdue fines must be paid before anymore technology loan checkouts.

Laptops, calculators and other types of technology may be reserved in advance using our Library Technology Request Form

Public Printers and Public Computers

Students can use public desktop computers and printing, copying and scanning in Adams Library.

Desktop computers: Mon-Fri, reserve ahead of time using our online computer booking system.  Sat and Sun are first come, first served.  Computers can be reserved for 45 min or 2.75 hour time slots.  For questions please contact

Library student employees will sanitize all computers and printers after use.

Course Reserves

Due to the COVID-19 situation and according to the recommended guidelines from the REALM Project for quarantining library books, the Library is not able to allow print reserves offering books or notebooks for check-out. DVDs will be allowed for the fall 2020 semester. Faculty are strongly encouraged to submit e-reserves processing requests for book chapters and articles. Library staff are able to make 10% or less of a whole book available via e-reserves. Faculty are also encouraged to contact their library liaison in order to find electronic versions of print materials or alternative reading or viewing materials. Please use the Course Reserves Processing Request Form to submit materials.   For questions, please contact Brian Baker, Access Services Supervisor at

Research Support

What is Reference and Research Support?

We’re a team of library faculty and student assistants whose mission is to help you learn how to “Find Out”!  You can ask us ANYTHING….not just about your academic work when you need books or journals or documents or brainstorming about topic development, but information of any kind….

So whether the information you need is tucked away in a print volume or is contained in one of the many online reference tools and journal databases we purchase for your use --- we can help you with ALL of those resources!

Call us, text us, email us, chat with us, drop by the Reference Desk, or make a research appointment with us – we’re here to help you FIND OUT.  Visit our Reference & Research Support site to contact us.

Archives & Special Collections

Beginning August 31, Archives and Special Collections are open to RIC students, faculty and staff by appointment only, Monday through Friday, 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm.

To make an appointment contact Molly Bruce Patterson, Digital Archivist & Special Collections Librarian, at or 401-456-9653.

Library Hours

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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