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Mission and Policies


The James P. Adams Library provides students and faculty with the information, recorded knowledge and services necessary to support and improve instruction and learning at Rhode Island College.

The Library:

  • Provides convenient and comprehensive access to the information and knowledge resources appropriate to student scholarship and learning; offers instruction in the effective utilization of the library's resources; acquires and organizes materials according to appropriate standards; and supports faculty research by providing relevant information and knowledge.
  • Upholds the intellectual freedom of its users by building a collection that manifests a diversity of views and by ensuring the confidentiality of patron transactions.
  • Strives to offer a comfortable setting for intellectual pursuits. Facilities support access to the library and its materials by people with disabilities.
  • Maintains service to the academic and scholarly communities of the state, the region, the nation, and the world through cooperative arrangements that provide reciprocal benefits to the College.