Library Policies

Getting a Library Card

You must apply in person.

You must show proof of address and a picture identification that verifies your current address. A driver's license, car registration or piece of mail with a cancelled stamp are examples of acceptable forms of identification.

You may use your new card immediately. However, you are limited on your first use to 4 items only 1 of which may be a video, dvd, audiocassette or cd.

Your card will be up for renewal every 36 months. At that time, you will be asked to show proof of address. Do not discard your card as you will be using the same card for multiple renewals.

If your card is lost or stolen, you must notify us immediately so that we may cancel it. Otherwise, you are responsible for all items on that card up until the time of cancellation.

To replace a lost or damaged card, you must pay a $1.00 fee and show identification.

For out-of-state residents, there are two options for getting a library card. First, there is a Local Use Only card which costs $25 per year, and allows the card holder to check out Woonsocket Harris Public Library materials only as well as use of the computer labs. Second, there is the Ocean State Libraries card which costs $115 per year. This card allows the card holder to check out materials from all of the members of the Ocean State Libraries network.


Loan Periods

New Fiction and Nonfiction
All Other Books
Juvenile Puppets, Toys and Audiocassettes
Literacy Help Materials

You are responsible for all materials checked out on your card.

You will be given a receipt with due dates.

You may renew an item one time provided the item is not on reserve for another person, and it is not identified on the front cover as a "new" item.

You may renew in person or by phone. To renew by phone, you must have your Ocean State Libraries card number available when you call.

If the library is closed, you may return most items in the Return Box in the front of the building. DO NOT PLACE DVD'S, VIDEO OR AUDIOCASSETTES in this box as this may damage them and you will be responsible for the cost of replacing them.

You may return books from this library to any other library which is part of the Ocean State Libraries network and you may return other Ocean State Libraries books here.

You must return dvd, video and audiocassettes to the library from which you borrowed them.

Overdue Fines

Adult Materials $.20 per day
Children's Materials $.20 per day
DVD and Videos $1.00 per day

Maximum fine on an Adult item is $6.00
Maximum fine on a Juvenile item is $6.00
Maximum fine on a dvd or video is $10.00
Lost items will be assessed at full replacement value plus a processing fee.


The Circulation Desk closes five minutes before the library closes.  Please be sure to check out all materials by 8:55 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  All materials must be checked out by 4:55 p.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

The computer labs close fifteen minutes before the library closes.  Please complete all work and printing on the computers by 8:45 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Please complete all work and printing by 4:45 p.m on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.