Frequently Asked Questions

See also:  FAQ about Library Cards

General Questions

1. Does the library have a scanner, fax machine, copy machine?
The scanner is located across from the Reference Desk. This is a free service. Administration staff will be happy to fax items for you, Monday – Friday until 3:45 pm.  The cost is $1.00 per page. Photocopy machines print in black and white only, and do not make double-sided copies. Machines accept one dollar bills and coins.

2. Does the library have a notary public?
There is one staff member who is a certified notary public. Notary service is $1.00 per seal. Patrons who wish to take advantage of this service MUST call the library to check and see if that staff member is present. 847-8720 x100.

3. Can I recommend that the library purchase a specific book or DVD?
To recommend a title for purchase, speak to Reference staff or use our online Suggest a Purchase form. All suggestions for purchase are subject to the same selection criteria as other materials and are not automatically added to the collection.

4. May I use my cell phone in the library?
Cell phone use is allowed only in the library’s two lobbies.  Please set your cell phone to vibrate or silent mode when you enter the Library.  Texting is allowed anywhere.

Computer and Internet Access

1. Does the Library provide computers with Internet access?
Yes, the library provides computers with Internet access free of charge. An Ocean State Libraries library card number or a guest pass is required to log on to our computers.

2. Can I print at the Library? Is there a charge for printing?
Yes. The charge for black & white prints is $.15 cents per page and color prints are $.30 cents.

3. Is there a time limit for computer use/Internet access?
If the computers are very busy, and there are people waiting, there is a one-hour limit. If there is no one waiting, time limits are flexible for users who have an OSL library card.

4. May I use my laptop in the library? Is there wi-fi access? May I plug it in?
Yes, you may use your laptop in the library. There are several electrical outlets throughout the library. The only restriction is that wires may not be stretched across aisle-ways. Our wi-fi network is called “library” and there is no password.