You can use your public library as a gateway to obtaining library materials from across the country. If what you need is not available in a Rhode Island public library, the Reference staff of the Newport Public Library can make arrangements to borrow it for you from elsewhere. It usually takes about two weeks to obtain materials from outside the Ocean State Libraries consortium of Rhode Island public libraries. You can use the library catalogs below to search for library materials that are not found in the Ocean State Libraries catalog or ask one of our Reference librarians for help. Email the Reference Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (401) 847-8720, ext. 208 or stop by for more information about this free service.
The HELIN Library Consortium is composed of eleven academic libraries and fourteen health sciences libraries. Providing access to approximately 6 million volumes, the InRhode Library Catalog combines the resources of the Brown University Library Catalog, JOSIAH, with those of the HELIN Library Catalog.
Search the combined catalog of the Rhode Island School of Design and the Providence Athenaeum.
The Redwood Library and Athenæum is the oldest lending library in America, and the oldest library building in continuous use in the country.
Search the WorldCat database, the world’s largest network of library content and services. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access to their resources on the Web, where most people start their search for information. The database contains records to over 1 billion items in more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. After identifying material you are interested in, contact Newport Public Library’s Reference Desk to arrange to borrow these materials.
Library of Congress
Search the online Library of Congress Catalog to gain access to the collections of the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world.
Search the RiCat library catalog to find the holdings of sixty eight Rhode Island school libraries in 23 school districts– elementary, middle and high schools that serve 29% of Rhode Island public school students.