Getting a Library Card
Barrington Public Library belongs to the statewide Ocean State Library Network (OSL). A "full access" OSL library card is free of charge as long as you live in a Rhode Island city or town whose library belongs to OSL. If you do not live in an OSL R.I. community as defined in the sentence above, but you own property in Rhode Island, you are entitled to a free "full access" card (proof of property tax is required). (As a local courtesy, students of St. Andrew's School in Barrington who board at the school are also eligible for a free card that is valid during the current school year.)
If you live outside of Rhode Island but the city or town in which you live has a library certified according to the requirements of your state, you may obtain a "full access" OSL library card so long as you pay an annual fee (currently set at $115 per year; subject to change). Check with library staff to see if your non-Rhode Island city/town meets this requirement. Any card so issued will be for an individual only and must be renewed each year.
Non-residents may opt instead to obtain a "local use only" library card. Such a card will only work at the library at which you obtain it (called the "home library") and may only be used to borrow that library's materials. (This means that you will be unable to place reserves on materials yourself. Library staff must place the holds for you, and only "home library" materials will be eligible for reserve.) The fee for a "local use only" card will be determined by each library's Board of Trustees. At the Barrington Library, the current fee for a "local use card" is $25 per year. A "local use" card may be issued at the discretion of the home library. Per OSL policy, a local library can decide to whom they want to give local cards. There is only one "local use" card allowed per person throughout the state (you may not obtain a "local use" card from multiple Rhode Island libraries.)
To apply for a library card, bring at least one piece of identification that shows your current address to the Circulation Desk. Valid identification includes:
1. One of the following: Driver's License, R.I. Identification card (from Dept. of Motor Vehicles), or Current
2. Car registration
3. Rental leases or receipts
4. Welfare cards
5. College ID (Students must have 2 forms of ID to verify both permanent address and local mailing address)
Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian when applying for a library card.
Once you have filled out an application and shown identification, you will receive an OSL card. The card can then be used to check out library materials.
If you lose your library card, please notify the Circulation desk immediately. Replacement cost for a card is $1.00, with one of the same forms of identification required for getting a card the first time. All fines and charges on a lost card must be paid before a replacement card will be issued.
Patrons may now receive notices of reminders of checked out items that are due back soon, overdue materials, and reserved items by email. To register for this service, please visit the Circulation desk.
All books, with the exception of reference books, rental books, and East Bay Literacy materials, circulate for 21 days.
A maximum of two rental books may be checked out at one time.
Back issues of magazines circulate for 21 days. Current issues of periodicals, reference periodicals (like ValueLine and Morningstar), and all newspapers do not ciruclate and must be used in the library.
Audiocassettes, Compact Discs, and Books-on-CD:
These items circulate for 21 days. There are no borrowing limits on them.
These single-unit audiobook titles circulate for 21 days, with a limit of one title per card.
Videocassettes and DVD's:
These items generally circulate for 7 days, with no borrowing limits on them. Certain mutiple-disc DVD's (like complete season sets of television series) circulate for 21 days.
These items generally circulate for 7 days, with a limit of three titles per card. Certain mutiple-disc Blu-ray titles (like complete season sets of television series) circulate for 21 days.
Kits (book/cassette or book/CD combinations) circulate for 21 days. There are no borrowing limits on them.
Toys and puzzles circulate for 21 days. There is a maximum of 2 toys/puzzles per card.
Materials borrowed from the Barrington Library may be returned to any library in Rhode Island with the exception of museum passes and out of system interlibrary loan materials.
All materials may be renewed for one additional 21-day period, with the exception of Videocassettes, DVD's, and Blu-ray titles, which may be renewed for an additional 7-day period. Renewals may be done at the Circulation desk, over the telephone (please have your library card number ready), or online. Materials that have been reserved by another patron may not be renewed.
Please note that renewal policies for items that we get for you from another library may not be the same as ours.
The Barrington Library only charges fines as a way of encouraging the prompt return of library materials so that they may be enjoyed by other library users. An overdue fine of 15 cents per day will be charged for all library materials except for Rental Books (see below). Fines are never calculated for days that the library is closed.
Maximum fines are $6.00 for adult books, periodicals, audiocassettes and compact discs, kits, and books-on-CD/Playaways, and $3.00 for children's materials in the same formats. Paperbacks and periodicals will have a maximum fine of half the cost of the item. Fines will never exceed the cost of the item.
The maximum fine is $15.00 for videocassettes, DVD's, and Blu-ray discs, never to exceed the cost of the item.
Rental books incur a daily fee of 25 cents, excluding days when the library is closed. The maximum rental fee is the cost of the book.
Please note that fines and fees for items that we get for you from another library may not be the same as our charges.
How can I pay my library fines and fees online?
The Pay Online button can be found by going to the Catalog and clicking on the "View Patron Record" link. Once you enter your library card number, you have access to several options, including “Pay Online”
What forms of payment are accepted for online payments?
The Library accepts MasterCard, Visa, and Discover cards. Billing on your credit card statement will indicate fees were paid to Ocean State Libraries.
Can I use PayPal for my online payment?
No, our system does not currently support payments via PayPal.
Is a service fee charged when paying fines online?
No, the library does not add an additional service charge when paying fees online.
Is there a minimum fine amount that can be paid online?
Yes, the minimum payment amount is $1.01. Once you’re in My Library Account, when you click Pay Online, all fines are pre-selected. If you do not wish to pay all of the fines, you can "uncheck" the fines you do not wish to pay at this time and hit recalculate to pay only the checked, selected fines. Each selected fine must be paid in full - you cannot pay a partial amount on a selected fine.
I have fines on my account but the Pay Online button does not show.
There is minimum payment amount is $1.01. If your fines are not at least this amount, the Pay Online button will not appear.
Can I get a refund for my online payment?
No, the Library is not able to issue credit or debit card refunds.
If I lost a book and paid for it and then find the book, can I get a refund?
If you have paid for a lost item that you find, whether you can receive a reimbursement or even a partial reimbursement for the replacement fee is at the discretion of each individual library. The Barrington Library
does not reimburse/refund for previously paid lost items that are then later found.
Why do the fines I just paid still appear on the "My Library Account" screen?
You must "refresh" that screen. When you do, it will accurately reflect your payment.
How do I get a receipt when I pay my fines online?
If you include an email address with the credit card information you submit, a receipt will be sent automatically to that email address. A payment receipt also displays online and may be printed. (NOTE: if you are using a computer within the library, please contact a staff member regarding a print-out of your receipt)
What does the error message below mean?
There is a problem with your patron record - payment not made - please see librarian for assistance.
This indicates the system was unable to access your library card record. Please try again later. If the error message displays after you attempt payment again, contact the library. As long as the error message displays, no payment is processed and no fines are cleared.
What happens if I receive a message that the transaction was declined?
Your fines and fees will remain on your account. Click on the VeriSign link for more information on possible reasons why the transaction was declined.
Lost or damaged materials will be billed at replacement cost. If you pay for a lost item and later find it, no refund will be given. However, you may keep the item.
Please note that the lost or damaged charges for items that we get for you from another library may not be the same as our charges.
The Library reserves the right to suspend your borrowing privileges if you owe more than $5.00 in fines, or if you have an outstanding bill for non-returned library materials.
The Library also reserves the right to permanently revoke your borrowing privileges in cases of theft or destruction of any type of library property.