There are two types of cards:
(1) "Full Access: library card:
-Allows reserving and borrowing materials from all Rhode Island libraries belonging to the statewide
-Free to R.I. residents from a city/town with a library belonging to OSL
-Free to R.I. property owners (most recent property tax bill required as proof)
-Free to boarding students of St. Andrew's School in Barrington (valid during current school year)
-For an annual fee of $115, available to residents of a non-Rhode Island city/town with a library certified according to their state's requirements (verified by library staff)
(2) "Local access" library card:
-Allows reserving and borrowing materials owned only by the library issuing the card (only one such card allowed per person throughout the state)
-For an annual fee of $25, available to non-residents who do not wish to pay for a full access card
To apply for a library card:
Bring a picture I.D. and at least one piece of identification with your current address to the Circulation Desk.
Valid identification includes:
1. State Driver's License, R.I. Identification card (from Dept. of Motor Vehicles), or Current Liquor I.D.
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 14 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian when applying for a library card.
To replace a library card:
Cost is $1.00; staff will ask for your address and phone number, and other information that uniquely identifies you, such as email address and birth date, that you gave us when you got your card.
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.
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.