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Borrowing & Reserves

Loan Periods

Most books, including new books, may be borrowed for four weeks. DVDs and other audiovisual materials may be borrowed for one week.

Items may be renewed twice if no one else is waiting for them. You may be able to renew online by signing in to your My Library Account.

RI Resident Special Borrower's Card

Rhode Island residents who are not CCRI students and are at least 18 years of age may apply for a special borrower's card. A photo ID with your current RI address must be presented as proof of residency.

The card can be used for limited borrowing privileges at the CCRI and Rhode Island College libraries.

Library Card

Your CCRI Student ID serves as your library card, once you have it activated.

Activate your ID at the Library Circulation Desk and reactivate it each year you are a CCRI student.

Use your activated card to borrow material from the HELIN member libraries.

You also need your ID to print and photocopy in the library.


You may order materials from most HELIN libraries directly from the Library Catalog. You will need your library card to complete this transaction. Some materials may not circulate.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Still searching for an elusive title? If it's for a CCRI research project, you may need to request it as an Interlibrary Loan (ILL). View our ILL Policy and Procedures.


Items that your professor has placed on reserve are kept at the Circulation Desk. You will need your library card to access them.

You can search for Course Reserves by Course Name or Instructor.

Most reserve materials are for library use only.

Fines & Lost/Damaged Library Material

Please return items promptly. Items can be returned to the book drops at each library on all campuses. To return items without entering the building, please use one of the outdoor book drops. 

Overdue fines for circulating reserves are $1.00 per day.

Lost or damaged CCRI items are billed at $50 per item. Lost or damaged HELIN items are billed at $75.

Please search for the library materials, we prefer to have the item returned. If you choose to pay the fine, all payments are final. No refunds can be issued. 

You will not be able to register for additional classes, graduate, or receive a transcript until your obligation to the library has been met.

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