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Statewide Reference Resource Center

Providence Public Library serves as Rhode Island's Statewide Reference Resource Center (SRRC) with state funding provided via the Office of Library and Information Services (per RIGL 29-6-9). The goal of the program is to provide quality reference services to all residents of Rhode Island.

AskRI serves as the online portal to the Statewide Reference Resource Center. Through AskRI, Rhode Islanders and Rhode Island libraries have access to a collection of online resources (databases and electronic services) and virtual reference services. While online resources are available 24/7, online reference is available at least 60 hours a week.

AskRI: Visit to explore the research databases, online learning platforms, and other resources offered.