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Library of Rhode Island Resource Sharing

Resource sharing allows Rhode Islanders to obtain resources from over 175 libraries across Rhode Island or from out of the state and pick them up at their local library.

The Library of Rhode Island is a multi-type library network managed by OLIS and governed by resource-sharing standards established by the Library Board of Rhode Island.


Rhode Island libraries are required to certify compliance with the Library of Rhode Island Standards and Regulations annually to gain or maintain membership within this resource sharing network. 

Library of Rhode Island members can access delivery services for interlibrary loans and other resource-sharing activities.

Library of Rhode Island members can access materials from other members or out-of-state libraries. 


To promote and support access to resource sharing materials and programs that foster professional, educational, and recreational enrichment for library staff and patrons in all types of libraries.


  1. Hold bi-monthly meetings to share best practices, innovations, and to address challenges.
  2. Identify educational and professional development needs, engage local, regional or national presenters, and to participate in the planning of programs.
  3. Keep up-to-date LORI resource sharing procedures.
  4. Conduct studies on trends, opportunities, and sustainability and implement changes when appropriate.
  5. To act in an advisory capacity to OLIS on Resource Sharing.

More about the Resource Sharing Working Group


Reports and data collected by OLIS as part of the annual certification process. 

Reports and Statistics 

AskRI serves as the online portal to the Statewide Reference Resource Center, which is managed by Providence Public Library and state funded via OLIS. Through AskRI, all Rhode Island residents and libraries have access to a collection of online resources and virtual reference services.