OLIS Library Card and Interlibrary Loan Policy


The Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS) Library is a member of the Ocean State Libraries (OSL) consortium. OLIS may issue OSL cards (“OLIS Library Card”) to libraries that are members of the Library of Rhode Island (LORI) but do not belong to the OSL library consortium. An OLIS Library Card enables these libraries to initiate a request on behalf of a patron using the OSL online catalog. Both the requesting and supplying libraries can track the requests and monitor the loan status online.

Libraries that are current members of LORI in good standing (not owing billed items to any other LORI library) may apply for an OLIS Library Card. After the card is issued, OLIS reserves the right to suspend the borrowing privileges when the library fails to respond to invoices for lost or damaged items within 60 days. The OLIS Library Card is good for one year and will expire each year on July 1st. Libraries need to contact OLIS via email request Kelley.Lima@olis.ri.gov each year to renew their library card.

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Processing Requests for Non-OSL, Non-HELIN Libraries

Interlibrary Loan Policy


The OLIS Library complies with the Library of Rhode Island Standards and Regulations. Any library that is issued an OLIS Library Card must also comply with them. Failure to do so will result in revocation of OLIS Library Card privileges.

Interlibrary loan service is available to valid OLIS Library Card holders. Card holders may place Holds on materials accessible through the OSL catalog. The borrower must honor the set due date and the conditions of loan. Renewal requests should be made prior to the item due date. An item that cannot be found through the OSL online catalog web interface but is in the collection of another LORI library may be requested using the LORI Book and Article Request Form. If the items cannot be found in a LORI library, the item may be requested through the OLIS ILL Clearinghouse.