Circulation Policy     Revised 1/22/2020

Middletown Public Library is a member of the statewide Cooperating Libraries Automated Network called Ocean State Libraries (OSL), which links over 50 public libraries in Rhode Island. Middletown Public Library FULL ACCESS cards may be used at other OSL libraries to borrow materials. Your card is your responsibility. It is not transferable and patrons are responsible for materials borrowed on their card.

Items may only be checked out with a valid OSL card or a current driver’s license with picture. Items can be held for up to 48 hours at the circulation desk for return pickup.

Obtaining a Library Card

To obtain a free library card: A RI resident must present a valid RI ID or license with his/her current address or a valid picture ID along with verification of address, such as a bill, car registration, check-book, or lease.   A library card is valid for three years.

Active duty military personnel must present military ID and proof of residency as stated above.

Acceptable ID for out of state residents who are currently attending school in RI would include a student ID, course schedule, or a tuition bill.

Children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian with proof of residence.  The cardholder or parent/guardian of a juvenile cardholder is responsible for materials borrowed on his/her card.

Out of state residents can purchase a one year FULL ACCESS card for $155 or a one year LOCAL USE ONLY card for $10. A FULL ACCESS card may be used at other OSL libraries to borrow materials and to place reserves. A LOCAL USE ONLY card can only be used at the issuing library. It cannot be used to place reserves, to access eZone materials, or to borrow an ipad.

If a card is lost or stolen, notify the library immediately. A fee of $1.00 is charged to replace a lost card for patrons who present a valid ID.

You may apply online for a library card here.

Loan Periods

Material TypeLoan Period
Books, Audiobooks, CDs, Magazines3 weeks
Discount Passes1 week
DVD Series3 weeks
DVDs1 week
Express Collection1 week
Tablets3 weeks
eZone Downloads1, 2, or 3 weeks
Freegal MusicKeep downloads
Hoopla Digital72 hours, 1 week or 3 weeks
Kanopy Streaming72 hours
RB Digital MagazinesKeep downloads

Loan Limits
Certain materials have limits on how many items can be borrowed at one time.

Material TypeNumber of Items
CDs and Audiobooks6
Discount Passes1 per venue
eZone Downloads8
Kanopy Streaming6 per month
Hoopla Digital6 per month
Freegal Music5 songs per week


OSL libraries allow two renewals on most items. Some materials are renewed automatically; however this service is not available to local access cardholders.  Material can also be renewed in person at the library, over the phone, or through the online catalog. Discount passes are not renewable as well as material that is on hold or reserved for another patron.

Fines and Fees

Fines are charged for overdue materials. Fees are charged for certain services, replacement of lost items, and replacement of lost cards.

Non-perishable food is accepted as payment for fines assessed on Middletown owned materials only.

At the discretion of the owning library, fees may be assessed for damaged materials. Exact replacement copies of lost items may be accepted in lieu of payment for assessed charges at the discretion of the owning library.

Middletown Public Library and/or OSL reserve the right to deny checkout privileges to anyone owes fines of more than $5.00 at any OSL library.

Overdue Fines

Material TypePer DayMaximum
Print and CDs$.10$6
Express Collection$.25$6
Discount Passes$5Replacement cost
Tablets$5Replacement cost

Other Charges

Lost ItemsReplacement cost
Inter-library loan chargesDetermined by the owning library

Reserves (also known as holds) 

LOCAL ACCESS ONLY cardholders are not allowed to place reserves.

Patrons with FULL ACCESS library cards may place up to 25 reserves on circulating items owned by Ocean State Libraries from a personal computer or at the libraries’ WEBPACs. All discount passes and some libraries’ audio visual materials are excluded.

Patrons may reserve up to 6 eZone downloads.

Materials from universities and out of state libraries may be requested through the Reference Department. A small fee for postage may be charged.

Patrons may choose to be notified either by email or with an automated phone call when their reserved item arrives. Reserved material is held at the Circulation Desk for 7 days. A hold is cancelled and the item is placed back in circulation if not picked up within the reserved time.

Reserved eZone downloads are held for 3 days.