Here is a basic primer to library services on all three campuses, focusing on alterations in services in reaction to COVID-19. As always, we will do our best to support URI students, faculty, and staff during this challenging time. Please contact us if you experience any difficulties as you work or research.
Have suggestions or comments on services during the crisis? We want to hear from you!
All branches of the Libraries will be open to URI students, faculty, and staff, starting Monday 8/31. Unfortunately, the general public, including alumni, will not be able to use the collections during the Spring semester.
All URI Libraries branches are open to URI students, faculty and staff, although some services may be altered. (see below for details). Should you have additional questions regarding the use of the library, please visit the libraries' website for contact information, changes to hours of operation, and resources available.
The current hours of operation are:
The Robert L. Carothers Library & Learning Commons (Kingston)
The Feinstein Providence Campus Library (Providence) More information
The Pell Marine Science Library (Narragansett) More information
Individual offices and resources may not be open. See the complete Hours page for more details.
Digital Collections are completely accessible.
Due to the pandemic, we must insist that all visitors to the Library branches follow the expectations laid out in the Student Handbook. While we strive to be welcoming spaces, for the safety at all, violations will not be tolerated. The expectations include:
URI Libraries Services Currently Available
Almost all of the Libraries’ holdings of journals and magazines published since 2000 - and many before that date - can be accessed online using the search tools in the Articles & Databases link on the Libraries' website, and using the URI Libraries Search to look for specific periodicals or articles.
If you use Google Scholar, see the instructions for connecting Google Scholar to the URI Libraries.
If you are studying off-campus, and you connect to resources via the Libraries home page, you will automatically be connected to materials via our proxy server, which authenticates you as a URI student, faculty, or staff member. See https://uri.libguides.com/circulation/ezproxy for more information.
If a paywalled online information resource is set up to work with URI's proxy server, you can add https://uri.idm.oclc.org/login?url= before the URL to gain access, for example https://uri.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0896841120300469.
If your class could benefit from a librarian-led information literacy session, we can deliver sessions remotely. Contact Prof. Mary MacDonald, Information Literacy Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We know that students value the group study rooms as a place to interact with fellow students. Out of concern for student safety, we obviously cannot allow you to use the rooms at this time. However, there are online alternatives. Your campus Gmail accounts have Meet as an option -- video conferencing software for small groups. Additionally, the University offers access to Microsoft 365 which includes Zoom, Webex, and Microsoft Teams, both of which help with distance collaboration for small and larger groups.
The Library does not directly support these tools, so, if you have questions about their use, please contact the IT Service Desk at (401) 874-HELP, email@example.com, or meet with them online during their regular business hours via their website, linked below.
We will be adding to this page frequently as the situation changes, and as we develop better systems for providing you access to the materials you need for your research and studies. If you have suggestions, feel free to email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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