Loan Periods and Late Fees

Materials may be checked out for the following loan periods. Please note late fees. Any materials not returned within 30 days of the due date will be charged to the account.

Children's Books, CDs, Books on CD, Magazines 21 days No Late Fees
Magazines 7 days No Late Fees
Books 21 days No Late Fees
7 Day Books 7 days $.50 per day
Music CDs, Books on CD 21 days No Late Fees
Entertainment DVDs - Adult and Children's 7 days No Late Fees
Overnight DVDs 1 day $1.00 per day
All other DVDs 21 days No Late Fees
Museum Passes 1 day $5.00 per day
Hotspots, iPads and Chromebooks 14 days $2.00 per day


  • All items checked out for 21 days may be renewed twice, unless someone is waiting for them.
  • A maximum of 99 items can be checked out at one time.
  • A maximum of 25 holds (requests) can be on a patron's account at one time.
  • A maximum of 10 DVDs can be checked out at one time.
  • The cost of items not returned within 30 days of the due date will be charged to the patron's library account.


Renewing Materials

Renew online at My Account or by calling 739-5440. We honor the loan periods and fine structures of the owning library's items sent through the State's delivery system.

Please see your receipt for due dates, or contact the library for more information: 739-5440.  The cost of items not returned within 30 days of the due date will be charged to the patron's library account. The account will be blocked from usage until the replacement charges are paid or until the items are returned.


Computer and Internet Policy  

In accord with our Mission Statement, the Warwick Public Library endeavors to develop resources and services to meet the informational needs of our community. Advances in technology have made possible many new library resources, some of which are used and accessed in ways different from print media. This statement is intended to outline library policies and user responsibilities regarding electronic resources and the Internet. Most electronic information resources, including the Internet, are accessed through public-access computer workstations at the Library. Use of any computer workstation shall constitute acceptance by the user of the Library's policies, and agreement to follow these policies. This acceptance is reaffirmed each time a workstation is used.


The Internet is a global electronic network that offers access to a nearly unlimited variety of materials and information. However, the quality of that information varies greatly. Not all resources on the Internet provide information that is accurate, complete, current, or legal. Some Internet sites contain material that you may find to be offensive, disturbing, and inappropriate for children. The Warwick Public Library does not monitor and has no control over the content of materials on the Internet, which often changes rapidly and unpredictably.


Users are responsible for the choice of Internet sites that they visit, and the Warwick Public Library cannot be held responsible for the contents of any site. Just as the Library does not vouch for or endorse the viewpoints of written materials, we do not do so for electronic information, including Internet sites.


Library staff can provide guidance to users, and suggest appropriate sites. Our home page offers easy and convenient access to valuable local, national, and international resources.


In no event shall the Warwick Public Library have any liability for lost profits or for any direct or indirect special, punitive, or consequential damages, or any liability to a third party, even if the Library is advised of the possibility of such damages, arising from the use of its connection to the Internet.


As with other library materials, restriction of a child's access to the Internet is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. The Warwick Public Library does not serve in loco parentis; the Library cannot usurp the right and responsibility of parents and guardians to supervise children's use of the Internet. Please read "My rules for Online Safety" and the pamphlet "Parents, Kids, and the Internet" for more information. Our Kids Page provides a great starting point for children's use of the Internet.



 All users of computer workstations must agree to abide by the following rules:

  • Computers will not be used for illegal activities, to access illegal materials, or to access materials that by local community standards would be obscene.
  • The installation, downloading, or modification of software is prohibited.
  • Users will make no attempts to modify or gain access to system files, passwords, or data.
  • Users will make no changes in the setup or configuration of software or hardware.
  • Users will make only authorized copies of software or data, and are responsible for compliance with all international, national, and state laws governing copyrighted materials.
  • Users will end their session and leave the workstation when asked to do so by Library staff.
  • Under no circumstances may personal software or equipment be used on the Library's workstations or network.
  • Users shall not behave in a way that intrudes upon the rights of others. Users are prohibited from invading the privacy of other library users, harassing the Library staff or users, and damaging or disrupting computer equipment.
  • No library user is permitted to use a computer to view obscenity, child pornography, or to display any illegal content, or, if a minor, to view materials harmful to minors in violation of federal, state and/or local laws.
  • All users agree to abide by the decision of Library staff regarding any and all use of computer equipment.
  • The Library reserves the right to restrict access to particular Internet sites, or to limit use of equipment for any reason deemed to be in the best interest of the community. Web management software may be employed to accomplish the objectives of these policies. Any individual whose behavior violates Library policies or otherwise misuses computer resources will be subject to the loss of computer privileges, potential loss of library privileges, and possible prosecution.

Approved by Library Board of Trustees 6/28/02


3D Printer Policy 

Intended use of the Library’s 3D printer is primarily as an educational tool.

  • All print jobs must be submitted to a staff member for processing
  • Print files must be in STL format
  • Print jobs cannot exceed 3 hours in length
  • Staff will contact you with questions regarding your print via email, a rough timeline of when it will be completed, and how much it will cost.* 
  • Staff will notify you via email when the print is complete.

 * Price - 5 cents per gram currently, but can change at any time. 

 DISCLAIMER – 3D Printing is a process that is complicated and often involves troubleshooting.  We cannot guarantee we will be able to complete a print job.  We will contact you ASAP if this is the case.

 Library staff reserve the right to refuse to print items that are:

  • Prohibited by local, state or federal law
  • Unsafe, harmful, dangerous or pose an immediate threat to the well-being of others.
  • Obscene or otherwise inappropriate for the Library environment.
  • Violate copyright or intellectual property rights of another.  

 The Library is not responsible for the subsequent safety of any item made with the 3D printer.

 Items not picked up after a month will become the property of the Warwick Public Library.

[Approved by Board of Trustees 8-2018]


Interlibrary Loan Policy

The Warwick Public Library is a member of the Ocean State Libraries (OSL) consortium and the Library of Rhode Island (LORI).  This policy will defer to OSL and LORI rules should there be a conflict.

Anyone with a library card issued at an OSL library may freely borrow materials from the Warwick Public Library.

Interlibrary loan service is available to valid library card holders, except those holding local-use-only cards.  Library holdings may be requested via the OSL electronic catalog.  These include materials belonging to any public library in Rhode Island, as well as materials owned by college and university libraries that are members of LORI.  Availability of these items is dependent on the owning library’s policies.  Items not found in LORI libraries can be requested from out of state.  A one-way shipping charge is required for out-of-state materials and requests are limited to five per month.

 Warwick Public Library materials that can be reserved are available for interlibrary loan with the exception of items classified as equipment or ereader.

 [Approved by Trustees 11-19-15, Rev. 3-28-18]


General Policies

Please Do:

  • Ask a librarian for help
  • Expect prompt, efficient, courteous treatment from Library staff
  • Check out circulating books and other materials
  • Make appropriate use of interlibrary loan services
  • Suggest new materials and services
  • Expect the Library to buy current best sellers and popular materials
  • Read, study, or use Library materials
  • Expect a clean, safe, reasonably quiet building


So that All May Enjoy the Library, Please Do Not:

  • Engage in any illegal activity or behavior
  • Harass other Library patrons or Library staff
  • Vandalize library facilities, equipment, or materials
  • Use obscene or inappropriate language or behaviors
  • Use cell phones in public service areas of the Library
  • Smoke in the Library
  • Enter the Library under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Enter the Library without wearing a shirt or shoes
  • Bring in animals except those licensed as aides for the disabled
  • Sell, solicit, panhandle or loiter on Library premises
  • Rollerblade, skate, or skateboard in the Library or on Library walkways
  • Leave bicycles in the vestibule or hallway-there is a bike rack available
  • Anyone who fails to observe these guidelines may be asked to leave the premises. Bicycles left in the Library will be moved to the bike rack.

[Adapted from the Library Behavior Policy]



Unattended Children Policy and Procedures

One of the primary missions of the Library is to provide a variety of services for children of all ages. The Library encourages visits by young children, and it is our desire to make these visits both memorable and enjoyable for the child.


The Library is, however, a public building, and as such, is not necessarily a safe place to leave a child unattended. (A child is considered unattended if he/she is in the library without a parent or responsible caregiver over the age of 14.) The Library will abide by the following policy and procedures for dealing with children left unattended in the library.


  1. Children under the age of 10 may not be left unattended for any length of time.  This includes children participating in library-sponsored programs; a parent or other responsible caregiver must remain in the Library during the program.
  2. Parents and other caregivers have a responsibility to know the hours of the Library and to pick up their child before the library closes. The police may be called if a child of any age is not picked up at closing time.
  3. Under no circumstances will a staff member give a child a ride home. Staff members may only take children outside for sanctioned library activities.
  4. The Library does not assume responsibility for a child left unattended in the Library.
  5. If a staff member finds an unattended child, under the age of 10, the following steps will be taken:
    1. The staff member will determine if the parent is in the Library. If so, the staff member and child will attempt to locate the parent.
    2. If the parent is not in the Library, the staff member will attempt to contact the parent at home or work using information provided by the child, the patron database, or the telephone directory. If contacted, theparent will be told that their child must be picked up immediately.
    3. If the parent cannot be located, or if a contacted parent has not picked up their child within an hour of being called, the staff member will contact the police.
  6. Children 10 and older are considered to be ،،on their own” in the library. All Library patrons, regardless of age, are subject to Library rules concerning disruptive behavior.


Approved by Warwick Public Library Board of Trustees 8/27/03

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