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The University Libraries hold over 1.7 million volumes. In addition to the physical collections, the Libraries provide online access to periodicals, reference databases, and a growing number of e-books. The University Libraries also house a number of specialized collections:
The Curriculum Materials Library offers resources for students and researchers in the field of education.
DigitalCommons@URI is an institutional repository that showcases the diverse array of materials produced by the University of Rhode Island community. Its purpose is to capture, organize, disseminate, preserve and promote the cultural and scholarly record. Providing free and open access to URI’s intellectual and creative output supports the University’s core mission of education as a public good.
The Government Publications collection consists of publications produced by both the federal government and the state of Rhode Island. Although the University of Rhode Island is a selective depository for U.S. government documents, our collection of federal documents is the largest in the state of Rhode Island.
The Media Resource Center serves the University of Rhode Island libraries and community by providing dramatic, documentary, entertainment and educational media in support of the University curriculum. The Media Resource Center (MRC) is the URI Library’s primary collection of materials in electronic non-print (audio and visual) formats.
The Special Collections Unit provides access to its holdings of unique research collections. Collections of primary and secondary resources are acquired, organized, and preserved by the Library and are made available to qualified researchers. In addition, the Unit maintains a working letterpress printing shop, the New Leaves Press, established in 1976.