These services are available to help you with your research and information needs.

Circulation & Borrowing

The Circulation Desk can help you make sure your URI ID is active as a library card and assist you in requesting and renewing books.


Instructions for copying, printing, and scanning. For questions, please contact ITS.

Digital Initiatives

The Digital Initiatives unit of the University Libraries offers services for the URI community in the areas of sharing and archiving digital materials, digital publishing, Open Access, and more. We create, manage, and provide access to digitized library and archival collections, as well as collect and preserve current URI publications and digital projects. Check out our current list of digital collections.

Distance Learners

The University Libraries provide support to distance learners. A distance learner is anyone who is enrolled in courses delivered online on course management systems – such as Brightspace – or other delivery methods where in-person visits to campus are not required.

Instruction Services & Information Literacy

The University Libraries offer an array of instruction resources to support research and teaching.

Interlibrary Loan

An interlibrary loan (ILL) is a loan made by another library to the University Libraries, so that a researcher here may have access to materials URI does not own. Copies, rather than original materials, may sometimes be supplied.

URI Open Access Fund

Support for faculty authors who wish to submit articles for publication in open access journals.

URI Makerspace

Come innovate with us in the University Libraries’ Makerspace. Providing access to 3D printers and prototyping software, virtual reality hardware, and more.


The Reserves collection contains material designated by university faculty as high-use or required readings for specific courses. Items on reserve for a course may include books, and special items loaned by faculty. A number of high-use items unrelated to specific courses are also located on reserve.


Check out many different types of spaces at the URI Libraries that will meet the diverse learning and teaching needs of the URI students and faculty.