374 North Road
Hope, RI 02831
374 North Road
Hope, RI 02831
This page was last updated: May 29, 2018
Frequently Asked Questions
How to Apply for a Library Card
To receive a library card and check out or download materials, you must visit the library and present picture identification and documentation of a current Rhode Island mailing address. Documentation may include:
* Rhode Island Driver’s license or RI State ID card with picture
or 2 of the following forms of identification
* Postmarked mail addressed to you with your Rhode Island address
*Rhode Island car registration in your name
* Copy of a current lease with your name and Rhode Island address
* A utility bill with your name and Rhode Island address
*Tax bill with your name and Rhode Island address
*Bank statement with your name and Rhode Island address
Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Parents or guardians are responsible for library items and any late fees, lost or damaged item charges incurred by children under the age of 18.
Children must be present in order to be issued a library card and open a library account.
As a library cardholder you are responsible for the following:
* Returning all materials borrowed on your library card by the due date or paying late fees.
* Paying the replacement fees for library items that are lost or damaged while checked out to your account.
* Immediately reporting a lost or stolen card.
* Reporting any change of address, telephone number or e-mail address.
Library cards with an Ocean State Libraries logo are valid at all public libraries throughout the state.
Hope Library does not charge overdue fines on Hope Library books. In lieu of fines, we ask that you make a small donation to the library in the donation box located on the circulation counter.
The library does charge fines on all audio/visual materials, such as dvds, videos, cds, audiobooks and children's audio kits. Fines on these materials are $1.00 per day.
Although Hope Library does not charge fines on Hope Library books, if you receive a book from another library, late charges may be applied. Each library in Rhode Island sets its own policies regarding overdue fines. Books received through interlibrary loans are subject to the fines set by the owning library. If you have any fines in excess of $5.00, it will place a block on your account. To remove the block, you may pay your fines online while logged into your account, or you may pay at any public library.
Items can be renewed online by accessing your account information located in the " My Account Login" at the top of every page of our website. Login to your account by typing in the barcode numbers on your library card, or by calling Hope Library (401) 821-7910 during library hours. Please note that you will need your library card to renew items using any of the above renewal services.
Items that have HOLDS by other patrons are not renewable. Also, dvds, cds, videos and audiobooks are non-renewable.
How To Request Items
Items can be placed on HOLD by clicking on the "Library Catalog" button at the top of each page on our website. You can look up an item by Title, Author, Keyword, Series, or Subject. To request the item, click on "Request" to the right of the item information. You will be prompted to enter your library barcode and select your pick-up location. You may also call Hope Library during business hours and we can place the request for you. Items may be requested from any library in the state, including college libraries.
Lost and/or Damaged Items
You are responsible for any lost or damaged items checked out on your library card. A replacement fee for full value of the item will be assessed on your account. Borrowing privileges at all public libraries are revoked until restitution is made. The library DOES NOT accept replacement items by the patron. Lost items may be paid for at the library, or online.
Returning Library Items
Library materials from Hope Library may be returned at any public library in Rhode Island. Books returned when the library is closed may be placed in our bookdrop, located in front of the library. Please note that all dvds, cds, and audiobooks on cd must be returned inside the library or be returned in a dedicated Audio/Visual drop box. If an AV item is damaged after being placed in a bookdrop (instead of an AV Drop) you will be charged full replacement value for that item.
You can download books, movies, and music from E-Zone, by clicking on the "EZone Downloadable Books" button at the top of every page on our website. At the top of the screen, you will be prompted to Sign In. Type "Hope Public Library" in the box, and submit. You will then be asked to sign in with your library card number. Access the HELP menu to guide you through using and downloading materials. First- time use requires downloading the software provided with the program. You may also download the "Overdrive Media Console" App to your device. After this initial download you will be able to access materials to download to your computer, tablet, Nook, Kindle, MP3 player, iPod, IPhone, or Android phone . Please contact the library if you require any assisitance. You can also set up an appointment to have our staff get you started with your device.
Remember, you need to present your library card to check items out.
You may also use a photo of your card on your smart phone - please be sure to have the barcode numbers and signature visible in the picture.