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Circulation: 401-865-1993
ResearcHub: 401-865-2581
Text a Librarian: 401-484-7004

​Library Policies


The Phillips Memorial Library is open to the public, but guests should sign in at the front desk. Check the visitor information page for more information.
Members of the PC community must activate their library account every academic year (please stop by the Circulation desk). If you are a full-time undergraduate student, your library account expires in May of your year of graduation. Please call 401-865-1993 or email if you have any questions.
Guest computer use is available at 4 workstations to the left of the ResearcHub office. If you would like to use one of the four guest computers, please ask a library staff member to log you on. There is no public wireless access available.
For more details see our library policies page
Check the library hours page to keep up to date on the current hours of operation.
Public printing is available by authentication or by purchasing a Guest card only. Guest cards may be purchased for $1 from the card machine in the Copier area on the Main Level. Guest cards may also be used on library copiers. Balances on guest cards may also be replenished in denominations of $1, $5, $10, $20, etc., but the machine does not make change.
Printing costs:
Single-sided black and white - $0.08/page
Double-sided black and white - $0.05/page
Single-sided color (if available) - $0.50/page
Double-sided color (if available) - $0.25/page
Please see a staff member at any service desk for assistance.
The Phillips Memorial Library recognizes there are occasions when patrons need to use their cell phones in the library. However, ringing phones, loud conversations, and conversations in inappropriate places make library use difficult for many people.
The following guidelines should be followed:
Turn all ringers to silent or vibrate as soon as you enter the library.
Limit cell phone conversations the following areas in the library:
1. The lower level near the vending machines
2. The main level near the copy machines and the lobby area
3. The upper level near the copy machine and elevator
Conversations should be brief and conducted in a low voice. Please be aware that library staff will determine if your conversation is at an inappropriate level and may ask you to end the call or leave the building to continue your conversation if you are unable to keep your voice at an acceptable level.
Because most of the periphery in the upper level is intended for quiet or reflective study, we ask that cell phones not be used for conversation in these areas.
Texting is always an acceptable silent option.
Snacking is permitted in the Phillips Memorial Library. Vending machines are located on the lower level of the library. All beverages must have a lid. Soda cans and open cups are not permitted.
Snacking is encouraged to take place on the lower level. Food should be limited to snack food. Foods such as sandwiches, pizza, etc. are not permitted in the library.
Please be considerate of the people around you and the people who will use your workstation after you. If you wish to have a snack or beverage in the library, it is your responsibility to pick up and dispose of your trash properly in the one of the many trash receptacles provided throughout the library.
The Phillips Memorial Library waives bills and fines for PC-owned books once they are returned or replaced. However, you must reconcile your bills and fines with other HELIN schools by calling them or goin in-person. We do not handle other school libraries’ fines or payments.
The federal Copyright Law (Title 17, United States Code, Section 101 and following) requires all members of the Providence College community to respect the proprietary rights of owners of copyrights and to refrain from actions that constitute an infringement of copyright or other proprietary rights.
Copyright Compliance Guidelines have been developed to assist members of the community to comply with federal copyright law. Members of the Providence College community are expected to become familiar with these Copyright Guidelines, to act with careful consideration of their requirements, and to seek assistance whenever necessary and as directed.
Willful disregard of Providence College’s Copyright Policy by members of the community may result in personal liability in the event that legal action is taken against them. Further, the College may refuse to defend employees named in a court suit and employees may be personally liable for any damages incurred as a result of the copyright violation.
View the full copyright policy here:
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