Mission Statement

The Pontiac Free Library strives to provide reading, entertainment, and informational resources for all our patrons in a pleasant and inviting atmosphere. We endeavor to meet the needs of our patrons by providing a well-rounded collection of leisure reading and audiovisual materials as well as reference resources in a variety of formats utilizing the latest technologies, including internet access.

Service Statement

The Pontiac Free Library primarily serves the Pontiac Village community of Warwick and surrounding areas of Warwick and Cranston. As a member of the Ocean State Libraries consortium (OSL), the Pontiac Free Library allows full access to its materials and services at no charge to all residents of Rhode Island, as well as other states who pay a yearly non-resident fee of $125.00.

The Pontiac Free Library follows the ALA Bill of Rights in making the use of the library available to any patron without discrimination because of age, gender, race, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation or physical characteristics.

The library is staffed with friendly and professional people who provide prompt and courteous service to patrons.

Confidentiality rights of all library patrons will be upheld as provided in the ALA Code of Ethics.

In keeping with the mission statement, the library purchases materials in various formats that can be used for recreational, informational or educational purposes. Such materials include books, newspapers, magazines, DVDs, audio books, museum passes, maps, e-books, and online databases.

In addition, the Pontiac Free Library offers programs for all ages, computers with internet access, word processing, and spreadsheet capabilities, The Library web site provides access to the online catalog, library program offerings, and additional online resources.

The Pontiac Free Library is a member of the Ocean State Libraries network.  We abide by the consortium policies with regard to borrowing privileges and the sharing of library materials.

Revised March 8, 2018

Interlibrary Loan Policy

The Pontiac Free Library is a member of the Ocean State Libraries (OSL) Consortium and the Library of Rhode Island (LORI).

Anyone with a library card issued at an OSL library may borrow materials from the Pontiac Free 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 participate in InRhode.  Availability of these items is dependent on the owning library’s policies.  Items not found in the public or InRhode libraries can be requested from other colleges and universities in Rhode Island.  If the items are not found, they may be requested from out-of-state.  A one-way shipping charge may be required for out-of-state materials. We do not charge overdue fines for ILL materials returned late. Due date is usually one month, however the date is set by the owning library and therefore may be less than one month. Renewals may be requested.

Pontiac Free Library materials are available for interlibrary loan with the exception of items for which reserves are not allowed.

Approved by the Board of the Pontiac Free Library on January 26, 2016.

Revised March 8, 2018


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