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Rhode Island Book Collection


The Rhode Island Book Collection contains books, printed materials, maps, and atlases which specifically document Rhode Island history. Most of the items in the collections are monographs, although there are also periodicals, maps, tax books, directories, state publications (published prior to 1900), and early Rhode Island almanacs. All the materials are cataloged and can be located in the HELIN library catalog with the designation URI RI Collection before the call number. Materials in the Rhode Island Collection do not circulate.

Eligible users and restrictions on use
Any qualified person doing scholarly research is permitted to use material housed in the Special Collections Unit. 

Before beginning research, everyone is required to sign the “Research and Guest Register.” A Research Form must be completed if the researcher is using manuscript or archival collections. Collections are used under specific restrictions and may not be removed from the Reading Room area or borrowed from the collections. Permission may be granted to obtain copies of items in the collections. A fee is charged for this service and the copying is performed by the staff. 

Care must be exercised at all times when handling materials. Consuming food or beverages, smoking, and the use of pens are not permitted.