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Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-277-5000


The Library on URI's Providence Campus

Telephone: 401-277-5130
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Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.



Photo of Man with an open bookWe have a collection of over 25,000 books, arranged on the shelves according to the Library of Congress Classification System. They are described in the HELIN Library Catalog, our electronic card catalog. (HELIN stands for the Higher Education Library Information Network.) Our online catalog allows you to view the card catalogs of all the libraries in the HELIN Consortium. Those libraries are: Community College of Rhode Island, Johnson and Wales University, Providence College, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University and the University of Rhode Island. In the HELIN catalog you may view your own record, see what is on Reserve, connect to electronic databases, and order books and journal articles to be sent to you anywhere in the HELIN system. Books at CCE have a location code of CCE. Books located at Kingston have a location code of URI.


We belong to a cooperative group of libraries known as HELIN. You need only one library card to use any of these libraries. Your CCE Student ID/Library Card may be used at any HELIN location. You may visit, check out library books, and use computer databases at all of the HELIN Libraries. You may also have materials from any of these libraries sent to you here.


We subscribe to approximately 300 journal titles in paper. We keep the current five years of each title. Some titles are archived on microfilm or microfiche. We also have access to hundreds of journals in electronic format in our Electronic Databases. Journal titles and holdings for each HELIN library are listed in the HELIN on-line catalog.


In paper format, these indexes are located in the middle section of shelves next to the Reference Collection. Indexes help you locate journal articles on the subject of your choice. We also offer a number of indexes and abstracts in electronic format. Access to these databases is available at the computer workstations.


We offer access to a number of databases which index periodicals and other kinds of publications in many subject areas. These are available through the HELIN Library online catalog. The databases to which we have access change frequently. Feel free to ask for assistance in choosing and using a database.


Reference books are compilations of facts, figures and other useful information. Those books are shelved on the half-height stacks directly in front of you as you enter the library. The call number of these books all begin with the abbreviation "REF." These books do not circulate.


If you wish to have a book from a HELIN library sent to you at another HELIN library, you may do so. When you find the record for the book you want, click on the button at the top of the screen which says "Request this item." Follow the on-screen instructions. Books generally arrive in three or four working days. Please DO NOT request items which are listed as AVAILABLE in your home library.


For books which are not available through HELIN and for journal articles not available at CCE, you may fill out an Interlibrary Loan request form. These forms are available at the Circulation Desk. We will use our national database to locate a library which owns the item you want and ask them to lend it to you through us. In general, there is no charge for this service. Delivery of these articles takes one week to ten days, on average.


Instructors may put items on Reserve for your class. To find out what is on Reserve you may look up your course by Instructor or by course code. If there is an electronic version of the item you want, it will be listed as such. Click on the item you want and it will appear, full text, on your screen. You may be asked for your name and library bar code to verify your identity. This makes some Reserve items available to you from ANY computer-at home, at work, or in another library.


The Library URL is www.uri.edu/library. The catalog is available to everyone. You may have to configure your browser in order to access restricted databases. To configure your browser, click on the button for proxy services and follow the instructions for the appropriate browser.


CCE instructors may request a library instruction session for any class. We will teach students how to use the various tools available in the library, including the computer databases. Classes can be geared to specific subjects and/or assignments. We also offer LIB 120, a 3-credit course in information literacy. It is an in-depth look at information retrieval and critical analysis, teaching information gathering, and management skills.