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 What is AskRI?

The Providence Public Library serves as Rhode Island’s Statewide Reference Resource Center (known as AskRI) with state funding provided via the Office of Library and Information Services (RIGL 29-6-9).

 The Goal

The program is to provide quality reference services and resources to all residents of Rhode Island.

 How do we carry this out?

AskRI reference services are available online to all residents of Rhode Island and other free libraries at least 40 hours per week. Most online resources are available 24/7 365 days of the year.

 How are these services funded?

AskRI is the online portal for all services of the Statewide Reference Resource Center at Providence Public Library. Statewide databases are provided through cooperative purchasing and cooperative purchasing agreements among Rhode Island’s library consortia: HELIN (academic libraries), Ocean State Libraries (public libraries) and RILINK (school libraries). Selection of databases is determined by the consortia of consortium, represented by a database advisory group. Coordination of and funding for statewide databases is provided by the State of Rhode Island via the Office of Library and Information Services with a funding contribution from Ocean State Libraries for the purchase of EBSCO products and AtoZ Databases; additional funding for databases is provided through the federal Library Services and Technology Act administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 Where is AskRI?

Providence Public Library
150 Empire St.
Providence, RI 02903