2007-05-17 / News

Rhode Island library consortium gets new look

The Jamestown Philomenian Library has been a proud member of the public library consortium formerly known as the Cooperating Libraries Automated Network or CLAN for almost twenty years. To celebrate the growth and expansion of their services, they are pleased to announce a new name and logo for this dynamic organization. The library is now part of Ocean State Libraries: Connecting Rhode Island. Ocean State Libraries, a consortium of 49 public libraries, was built on the premise that sharing resources with the help of new technologies best serves the residents of Rhode Island.

OSL serves the public through one library card that allows the holder to access any materials from any OSL library across the state. Including branch locations, OSL patrons can receive services at 73 locations. Materials are transported though a statewide delivery system, so they can be picked up at any member library and returned to the same member location, or any other. The OSL card allows patrons of any member library to be patrons of all the member libraries.

+ The 49 library systems in OSL offer access to a combined total of 4.4 million items

+ Over 6.9 million items per year are borrowed from member libraries

+ There are over 450,000 registered OSL library cardholders

+ OSL operates with an annual budget of $1.65 million derived from local support

+ More than 1.5 million items annually are sent through the statewide interlibrary loan system by OSL libraries

A Jamestown library card makes one a member of OSL. Anyone who does not have a Jamestown library card, can stop by and get one.

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