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In December 2009, the Sherlock Center moved to a new location on RI College's East Campus. In addition to classroom and meeting space, the Center now includes a Resource Library that is open to the public. The Library has more than 2000 resources; with new resources being added daily.

Online Library Catalog

Library patrons can access the Online Library Catalog by clicking the link above. Materials can be borrowed for two weeks and can be reserved in advance through the Online Library Catalog or by calling the Sherlock Center. Patrons wishing to borrow materials will need to establish a Patron Account.

Patron Account Request Form

Patron Accounts can be requested using the electronic form above, by phone at 456-4773, or in person by visiting the Sherlock Center.

Loan Policy

Patrons may borrow books for two weeks (10 working days). There is no limit on the number of books borrowed. Books may be renewed as many times as necessary, as long as there are no "holds" placed against them. Renewals can be made in person, over the telephone at 456-4773, or by email (bpanicci@ric.edu). In order to renew books, borrowers must have the books in hand to reference the call numbers and bar code.

Fines for overdue books are assessed at the rate of 10 cents a day per book. The minimum fine is $1.50 per book; the maximum fine is $10.00 per book. There is a 14-day grace period for returning books without penalty. If materials are returned within this 14-day grace period, the overdue fee will be waived.

Books must be returned to the Sherlock Center during regular Library hours. Borrowers will be charged replacement fees for damaged or lost books. Library Reserves Patrons can reserve materials in advance through the Online Library Catalog or by phone at 456-4773. Patrons reserving by phone must be prepared with the title and call number. A Patron Account is necessary to reserve materials. Reserved materials must be picked up at the Sherlock Center during regular Library hours. Materials not picked up within 4 business days of the request will be released.


Library Hours

Year-round*:
9:00 - 4:00 Monday - Thursday
9:00 - 3:00 Friday

Spring Semester (1/18/2011 - 05/06/2011):
4:00 - 6:30 Wednesday & Thursday

*Hours may be reduced during summer months and major holiday periods such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. The Library is closed on major Holidays.

Adapted Literature

The Sherlock Center has adapted a variety of popular youth and children's literature using 'Writing with Symbols'. Stories are presented using simplified language accompanied by pictures and/or symbols. These abridged versions are intended to help include a child with significant disabilities in the general education classroom. They are not meant as a substitute for the complete version of a story.

Story Boxes are interactive kits developed to aid the learning of young children (pre-school through early elementary) with dual sensory impairments. Each Story Box contains a copy of the book, touchable/interactive items related to the story, and suggested activities. Story Boxes are available for loan though the Resource Library to classroom teachers that have students with dual sensory impairments.

Adapted Literature, Lessons, and Story Boxes are available for loan through the Resource Library. For a complete list, search the Online Library Catalog by subject using the keyword "Adapted Literature".

Most Adapted Literature and Lesson titles are available in electronic format and can be downloaded directly from the Online Library Catalog. Stories adapted to PowerPoint include sounds/music and allow a student to "click" along using a computer and mouse/switch. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to open PDF documents. If you would like to download a free version of Acrobat click the link from the menu on the left.

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