Rhode Island General Law 29-6-1 puts forth that free public libraries are essential to the general enlightenment of citizens in a democracy and shall provide for the cultural, educational, informational and research needs of all residents. Therefore, all Rhode Islanders should have free and equal access to:
- A full range of physical and virtual resources, information, instruction, programs and other library services;
- Courteous, competent, committed, and well-trained library staff;
- Professionally managed library services;
- Libraries governed by Boards of Trustees committed to the growth and development of local library services in their communities in the context of statewide library service to all;
- Resources of all the state’s libraries at their local library through the Library of Rhode Island;
- Expanded levels of service through cooperation and collaboration of libraries and community agencies; and
- Well-planned, equipped, and maintained facilities designed for the communities they serve.