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 Library Services
& Special Collections


Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive Listening Device Logo These are available for use during open public meetings and library programs only.

In the case of library programs, please contact the library at least two business days prior to the event to reserve a device.


There is a coin-operated public copier located near the Reference Desk. Copies can be made in B&W or color for a per-page fee. The machine is capable of duplex copying and printing in black & white and in color, and it can make enlargements and reductions.


The coin-operated public copier can also print documents and images directly from your USB drive. All direct prints are in COLOR, and there is a per-page fee for printing.

Black and white and color laser printing is available from all the Library's public Internet stations. There is a per-page fee for all prints, and multiple copying is limited.

Wirelss, Mobile, & Remote Printing

Wireless printing from personal computers, laptops, tablets, phones, and other devices is available in the Library and from remote locations to the Library's printer using TBS' ePRINTit service.

eReader Device Borrowing

The Library has various eReader devices that can be borrowed for a maximum of 21 days. The borrower must have a valid library card and must sign an eReader Borrowing Agreement.

JMS eReader Borrowing Policy and Agreement

FAX Services

FAX service to and from the library is available ONLY on our FAX line 401-710-7772.

FAX Charges for both Outgoing & Incoming FAXES are—
— $1.00 per page up to a maximun of 20 pages.
— The cover sheet counts as one page.

NO FAXES will be sent 15 minutes prior to closing.

Staff will stop trying to send a fax after 2 busy signals or poor line condition.

We cannot FAX to international phone numbers.

Incoming FAXES:
— Please call the Library to let us know you are having a fax sent to you.
— Incoming FAXES can only be picked up during regular Library hours.

Computer Use & Internet Access

There are public computer stations located in the Reference area for the use of patrons over the age of 13. All are PC's are running Windows 10 Professional; all have Internet access and printing capabilities. Microsoft Office Suite 2016 is installed. You may sign into any available public computer using your Library Card. If you do not have a Library Card, you may request a Guest Pass at either the Reference or Circulation Desks.

Children ages 11 and under may use the computers in the Children's Department.

Please Note:

Our Internet access is filtered per CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act) requirements. Patrons who need to remove blocking may ask for assistance at the Circulation or reference Desks.

Parents Please Note:

The Library does not monitor or restrict children's computer use. If you do not want your child use the Internet computers, you must accompany your child to the library and monitor them yourself. [JMS Internet Policy]

Meeting Rooms

The Jesse M. Smith Library makes its meeting rooms available, free of charge, for use by non-profit organizations for non-commercial, cultural, educational and civic purposes. Room availability is contingent on there being no conflict with Library programs or meetings and Town programs and meetings, which have first priority at all times.

Please read the Meeting Room Policy for details about meeting room use and click here to download an Application Form. For more informaton about room reservations, please email

Assistive Listening Devices are available for use during open meetings and library programs only. In the case of library programs, please contact the library at least two business days prior to the event to reserve a device.

Microsoft Office Suite

All the public computers are running Microsoft Office Professional 2016 applications, including Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Excel, and Access.

Reference Desk

Our Reference Staff is available during regular library hours to assist patrons with reference questions and research projects. For immediate help, please call our Reference Department anytime during regular library hours.

If the Reference Department is closed, you can send your reference question to: or call 401-710-7800. We will try to respond as quickly as possible, but be aware that it may take one business day or so for us to get back to you.

For Reference help when our Reference Department is closed, you can use the resources at ASKRI.ORG.


There is a public color copier / scanner located in the Reference Area. There is no charge for scanning, and you can save the scannned documents (.pdf, compact pdf, .xps) or images (.tif) to your own flash drive.

There is also a Scan to Email feature on this copier. Simply scan your document, enter an email address and send.

The machine has a sheet feeder, and can scan both single and double-sided documents.

If you want to make a print from your scan, there is per page charge for printing.

Study Rooms

There are three quiet study rooms available. Only wireless Internet is available in these rooms.


There is a portable electric typewriter available for use. Please ask at the Reference Desk.

Wireless Internet

Public wireless service is available. Patrons can now easily connect their personal computers to our network in most areas of the library.

Please note:

Our wireless Internet access is also filtered per CIPA (Children's Internet Protection Act) requirements. Patrons who need to remove blocking may ask for assistance at the Circulation or Reference Desks.

Parents Please Note:

The Library can not monitor or restrict children's use of wireless devices. If you do not want your child use the our Wireless Internet access, you are responsible for preventing them from bringing their wireless devices into the Library.

Special Collections

The Library has a number of special collections. Please ask at the Reference Desk for more information about them.

Animal Husbandry

This collection covers care and maintenance of all types of pets and domestic animals, including some books on such fringe topics as aquaculture and gamekeeping. Our collection is geared towards the backyard farmer, homeowner, and hobbyist, not the commercial farmer or veterinarian.

Antiques & Collectibles

This collection tries to include material chosen from the persepctive of a collector. It also includes materials on repair and maintenance of antiques, the business of buying and selling (from flea markets to e-Bay). While it does include price guides, we do not purchase new editions of all topics every year.

The core of the collection is geared to background information and basic identification, not pricing.

Early Americana

This collection contains material on the cultural/social aspects of life in America from the colonial period through the 1850's, and is strong in architechture and domestic arts.

Some material on the Civil War era is included, as well as some later Victoriana, especially in the architectural section.

Local History

The library houses an eclectic and vast local history collection. We are a depository for many of the resources compiled by Pat Mehrtens, Burrillville Town Historian. If you would like to see what resources we have or would like to use our resources for genealogy or research, please make an appointment with the reference staff at (401) 710-7800 x 702.

Local History Access & Use Policy

Some online resources are:

Star Trek

The Library has accumulated an extensive collection of fiction and non-fiction from the Star Trek Universe and its spin-offs.