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Collection Development and Acquisitions

The processes of selecting and purchasing material for the James P. Adams Library.

HELIN Catalog

Use the HELIN catalog to locate books, e-books, documents, videos, and other library materials at RIC and other HELIN libraries. Use the Request button to get books from other libraries sent to Adams Library for you to borrow.

Below is the search box for the Catalog to find books, e-books, videos, CDs and government documents.

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Search the HELIN Catalog for Books, E-books, DVDs, CDs and more!
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Can't find what you want? Try searching other RI Libraries.
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For Professor use last name, e.g "Smith, John"

For Course use abbreviation, e.g. "MUS 100"
           or full name, e.g. "Music Appreciation"
           or course name, e.g. "Zoology 201"
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Freedom to Read

The right of intellectual freedom applies without exception to all library resources to which the Library provides access. The sole test of a controversial item will be its contribution, direct or indirect, to the academic program of the College and the informational needs of students.

The Library adheres to the principles of the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement, a joint statement by the American Library Association and the Association of American Publishers.

James P. Adams Library  ·  Rhode Island College  ·  600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence, RI 02908