State House, 2nd floor
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 222-2473
Fax: (401) 222-3034
Open to the public
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The State Publications Clearinghouse was established as a section of the Rhode Island State Library in 1985 (Rhode Island General Law 29-7). Its main purpose is to maintain a complete and permanent collection of state publications. The Clearinghouse also systematically collects and distributes state publications to 24 other state depository libraries in order to facilitate public access to state government information.
Each state agency is required to deposit with the Clearinghouse a minimum of 25 copies of a state publication prior to its public release. The Clearinghouse then distributes these copies to depository libraries. This provides an effective vehicle accessing state publications throughout the state.
There are 10 full and 13 selective state depository libraries throughout the state. Each depository library is required to maintain and make available to the general public state publications produced in the last five years. The State Library, State Archives, Providence Public Library and the University of Rhode Island Library each retain all state documents permanently.