Live Chat

Questions? Chat Now!

Ask RI chat

Provided by the State of Rhode Island's Office of Library and Information Services and staffed by librarians from The Providence Public Library.


Log on (available 2-10 pm, 7 days a week)

Online tutors provide live homework help from 2-10 pm daily during the school year (September-June) for students in kindergarten through introductory college. Also available in Spanish.

For more comprehensive homework help, please visit your public library.

Chat & SMS Hours

  • Monday + Wednesday - 8:30am - 8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday - 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

More Resources

For more AskRI, please visit the complete AskRI Web site, where you'll find even more resources.

How we can help:
  • Locating the appropriate state agency that can handle your question and provide you with other information or suggestions
  • Answering specific questions regarding Rhode Island government, Rhode Island history, attractions and local information
  • Directing you to appropriate online information resources
  • Assisting you with search strategies

Email your question

Got a question about Rhode Island, or Rhode Island state or local governments? Not sure where to start? Ask a librarian and get the information you need! Please contact us directly at or via our contact page.

By email

If your browser does not support forms, please contact us directly at

Text A Librarian

You may also text an AskRI reference librarian at Providence Public Library.
Text* your question to (401) 608-1ASK (1275)during the following office hours:

  • Monday + Wednesday - 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • *standard text messaging rates may apply.
Who we are

This service is a partnership between and the Providence Public Library and is funded by the RI Office of Library and Information Services. The service is designed to assist you in finding the information you need about Rhode Island.