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Rhode Island Library Information Network for Kids: About RILINK

RILINK's mission is to foster innovative learning and creative research in school libraries through partnerships and resource sharing for student success.

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Executive Director

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Technology Support Specialist


What is RILINK?

RILINK is a cooperative effort by Rhode Island school libraries to share their resources through an interactive, web-based catalog of library materials. Students and teachers at RILINK member schools can use their library catalogs to look for, and request, books or other items at member libraries.  Items requested are delivered to each school through the statewide library network. Currently, 193 school libraries working together form RILINK, sharing their books, audiovisual materials and expertise to provide better service to their 81,700 students and teachers.  (RILINK serves over 60% of Rhode Island K12 students.) Through RILINK and its online web-based union catalog, these students and teachers have access to more than one million books and audiovisual items and more than 85,000 subject-based web links that are K-12 appropriate, chosen for their relevance to curriculum subjects. Through the statewide library network, they also have access to the books and other materials in Rhode Island public and academic libraries. If what is needed can’t be found in Rhode Island, the statewide library network will forward their requests throughout the entire library world, through an online international catalog and interlibrary loan system called OCLC.  This means that...

Literally the entire world is open to students and teachers at RILINK schools, even to those students who cannot get to their local public libraries and must rely on whatever they can get through their school library.

RICAT, a complete, web-based library automation solution, uses Follett’s “Destiny” Library Manager software.   No local library software or servers are required; the library needs only PC or MAC computers with standard browsers and a good connection to the web.

Through RICAT, the library’s catalog is available in the library, in classrooms, and at home – wherever there is a connection to the World Wide Web.

RILINK's mission

To foster innovative learning and creative research in school libraries through partnerships and resource sharing for student success.

serves over 60% of Rhode Island K-12 students.

Members include:

  • 115 elementary schools
  • 5 elementary/middle schools
  • 5 K-12 schools
  • 30 middle/jr. high schools
  • 7 middle/high schools and
  • 31 high schools

- a total of 193 members in 33 school districts as of October 2017.

How do I become a member of RILINK?

To become a member of the RILINK community complete the application provided.  Please note- the application references the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century LearnerMore information about the standards are available on the AASL site.

What is RICAT?

RILINK is offering a shared Destiny system for Rhode Island school libraries, which we call RICAT.  Destiny is Follett’s web-based library automation software.

Have more questions?

Still have questions?   Contact RILINK at