CPL COVID-19 Update 3/14/20

The Cranston Public Library has always been a place that brings people, information, and ideas together to enrich lives and strengthen the community. During the past few weeks as the coronavirus spread, we have endeavored to make prudent decisions following guidance from the Governor and the Rhode Island Department of Health to balance the safety of our staff and the public, and provide exceptional library services to our community especially in a time of need. 

Due to the State of Emergency that has been declared in the City of Cranston and in consultation with Mayor Allan Fung and the Library Board of Trustees, we have decided it is in the best interests of our staff and the community to close all Cranston Public Library locations starting March 15th through March 22nd. 

During that time we ask our users to keep any library materials at home and do not try and return them until the library re-opens. All overdue fines will be waived. The RI Office of Library and Information Services has cancelled all interlibrary delivery from March 16th through March 20th.


While our physical buildings will be closed, the library's online services will be available 24/7:

-eZone - Borrow ebooks and digital audiobooks

-Kanopy - Feature films, documentaries and kids videos
-Tutor.com - Get help from a live tutor online!
-AskRI - Rhode Island's Statewide Reference Resource Center.
-Cranston historical newspapers - Explore historical Cranston newspapers from 1885-1977.

For reliable up-to-date information on "Coronavirus" COVID-19 please visit our resource guide at: https://cranstonlibrary.org/coronavirus-resources.

 Here is a link to the State of Emergency declaration: https://www.cranstonri.com/declaration-of-state-of-local-emergency/

 The library administration in consultation with the City of Cranston will continue to evaluate the COVID-19 outbreak as it develops to determine if the library should remain closed beyond March 22nd. We want to thank our library staff for their outstanding work during this stressful past week and we thank the Cranston community for your understanding and support.

Ed Garcia
Library Director