Cranston Public Library is closed during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please check here for up-to-date information. 

Cranston Public Library Closed During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Cranston Public Library responds to COVID-19 Outbreak


In an effort to maintain social distancing guidelines, the Cranston Public Library will remain closed until further notice. Library staff will be focusing on providing digital resources during this closure of our physical buildings.
We will continue to consult with the Mayor's office and Library Board of Trustees and rely on guidance from the Governor and Department of Health to determine when the library will be able to reopen to the public. We ask our library patrons for your understanding and patience during this time of uncertainty. We also ask you to keep your library materials at home and to not return them until we reopen. Please see below important information concerning due dates and fines.
Previous Updates: 

Important information about library services:

Due Dates - All due dates on current loans have been extended to May 1. You DO NOT need to return materials until we reopen. 

Fines - Libraries have agreed to waive fines from March 1 through the end of this public health crisis.

Holds - Ocean State Libraries has disabled the ability for patrons to place holds from the catalog so that we don't create false expectations for when holds may be able to be picked-up. Holds that are currently on our shelves waiting to be picked-up will be available for up to one week after re-opening.

Library Cards -  If you don't already have a library card, you can apply for one online here: Our staff is ready to expedite the application process. 

We have extended any card that was about to expire to a new expiration date of May 1. If you have any problems with your CPL library card please email  and we will help you!

Donations - DO NOT drop donations into our return bins. DO NOT leave donations outside the library. We cannot safely handle donations at this time.

Wifi - The Cranston Public Library has limited access to FREE public WiFi in the parking lots of all library locations. Please stay inside your car and follow social distancing. Patrons access library WiFi at your own risk.

Resources - We have compiled a list of online resources and health and business resources for use during the pandemic. 

Please visit the Ocean State Libraries website for information on COVID-19 and its impact on the Rhode Island Public Library system.

Contact Us

Visit our Contact Us page for contact information during the closure. 

Live Chat - Click on the blue "Questions? Contact a Librarian!" button on the bottom right of this website to be connected to a reference librarian. 

Live chat is available Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm.

By Phone - Please call 401-943-9080 to leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.  

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