Frequently Asked Questions

Important information about library services:

Updated 12/21/2020

Due Dates - Current checkouts are now back to regular loan periods. You may return materials at any time in our book drops only.  

Fines - Ocean State Libraries have agreed to waive fines for fines accrued March 14, 2020 - March  1, 2021.  Cranston Public Library has permanently eliminated fines on our books, audiobooks, and magazines.

Holds - Ocean State Libraries will allow up to 20 holds from the catalog at this time. 

Library Cards -  If you don't already have a library card, you can apply for one online here: or visit any branch to apply for a library card in person. 

If you have any problems with your CPL library card please email sends e-mail)  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.