The Cranston Public Library has a growing local history collection available at the Central Library with other special collections available at select branch locations.
The library's location history collections include town histories, maps, newspaper clippings, Cranston city phone directories, Cranston Tax Rolls, select Cranston High School yearbooks and other resources.
The library also subscribes to the Rhode Island Historical Society magazine Rhode Island History and the Rhode Island Genealogical Society journal RI Roots.
NEWSPAPERS & MICROFILM
The Cranston Public Library has extensive holdings of historical Cranston newspapers in print and microfilm. The library's holdings include:
- Cranston City Times (1921-1925, microfilm)
- Cranston Herald (1936-2016, microfilm)
- Cranston Leader (1889-1890, microfilm)
- Cranston Mirror (1969-1991, microfilm)
- Cranston Monthly (1999-2006, in print)
- Cranston News (1922-1933; 1936-1939, microfilm)
- Cranston Today (1973-1975, microfilm)
- Neighborhood News (1930-1931, microfilm)
- Howard Times (1885-1905, microfilm)