Online Resources You Can Use Now

Download & Streaming Collections

Ocean State Libraries eZone

Ebook and audiobook collections you can enjoy from home using your library card. Read or listen now using the Libby app from OverDrive.



Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine solution that makes it easy for you to read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device.

Get the App: iOS / Android


Free streaming access to over 30,000 feature films and documentaries. Log in using your Cranston Public Library card and receive 8 FREE play credits each month.

Kanopy Credit-Free collection
Kanopy Kids is offering free unlimited access through May 31. 


Read as many books as you want,  whenever you want, on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.  

Tumblebook Library - K-6 children's Ebook database
TumbleMath - K-6 math Ebook database
Teen Book Cloud - grades 7-12 ebook database
Audio Book Cloud - all ages audiobook database
Romance Book Cloud - a huge collection of steamy romance novels 

Resources for Kids 

Online Toolkit

Online resources for children, compiled by the CPL Youth Services department.

Virtual Library Programming

CPL staff have been creating online programs during the closure. Check our online calendar for the full schedule.


StoryTime Online

Storytimes especially for ages 0-5 are livestreamed every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday morning at 10:30 AM, and Tuesdays at 7:30 PM. 

See our videos on YouTube. Follow us on Facebook to stay updated.

Teen Book Chats

Cranston librarians will recommend books for children and teens that are currently available online. Tune in on Facebook each week to find out what to read next.


Down Time with Cranston Public Library

Staff from the Cranston Public Library share what they've been reading, what they've been watching, and what they've been loving. New episodes every Tuesday on your podcast app of choice or at Listen in and geek out with us!


Databases & Online Resources



Ancestry (Outside Library)

Discover your family history and start your family tree. Try free and access billions of genealogy records including Census, SSDI & Military records. 


Ancestry (Inside Library)


Discover your family history and start your family tree. Try free and access billions of genealogy records including Census, SSDI & Military records. 



Learn and improve skills across business, tech, design, and personal interests.

Free homework help from a live tutor online using your library card. 


Mango Languages

Learn a new language for free. Sign up for an account with your library card to track your progress.


Cranston historical newspapers

Explore historical Cranston newspapers from 1885-1977.



More databases are available at Rhode Island's Statewide Reference Resource Center.


 Computer Classes

Check out the following websites for technology tutorials:

Looking for some entertainment?

Little Alchemy 2 - A game where you combine elements to create new things. Find them all!

Explore LiveCams - lots of live webcams of cute animals.

Austin City Limits - Stream musical performances from the PBS series for free.

Radio Garden - radio stations from all over the world.

Top Cartoons - tons of free classic and new cartoons.

World Geography Games - fun for every nerd.

Shorpy - historic photo archive with amazing images. The views of downtown Providence alone are worth checking this site out.

Incredibox - mix & match music fun. There are 4 free versions, 3 paid.

Down Dog - Free personalized yoga and fitness classes.