Hours & Services
FOR YOUR SAFETY
- All library patrons over 2 years old must be wearing a mask to enter the library.
- Physical distancing is required (6 feet distance)
- If you are sick or experiencing any symptoms of illness, we ask you that you refrain from entering the library at this time.
- We have hand sanitizer for your use and restroom facilities for handwashing at all locations.
SCHEDULE - All branches are open regular hours
|Monday 9 - 8||Monday 10 - 4:30||Monday 10 - 6||Monday 11 - 6||Monday 10 - 1||Monday 10 - 8|
|Tuesday 9 - 8||Tuesday 10 - 4:30||Tuesday 10 - 6||Tuesday 11 - 6||Tuesday 10 - 5||Tuesday 12 - 8|
|Wednesday 9 - 8||Wednesday 10 - 4:30||Wednesday 10 - 6||Wednesday 11 - 6||Wednesday 10 - 5||Wednesday 12 - 8|
|Thursday 9 - 5||Thursday closed||Thursday 2 - 6||Thursday closed||Thursday closed||Thursday 10 - 8|
|Friday 9 - 5||Friday 10 - 4:30||Friday 10 - 6||Friday 11 - 5||Friday 10 - 5||Friday closed|
|Saturday 9 - 5||Saturday closed||Saturday 10 - 5||Saturday closed||Saturday 12 - 4||Saturday 10 - 5|
There is a limit to the amount of library users who can be in each location.
Please follow staff instructions at each location regarding capacity limits.
All meeting rooms will remain closed.
We ask that when possible, only 1 family member come into the library to pick up books or browse.
Computer use will be limited to 1 hour. You must have a reservation to use a computer so that we may sanitize each workstation between uses. You may make a reservation by calling the library, or in person when you visit. Due to physical distancing measures, staff can only provide limited computer assistance in the library.
We are offering remote technology help. Click here to make an appointment for virtual technology help.
Library Procedures: The "Now" Normal
- The library will be open for holds pickup, browsing, and computer use only.
- Tables & chairs and study rooms will be unavailable.
- Unfortunately, we cannot allow any sitting or congregating in the library during Phase Three.
- The stacks are open.
- Only 1 person allowed per row of books.
- All materials must be returned in the book drops. Please do not hand materials to staff.
- We are not accepting any donations at this time.
You can now login to the catalog and place holds on up to 20 items, including items from other libraries.
We are receiving daily statewide delivery Monday through Friday.
PRE-ORDERING IN STOCK MATERIALS
To save time when you visit the library, you may call or email ahead to request items that are currently on our shelves. You may ask library staff to set aside specific items, or you may request materials on a certain topic or for a certain age. You can browse materials online using the catalog. Please leave enough time for library staff to select items before you arrive.
To request library materials at all locations you can either:
|Call your branch library|
Email your branch library:
Picking up items without entering the building will only be available at the Central library, the Auburn branch, and the William Hall Library. Please call or email to have your items pre-checked out and ready for you. Contactless pickup will only be available for current holds and items you have pre-ordered. Library staff cannot pull additional items when you arrive for pick-up.
Central Library pickup: please call 401-943-9080 x2 when you arrive.
Auburn Branch pickup: please call 401-781-6116 when you arrive.
William Hall branch pickup: please call 401-781-2450 when you arrive.
Oaklawn Branch pickup: please call 401-942-1787 when you arrive.
Yes! All of our book drops are open and ready to receive materials. Please place returns in book drops only. Do not hand to staff.
We will quarantine items for 48 hours. You do not need to sanitize or clean materials before returning.
Please be advised that returned items will stay on your account for up to 48 hours; you will not be charged overdue fines.
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.
Staff will print documents on demand for patrons if you call or email.
Remote printing using PrinterOn currently available at the Central library only.