Service & Interlibrary Loan Policy

The Cranston Public Library is a member of the Ocean State Libraries consortium which means a library card issued from any OSL library will allow you to borrow materials from any OSL member library.  In compliance with state law, the Cranston Public Library extends full access and borrowing privileges without charge to all Rhode Island residents.  Information about library services, including hours and locations, are available on the library’s website.   

Rhode Island library users are able to borrow materials from non-OSL Rhode Island libraries and out of state libraries using the Interlibrary Loan service. The Interlibrary Loan service (ILL) is governed by the Library of Rhode Island standards. You can request materials through ILL at any Cranston Public Library location by contacting a library staff member. There is no guarantee that the materials requested will be available from another institution. There is no charge for placing an ILL request but the patron is required to pay one-way shipping costs and is subject to normal fines and fees for overdue and lost materials. Interlibrary loan requests are limited to 5 items per week per patron. 

The Cranston Public Library participates in complete resource sharing of all circulating materials with the exception of those materials classified as equipment and those materials classified as special loan.


Approved by the Cranston Public Library Board of Trustees 7/8/2015

Revised 5/11/2016