Get a Library Card

Getting a library card is free and easy for Rhode Island residents!  Click here to sign up for a library card online 

Cranston Public Library is a member of the  Ocean State Libraries consortium, which means that your public library card is good at any public library in the state.  If your local branch does not have an item you are interested in, you can request it through our statewide delivery service.  A library card is free for Rhode Island residents. Non-residents may purchase a full use card for $125 per year. Photo proof of identity and proof of current address are required.   

Please stop by your local branch for an application.   You may present one of the following valid Rhode Island ID's:

    • Current Rhode Island driver's license (if address is not current, current address must be written on the back as provided for on the license)
    • Current Rhode Island State ID
    • Current Photo learner's permit 

If you do not currently have a Rhode Island ID, you may present another photo ID, such as a passport or work ID, and proof of RI residency, such as:

    • Personal or payroll check
    • Cable, phone or utility bill
    • Proof of mailing (any piece of mail delivered by the US Post Office)
    • Tax Bill or receipt
    • Bus Pass (must have address)
    • Statement from a homeless or other shelter
    • Bank statement 

People who work in Rhode Island and reside out-of-state may be issued a Local Use Only card at no charge. They must show proof of employment (work ID or pay stub) and verification of their home address. A Local Use Only card may only be used at the Cranston Public Library and its branches. 

Children under age 14 must have a parent or guardian with them to obtain a library card. Replacement of a lost card is $1.00 fee. You are responsible for all items checked out on your card.

Please note:  your library card has an expiration date and needs to be renewed every 3 years.  Proof of RI residency will be required for renewal.  


RESPONSIBILITIES OF A LIBRARY CARDHOLDER

Cardholders accept responsibility for all items checked out on their card.  Library cards are non-transferable.  Report lost cards or a change in address as soon as possible.  You will be charged for lost or damaged materials.  R.I. Gen. Laws 11-41-14