OUR BORROWING POLICIES
The Cranston Public Library is a fine-free library.* The information below pertains to the Cranston Public Library only. Other libraries in the Ocean State Libraries network may have different loan rules, renewal policies, and fine structures.
*A limited amount of our special collections may still have overdue fines .
|Material||Loan Period||Overdue Fine|
|Adult books, magazines, audiobooks||3 weeks + 2 automatic renewals||No Fines|
|Adult Feature Films (DVDs and Blu-rays) and Video Games||7 days + 2 automatic renewals||No Fines|
|Non-fiction DVDs & Blu-rays and Music CDs||3 weeks + 2 automatic renewals||No Fines|
|Children's & Teen books, audiobooks, music CDs, non-fiction DVDs & Blu-rays||3 weeks + 2 automatic renewals||No Fines|
|Children's Feature Films (DVDs and Blu-rays)||7 days + 2 automatic renewals||No Fines|
|All Express Books||7 days (no renewals, no holds)||50¢ per day|
|All Express DVDs||2 days (no renewals, no holds)||$1.00 per day|
|Bingeboxes||3 weeks (no renewals, no holds)||$1.00 per day|
|Cool Tools (ages 18+)||7 days (no renewals, no holds)||$5.00 per day|
|Museum Passes||Same day (no renewals)||$5.00 per day|
|eBooks, digital audiobooks, streaming movies & tv from our virtual collections||Varies||No Fines/Never Overdue|
Renewals are automatic if no one else is waiting for the item. Most items will be renewed for 2 additional loan periods. See borrowing chart above. You may also renew your materials online at catalog.oslri.net/patroninfo .
Most materials borrowed from Cranston libraries may be returned to any RI public library. Breakable items such as Bingeboxes and Cool Tools must be returned to the owning location ($5 fee if returned to a non-Cranston library)
All Cranston locations have outdoor library return boxes available for your convenience 24 hours per day.
You can choose to receive due date reminders, holds, and overdue notifications via phone or email. As an additional option, you may opt-in to text notifications from your mobile device by following the directions here.
HOLIDAYS, SNOW DAYS, AND OTHER EMERGENCY CLOSINGS:
If we are closed for a holiday, snow storm, or other emergency, your lending period will be extended for that day.
PAY YOUR FEES ONLINE
The Pay Online button can be found by going to the OSL Catalog and clicking on the Login to your Account link. Once you enter your name and library card number, you'll have access to several options, including “Pay Online." Click here for more information on paying fines online.
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, in accordance with Rhode Island state law. (R.I. Gen. Laws 11-41-14 )
The Cranston Public Library strives to provide our patrons with a collection of materials that are in good condition, including books that are free from food stains and water damage, and dvds and cds that are not scratched or cracked.
Because of these operational standards and our responsibility to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars, we may have to charge you full replacement costs if you return items that are:
- Stained with food, drinks, or other residue
- Wet or moldy
- Missing pages or covers; torn, cut, or chewed
- Marked up by pencil, ink, marker, or highlighter
- Discs that have deep scratches, scrapes, or cracks
- In an unusable condition due to neglect