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C-Lab logoWelcome to the C-Lab

The C-Lab is Cranston Public Library's space for learning, exploring, and experimenting with technology. The C-Lab offers structured classes, innovative programs, one-on-one technology assistance (by appointment), and open hours where the public can drop in.

Computer Classes

Computer classes are offered at the Cranston Public Library's Central Library. They cover a range of topics from Computer Basics to Microsoft Office to social media websites.

All classes are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

If you have any questions regarding computer classes, please call the Adult Services Department at 401-943-9080 x3 or email us at c-lab@cranstonlibrary.org (opens email).

Open Tech Time

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:00 - 4:00 PM at the Central Library, 140 Sockanosset Cross Rd. (link opens in a new tab) and
Wednesdays, 2:00 - 4:00 PM at the William Hall Library, 1825 Broad St. (link opens in a new tab)

Drop in anytime between 2:00 - 4:00 PM and receive help with:

  • Learning how to use a computer
  • Navigating your smartphone, tablet, or even older phone
  • Practicing what you learned in one of our computer classes
  • Writing a basic resume or cover letter
  • Using our Media Preservation Station (convert VHS tapes, cassettes, and vinyl to CD or digital file)
  • Applying for a job online
  • Learning how a 3D printer works.

No appointment necessary. First come, first serve.
We do our best to help everyone. If we don't know the answer to your question,  we will point you in the right direction.
Laptops are available for use.

For more information, call 401-943-9080 x3 or email us at c-lab@cranstonlibrary.org (opens email)

Media Preservation Station

The library offers preservation services for VHS tapes, cassettes, and vinyl records. For more information, please visit our Media Preservation Station webpage (link opens in a new tab)

. Come to Open Tech Time to learn more about the process or check out the below FAQ's for more information:

  • VHS and VHS-C Tapes to DVD and/or Digital
  • Vinyl Record or Cassette Tape to CD and/or Digital
  • 8mm & Super 8mm Film Reel to Digital
  • Digitize photos, negatives, slides, and medium format panoramic film.  

One-on-one Technology Help Appointments

Can't make it to a Computer Class or Open Tech Time? Book a 1 hour one-on-one technology help appointment with Katherine, the Emerging Technologies Librarian.

Call 401-943-9080 x3 or email kboden@cranstonlibrary.org (opens email) 


  • Lulzbot Mini 3D Printer
  • Roxio VHS to DVD Converter
  • Ion Audio Tape 2 PC
  • Audio-Technica AT-LP60-USB Automatic Stereo Turntable
  • Wolverine Moviemaker Pro 8MM/Super 8MM Film to Digital Projector
  • Epson Perfection V600 Photo & Negative Scanner
  • zSpace 3D Computers
  • Dell Latitude 3540 Laptops with Windows 10 (12)


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