Getting or renewing a library card is free and easy for Rhode Island residents!
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 at no charge.
Library cards are free for Rhode Island residents. Non-residents may purchase a full use card for $200 per year. Photo proof of identity and proof of current address are required, and the applicant must apply in person.
Please stop by your local branch for an application, or use our convenient online application here. You may present one of the following valid Rhode Island IDs:
- 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 shelter
- Bank statement
People who work in Rhode Island and reside out-of-state may be issued a Cranston Local Use Only card at no charge. Proof of employment (work ID or pay stub) and verification of home address must be provided. A Local Use Only card may only be used at the Cranston Public Library and its branches.
Children under age 13 should have a parent or guardian with them to obtain a library card. 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 CARD HOLDER
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