Phase Three

Please visit our Covid-19 resource page for up-to-date virus & vaccine information.  

All CPL locations are open to the public.


  • All library patrons over 2 years old must be wearing a mask to enter the library.  
  • Physical distancing is required (6 feet distance)
  • If you are sick or experiencing any symptoms of illness, we ask you that you refrain from entering the library at this time. 
  • We have hand sanitizer for your use and restroom facilities for handwashing at all locations.


SCHEDULE - All locations are OPEN

Monday 9 - 8 Monday 10 - 4:30  Monday 10 - 6 Monday 11 - 6 Monday 10 - 1 Monday  10 - 8
Tuesday 9 - 8 Tuesday 10 - 4:30 Tuesday  10 - 6 Tuesday  11 - 6 Tuesday  10 - 5 Tuesday  12 - 8
Wednesday 9 - 8 Wednesday 10 - 4:30 Wednesday  10 - 6 Wednesday  11 - 6 Wednesday  10 - 5 Wednesday  12 - 8
Thursday 9 - 5  Thursday closed Thursday  2 - 6 Thursday closed Thursday closed Thursday  10 - 8
Friday 9 - 5 Friday 10 - 4:30 Friday  10 - 6 Friday  11 - 5 Friday  10 - 5 Friday closed
Saturday 9 - 5 Saturday closed Saturday 10 - 5 Saturday closed Saturday 12 - 4 Saturday 10 - 5


There may be a limit to the amount of library users who can be in each location. 

Please follow staff instructions at each location regarding capacity limits.  

All meeting rooms will remain closed.  



Computer use will be limited to 1 hour.  You must have a reservation to use a computer so that we may sanitize each workstation between uses. You may make a reservation by calling the library, or in person when you visit.  Due to physical distancing measures, staff can only provide limited computer assistance in the library.

We are offering remote technology help. Click here to make an appointment for virtual technology help. 


Library Procedures: The "Now" Normal

  • The library is open for holds pickup, browsing, reference assistance, and computer use.
  • Tables & chairs and study rooms  will be unavailable.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot allow any sitting or congregating in the library at this time.
  • The stacks are open.
  • All materials must be returned in the book drops. Please do not hand materials to staff.  
  • We are not accepting any donations at this time.   



You can now login to the catalog and place holds on up to 20 items.

We are receiving daily statewide delivery Monday through Friday.     


To save time when you visit the library, you may call or email ahead to request items that are currently on our shelves.  You may ask library staff to set aside specific items, or you may request materials on a certain topic or for a certain age. You can browse materials online using the catalog. Please leave enough time for library staff to select items before you arrive.

To request library materials at all locations you can either:

Call your branch library

Email your branch library:


Picking up items without entering the building is available at certain locations. Please call or email to have your items pre-checked out and ready for you. Contactless pickup will only be available for current holds and items you have pre-ordered.  Library staff cannot pull additional items when you arrive for pick-up.   

Central Library pickup: please call 401-943-9080 x2 when you arrive.

Auburn Branch pickup: please call 401-781-6116 when you arrive.

William Hall branch pickup: please call 401-781-2450 when you arrive.

Oaklawn Branch pickup: please call 401-942-1787 when you arrive.


Yes! All of our book drops are open and ready to receive materials. Please place returns in book drops only. Do not hand to staff. 

We will quarantine items for 24 hours. You do not need to sanitize or clean materials before returning.

Please be advised that returned items will stay on your account for up to 24 hours; you will not be charged overdue fines.

Fines - Ocean State Libraries have agreed to waive fines for fines accrued March 14, 2020 - May 31, 2021.  Cranston Public Library has permanently eliminated fines on our books, audiobooks, and magazines.



  • Staff will print documents on demand for patrons if you call or email.

  • Remote printing using PrinterOn currently available at the Central library only.


Notary is available by appointment at the Central library only.  Please call 401-943-9080 x102 to reserve a time. 


We are not accepting donations at this time.