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2016 RI Library of the Year

Congratulations to the CHSE Library for being named RI Library of the Year!

Read the press release 


Library Hours

Mon. 7:30 am - 2:15 pm
Tues. 7:30 am - 2:15 pm
Wed. 7:30 am - 2:15 pm
Thurs. 7:30 am - 2:15 pm
Fri. 7:30 am - 2:15 pm

(On many days, the library is open later than 2:15.  Check with Mrs. Blais for daily hours.)

Visiting the Library

Students are welcome to visit the library before homeroom, throughout the school day (with a pass from their teacher) or after school.  When visiting the library, students should sign in and leave their passes at the circulation desk.  
During the school day students with passes must:
1. Sign in
2. Leave pass in basket
3. Get pass signed when leaving
4. Sign out
Students should conduct themselves in an appropriate manner, and should be careful not to distract other students who may be working in the library. 

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Logging in to the Library Catalog , Renewing Books & Placing an Inter-Library Loan Request

Please follow these steps to log in to the CHSE Library Catalog and place a book on hold from another library:

  1. Click advanced search (in blue) in the above "Search the CHSE  Library Catalog" box.
  2. Click the login button in the top right hand corner.
  3. Type in your username and password. (Username=CHE plus your student ID# Password= your birthday in the following format:  MMDDYY)
  4. Select "RICAT (All members)" from the "location" dropdown menu.
  5. Search for a book.
  6. Click on title of the book you want to place on hold.
  7. Click on the "Hold It" icon in the uper right corner (above green arrow).
  8. Click on Save and you are done.  We will send a notice to your homeroom when your book arrives.  

To renew your books, click on the "Circulation" tab and then type in the complete barcode found on your book. 

To view your library record (items out, fines, hold requests, etc.), click on the "My Info." tab. 

Borrowing Library Materials

Borrowing Library Items
The loan period is 15 school days (3 weeks). Limit: 3 items per student.  When students have multiple research projects, they can request to borrow additional items.  
You may come to the library to renew if you need additional time, or renew online by following the directions on this page. Please bring your items to the library when renewing.  You can also email Mrs. Blais and ask her to renew your library items. 
Late Fees
The library charges 10 cents per school day for overdue materials.
You may not borrow if...
You have an overdue book. 
Lost Books and Magazines
Students must pay the cost of replacing lost or damaged materials before borrowing additional items.
Check your school email address and/or "My Info" in your library account to check for due dates, overdues, fines, and hold status.  Overdue notices are emailed weekly, and ready hold notices are emailed on the day that the item arrives.  
Interlibrary Loan
As a member of the RILINK consortium, the CHSE Library follows the consortium-level Interlibrary loan policy that is posted on the RILINK Website.

Contact Us

Heidi Blais, Library Media Specialist:

Twitter: @CHSELibrary

Inside Phone Line: *290

Outside Phone Line: 270-8315

Book Review Blog:


Summer Reading Suggestions


Click here for summer reading suggestions and required reading for English AP and honors classes.  


Free Online Tutoring for All Students

Need help with homework? Try!

All students now have access to through the Cranston Public Library’s website. From 2:00-10:00 daily, students can connect with a live online tutor and receive individual homework help in any subject area.


AML App - Access Gale Databases on your phone!

NEW!!!  Access the Gale Databases from your mobile device!

Choose Cranston High School East and the password is cran_log. 

Write a Book Review

Did you know CHSE has a book review blog?  Visit it by clicking on the "Book Review Blog" tab above. If you write a book review and it is uploaded to the book review blog, you can waive $2.00 off of your overdue fines. This does not count for lost book replacement costs. Click on the “Book Reviews” tab above for the form to submit a book review.