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Cranston High School East Library: Home

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The CHSE Library supports all members of the CHSE community with instruction, digital informational resources, and books in a wide variety of formats and genres.  During COVID-19, the library will be operating differently to protect the health and safety of all, while still providing instruction and resources.   

The Cranston Public Schools Summer Reading Webpage is available here.


May 2021 - Reading Trivia Contest

April 2021 - Check out the Video Read Alouds created by our own CHSE students

March 2021 - "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You" virtual book club

February 2021 - Black Poets Project - Click on the icon above for details!

January 2021 - "Resolution Read" - Write a book review to enter!

December 2020 - Book Quote Poster - Click on the icon above to enter!!!

November 2020 Reading Bingo - Click on the bingo card (above) to play!!!!


Quick Links: (Please use the tabs above for more detailed and project-specific resources.)

Rhode Island's FREE Online Reference Center

Numerous informational databases, job & career resources, and much more...

Bloom's Literary Reference Online

More than 20,000 critical essays about works of literature

Cranston Public Schools

The official website of the Cranston Public Schools


Up-to-date information on the world's countries

Destiny Discover

1700+ eBooks that you can borrow through the CHSE Library for FREE!

Digital Theatre +

Streaming performances of over 900 plays, plus educational resources 

Flipster Digital Magazines

Browse hundreds of popular and academic magazines

Gale Databases

High quality information in all subject areas.  This is an outstanding resource for research projects.

JLG Digital eBooks

A revolving stream of over 150 eBooks

Click here for the username and password


Stream more than 100,000 independent and documentary films

FREE with your Cranston Public Library Card.

Mackin Via eBooks

Over 900 Multi-user eBooks

Click here for the username and password

Ocean State Libraries - Need a Library Card? 

Apply online!

(Photo ID and Proof of Residency Required)


Borrow FREE eBooks and audiobooks with your Ocean State Libraries card.

Teen Book Cloud eBooks

Over 1000 eBooks, graphic novels, classic literature and more.

Click here for the username and password

Free live homework help! Log in with your Cranston Public Library card. 

Click here for more info. 


CHSE Library FAQ (September 2020):

Can I borrow library books?

YES!!!  Please use this form to request library books and Mrs. Blais will deliver them to your 4th period classroom.  If you are on distance learning, Mrs. Blais will contact you to arrange a pick up time.  Note: You must be logged in to your CPS Google account to access this form. 

How can I find out what books are available in the CHSE Library?

Please scroll down this page and you will see a library search box.  You can use this box to search our library catalog, as well as see what books are available in other school libraries throughout RI. When you see a book you want, please complete this book request form.  You can request books from other schools and they will be delivered to you at CHSE. 

I need help with a school project. Can you please help me?

YES!!!  Mrs. Blais is happy to help students with school projects.  Just email her at and she will arrange a time to meet with you either in person or virtually to help you with your project. 

Will my class be visiting the library?  

During COVID-19, rather than instructing classes in the library, Mrs. Blais will be instructing students in their regular classrooms. 

Is the library open before school?  

Currently, the library is not open before school as all students are reporting directly to class immediately upon entering the building.  Students may quickly return books to the library before school on their way to class. 

Is the library open after school?  

Students may make quick visits to the library after school to return materials or speak with Mrs. Blais.  Currently, students are not allowed to linger in the library after school. 

Do you have any community service opportunities? 

Currently we are not able to utilize student volunteers, due to COVID-19. However we do have a special community service opportunity open to all students.  Students who help the school community by writing about books they have enjoyed will receive one hour of community service for each book review that they submit to our book review blog.  For more info, click on the "CHSE Book Review Blog" tab above. 

Twitter Feed

2016 RI Library of the Year

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

Read the press release 


Contact Us

Heidi Blais, Library Media Specialist:

Twitter: @CHSELibrary

Inside Phone Line: *290

Outside Phone Line: 270-8315

Book Review Blog:


Search the CHSE Library Catalog


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Advanced Search

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=CRA plus your student ID# Password=your student ID number)
  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 upper 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. 
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, 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.

COVID-2019 Info. from the CDC

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.

Write a Book Review

Did you know CHSE has a book review blog?  Visit it by clicking on the "Book Review Blog" tab above. Click on the “Book Reviews” tab above for the form to submit a book review.

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.)