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Celebrating the Class of 2020!


CHSE Spirit




Cranston East Students appreciate our school's AMAZING faculty & staff....




The CHSE faculty & staff worked together to create this inspirational video for all of our students.  Enjoy!!!



In response to the COVID-19 virus, Cranston High School East is participating in virtual learning. The CHSE Library is here to support all members of the CHSE community through online informational and literature resources. 

Virtual CHSE Library Time: 8:30-9 AM and 2:00-2:30 PM on school days.....

I am “virtually” opening the CHSE Library each day from 8:30-9 AM and 2:00-2:30 PM through Zoom.  Please refer to your CPS email or contact me for login information. If you have questions regarding research assignments or books, please join the online library during that time to get help. If this time is not convenient for you, please contact me at at any time and I will do my best to help you.

Visit the tabs above to access our many resources for virtual learning, including .....

  • Resources for research projects assigned to you by your classroom teachers can be found by clicking on the Departments tab above --> Select a department--> Select your teacher's name --> Select your project
  • Free eBooks available through the CHSE Library, Ocean State Libraries, and other websites
  • Informational online databases filled with high-quality resources for school projects and outside learning
  • Students in AP classes can find additional resources and AP updates from College Board here.
  • While school is closed, do not worry about the due dates for any library items you currently have checked out. 

Quick Links: (To help students and teachers read and learn from home. Please use the tabs above for more detailed and project-specific resources.)

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

Destiny Discover

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

Gale Databases

Information in all subject areas

Bloom's Literary Reference Online

Includes more than 20,000 critical essays about works of literature

Digital Theatre +

Streaming performances of over 900 plays, plus educational resources 


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


Video streaming

FREE with your Cranston Public Library Card!



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

Rhode Island's FREE Online Reference Center

Need a Public Library Card? 

Apply online!

(Photo ID and Proof of Residency Required)


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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 


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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=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.

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. 

COVID-2019 Info. from the CDC

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. 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.)

Contact Us

Heidi Blais, Library Media Specialist:

Twitter: @CHSELibrary

Inside Phone Line: *290

Outside Phone Line: 270-8315

Book Review Blog: