The Oak Lawn Library is the oldest branch in the city's library system. It was built in the early 19th century and…More served as a school before opening as a library in 1896.
In 1840, the building was cut in half and moved from its original site on Route 5 (where 99 Restaurant currently sits) to Wilbur Avenue.
In its early days, the library was a private, subscription based library to serve the people of the agrarian Searle's Corners area, which is now known as Oak Lawn Village.
The library was officially incorporated into the city's library system in 1968.
Along with the 2.5-mile move in 1840, the building has undergone several substantial renovations to serve the growing community around it. In 1965, the library gained a children's room and basement, and in the early 1990s, a new accessible entrance, restroom and 900 additional square feet of space were added.
The Arlington Reading Room is the smallest branch of the Cranston Public Library system, occupying a compact space on…More the first floor of the same building as Cranston Adult Day Services.
This library is heavily used by seniors and children. Although the size of the collection is limited due to space, books at other libraries can be delivered to the Arlington Reading Room speedily. The entire library system is fingertips away at this cozy branch.
Auburn Library 396 Pontiac Ave, Cranston, RI02910 Located on Pontiac Avenue, the Auburn Library was founded in 1888 and was known as the Auburn Reading Room Association.…More It once served six neighborhood locations before it was relocated to its permanent spot on Pontiac Avenue. This cozy library boasts a sizable reference and music selection, as well as an expansive children's room. A unique service offered by the Auburn Library is a books-at-home service for the elderly and other Cranston residents who have trouble leaving the house.