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Providence Athenaeum

College Hill, Providence
  • Kidoinfo
    "Excellent collection of books for kids and adults."(4 Tips)
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  • Alli F.
    Alli FrymoyerAugust 31, 2013
    This is a beautiful, beautiful library. The photo ops are plentiful, and there is a really nice self-guided tour. Make sure to check out the portrait of George Washington in the reading room!
  • CNN
    CNNApril 13, 2015
    Founded in 1836, the Providence Athenaeum is an independent, member-supported library. The Greek Revival building that houses the library was designed by Philadelphia architect William Strickland. Read more
  • Sarah c.
    Sarah cMarch 2, 2016
    Possibly my favorite place in Providence. FYI - I brought my kids and was reduced to tears ( happy ones) when finding some classic children's stories I read many years ago.
  • William Raveis Rhode Island & SE Massachusetts
    This is a collection of historic buildings that almost form a small town. Entering the area allows a person to shed the modern world for a world of the mid 1700’s.
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANJuly 3, 2013
    Providence Athenaeum's original collection consisted of 345 titles. Unfortunately many were lost in a fire during the late 1700s. Learn more about the library's history in this C-SPAN video. Read more
  • Kidoinfo
    KidoinfoJune 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This is listed as a bookstore but it is actually a lovely library. Excellent collection of books for kids and adults.
  • Kaitlin T.
    Kaitlin TJune 27
    Small, but gorgeous. So many books and nooks.
  • Carmen N.
    Carmen NAugust 8, 2014
    The HP Lovecraft collection is great! So glad this place is still around.
  • Paul T.
    Paul Tuminaro3 weeks ago
    All the papers and books you want and you’re allowed to bring in your coffee with a lid!
  • Vanya P.
    Vanya PetraApril 24, 2012
    "One of America's oldest lending libraries established in 1753."
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